Yoga Fest benefiting Suicide Awareness Program

Looking for a restorative weekend getaway that will also benefit a good cause?

Grand Valley Yoga Fest: October 4-6, 2019 | Palisade, CO

Like a traditional Yoga Festival BUT with a twist…

The aim is to come together to CONNECT, RECHARGE, RESTORE and to have FUN through Yoga and give back…

100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO SUICIDE AWARENESS PROGRAMS IN THE GRAND VALLEY

To learn more, visit:https://www.grandvalleyyogafest.com

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Posted on September 4, 2019 .

Parenting in Recovery Workshop

The Harmony Foundation and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation are co-hosting a 2 day workshop series focused on the specific challenges caregivers might face in their recovering family.

- Changing roles and holding boundaries
- Increasing resilience in children
- Using recovery tools to be an even greater parent

Where: HARMONY RECOVERY CENTER | 109 CAMERON DRIVE | FORT COLLINS, CO 80525
When: DAY 1: Saturday, August 24th, 9am-4pm. | DAY 2: Sunday, August 25th, 9am-12pm
Cost: $30 Individual, $50 Couple

Day 1 provides an understanding of parenting models. The group will create a “parenting inventory” for an opportunity to check in with what is working and to learn more ways to deepen their relationship with their children through their recovery. Day 1 also focuses on ways to build resilience in children. We will review some of the major tenants and traits of resilience as well as discuss tools and activities that parents can use to build their children’s ability to thrive, even in the face of adversity.

Day 2 explores the importance of structure and positive discipline for children. The group will discuss tools that can be helpful in those most difficult moments of parenting.

To Reserve a spot for this event, Call: 303-745-2275 or Email KRhodes@hazeldenbettyford.org

https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org https://harmonyfoundationinc.com

Posted on July 22, 2019 .

Beyond the Mirror Counseling & Wellness Presents: SUMMER GROUPS for GIRLS

The high school group started on Monday, June 3rd and runs from 5:00-6:30 PM and the middle school group started on Wednesday, June 5th and runs from 4:00-5:00 PM

*Girls can join at any time throughout the summer. Groups will continue to run throughout the fall. *

Both groups will focus on trusting your intuition, mindfulness, increasing self-esteem, healthy communication, sticking to your values, social media struggles, healthy self-talk and more. 

 For more information or to register, call Beyond the Mirror at 970-413-2264.

https://www.holistichealingandtherapycenter.com

Posted on June 14, 2019 .

Mark your Calendars! 2019 Denver PrideFest: June 15-16

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Join the fun and support for the LBGTQIA community in Colorado! Denver Pride, Denver PrideFest, the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade, and the Pride 5K are all produced by the The Center on Colfax.

Coors Light Denver Pride Parade | Sunday, June 16 | Steps off from Cheesman Park @ 9:30 am

Pride 5K | Saturday, June 15, 2019 | Steps Off From Colorado State Capitol Building @ 8:00 AM

PrideFest Festival Hours:  Saturday, June 15th 11am-7pm & Sunday, June 16th 10am-6pm

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 Support Denver Pride: Proceeds support vital programs and services that positively impact the LGBTQ community in Colorado, including our youth. 

https://denverpride.org

Posted on June 3, 2019 .

Pregnancy Related Mood Disorders Panel Discussion

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Join the Leap Coalition for an intimate conversation as women share their personal experiences with pregnancy related depression/anxiety, as well as learn about community resources available to women and their families. (Presentation for providers and community members).

When: Wednesday, May 1st from 2:00-4:00pm

Where: Southgate Church - 6541 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins

Cost: Free

Registration is required. Visit www.leapcoalitionlarimer.org to register and to learn more.

Posted on May 1, 2019 .

First quarter down

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It’s March, so that means we’ve almost been in 2019 for an entire 3 months! If you feel like you still want change for 2019, just know it’s never too late! Here are some articles that might help kick start whatever change process you’re wanting:

“Why Am I Always Like This?” - Feeling like you’re stuck in the same pattern over and over again? This article will help!
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/get-out-your-mind/201903/why-am-i-always?collection=1125900

Want to get healthier?
!0 Small Steps for Better Heart Health: https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/10-small-steps-for-better-heart-health

19 Small Changes You Can Make to Improve Your Health: https://www.realsimple.com/health/preventative-health/small-changes-improve-health

Desire a Healthier, Happier Relationship? https://www.huffpost.com/entry/habits-of-people-in-the-healthiest-relationships_n_58b72329e4b019d36d1022fa

No matter what the DATE is, remember it’s never too late to get started on your change journey! If you need some help getting started, A Purposeful Path is here to help!

Posted on March 9, 2019 .

2019 is HERE!

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It’s the new year and that comes with a lot of pressure to:
~ Make a huge change in life ~ Start something new ~ Stop something unhealthy/negative in life ~ Look for love ~ Change the way you look/feel/act…and on and on…

Not saying any of those things are bad to do right now (or ever). It’s just that our lives are filled with so many obligations and responsibilities that push us to our max, the New Year can add to stress rather than help reduce it. Our suggestion: Try not to get lost in the loads of pressure to DO something drastic right now! Instead, focus on some small attainable “shifts” that can be less overwhelming to dive into. Some things to try:
~ Shift your focus from a negative one to a positive one at least once a day
~ Try to make a healthier choice for eating one time a day
~ Park in the farthest away parking spot when you go to a store to get additional movement in your day
~ Try to smile at a stranger one time this week
~ Take a small risk one time today: have the uncomfortable conversation with a loved one OR yourself; read/research something that you’ve been curious about; be creative in a new way/rekindled some creativity you’ve not turned to in a while; look for adventure in your day.

These are small shifts that can build upon one another that then can amount to significant change if continued! You don’t have to move a mountain to plant a small seed of change. If you’re feeling lost, that’s okay, just know there is help ready for you! At A Purposeful Path, we are committed to helping every person we see with whatever it is they need right now.

Cheers to a new year that doesn’t have to be full of pressure!

Posted on January 8, 2019 .

World Mental Health Day

Today is the day! Let's gather and make the change. Create awareness by making social media green. Share a photo of yourself wearing a green ribbon, draw on your selfie and share or take a picture of something green and tag it #WorldMentalHealthDay

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Here are some interesting articles in honor of World Mental Health Day: 

Ex-footballer pushes for a "mental health revolution" after multiple suicide attempts

 https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/10/10/sport/world-mental-health-day-suicide-depression-clarke-carlisle-spt-intl/index.html

HOW SWIMMING REGULARLY CAN REDUCE SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY OR DEPRESSION

 https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/world-mental-health-day-swimming-anxiety-depression-swim-england-yougov-a8576876.html

World Health Organization

http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2018/en/

Let’s all try to be more compassionate toward each other, for you never know who is struggling with a mental health challenge. Be kind, be open, be there for those you love. Mental Health is not just a label to be ignored… it’s something we ALL need to care about! Let’s work together to end the stigma of mental health, which could make it easier for people silently struggling to reach out.

Posted on October 10, 2018 .

Life Transitions Group Starting 10/13/18

DESCRIPTION: This 6 week class is for anyone experiencing a major life transition to include, but not limited to: retirement, empty nest, widow, divorcee, or physical limitations.  This is an interactive and collaborative class where participants will be encouraged to share their experiences so we may learn from each other.  Exercises and activities will be provided along with group discussions.

The objectives for this course include:  1) Teaching participants how to be comfortable in the transition phase of their lives. 2) Transforming participants’ beliefs about transitions from one of fear to one of opportunity 3) Developing a concrete vision and establishing goals for a smooth transition into the next phase of their lives and 4) Identifying the roadblocks that are getting in the way.

FACILITATOR:   Laura Garrett is a licensed professional counselor and has been in the counseling profession for over 25 years. She is a life transition coach and author of 2 self-help books. Ms. Garrett works with a diverse population in her private practice, ranging from college students to baby boomers all of whom are experiencing some form of transition in their lives. With the use of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral skills, Ms. Garrett helps clients identify their fears and roadblocks to a smooth transition as well as assists them in developing a concrete plan for the next phase of their lives.

LOCATION: 109 W. Olive St, Fort Collins, CO

DATE: Saturday, October 13th 2018- ends Saturday, Nov. 17th

TIME: 10:00AM-11:30AM

COST: $149 per person for entire 6 weeks due at time of registration.

Contact: Laura Garrett at 970-420-4526 to register.

REGISTER BY OCTOBER 6TH, CLASS WILL BE LIMITED TO 8 PARTICIPANTS

Posted on October 1, 2018 .

Biochemical Nutrition Workshop

Did you know that Nutrition CAN positively affect your mood?

Join Karli Lamb, LPCC, NCC to learn how amino acid therapy and nutrition can impact your mood. This presentation’s intention is to equip you with knowledge relating to the impact of depleted systems in the body which can occur from restrictive dieting, substance use, and stress. You will learn how to supplement your meals with amino acids and create awareness around what foods are most beneficial for recovering systems.

When: May 4th from 3:00-4:00pm

Where: 19 Old Town Square. Fort Collins, CO 80524 (Large conference room)

Cost: $20

To register, contact Karli at Karli.kindredcounseling@gmail.com 

Posted on May 1, 2018 .

Acupuncturist offering Free Natural Health & Wellness Class for Babies & Toddlers

Glenn Fertility & Family Wellness (in the same office suite as A Purposeful Path) is going to be offering free health and wellness classes from time to time.  The first class is Saturday, February 17th from 11am-12:30pm and will discuss and demonstrate techniques for natural health and wellness for babies and toddlers. Topics covered: colds, cough, flu, ear aches/ congestion/ infections, digestive health and behavioral issues.

Montana Glenn, LAc., DOM will be teaching the class with the help of her two year old daughter, Aspen, who is beyond excited to demonstrate how they do "treatmenting." 

Space is limited to 10 people so please call and reserve your spot today!  970-305-4189
https://www.facebook.com/events/347762925724501/

Posted on February 2, 2018 .

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year!

So here we go!  Out with the old and in with the new!  With the newness of the new year, there is much talk about what newness people are creating in their lives...i.e. lNew Year's resolutions.  
Resolutions are something that date back to the age of the Babylonians, but this "tradition" can also be daunting or carry negative connotations.  Here are some suggestions to keeping your 2018 goals going rather than causing you more negativity once February hits:

-  Think about goals rather than resolutions.  Goals can be smaller, less transformative than resolutions.  But many smaller goals CAN add up to be quite transformative!
-  Keep your intentions realistic.  Goals that are legitimately out of your reach are really dreams!  This doesn't mean don't dream, rather just be mindful about goals that you can achieve, without putting unnecessary pressure on yourself/partner/children/colleagues. 
-  Have a plan to review your goals in March, then again in June, and again in October (think of the fiscal quarters to keep it easy).  Reviewing goals helps determine if you are being realistic or may need to set the bar higher because you're doing so well!  Remember: a little discomfort goes a long way in creating long-lasting, meaningful change! 
-  Seek professional help and guidance if you feel like you need additional support to assist you in determining your 2018 Purposeful Path!

So, here we go!  Cheers to an adventurous, meaningful and loving 2018!

Posted on January 2, 2018 .

Thanksgiving = Thankful?

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It is here...the HOLIDAY SEASON. With next week being Thanksgiving, many people are already suffering from holiday stress.  But don’t worry, because so many people suffer from holiday stress, we have many recommendations on what to do about it.  Here are some articles to help:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201511/why-its-hard-be-thankful-thanksgiving 

 https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/lifetime-connections/201611/8-tips-coping-holiday-stress-and-holiday-despair

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/making-grateful-kids/201511/choose-gratitude-your-own-way-good 

All in all, the research points to beating holiday stress with this simplified formula:

1. Take care of yourself first-mind, body, spirit.

2. Try not to stress about the small or big stuff-holidays are just another day in the year.

3. Remember that you have the power to harness the present moment-to be mindful in an instant, that you CAN get through even the toughest of moments: use mind-body awareness to center yourself. A really deep breath can help! 

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Posted on November 17, 2017 .

Life Lessons

Psychology Today posted an article titled "16 Life Lessons" in December 2016.  I would like to re-post these lessons, for I feel they can make one think about things a little differently...and that's the nature of being in therapy at A Purposeful Path!  So I will post the "lesson" and also the corresponding author, if you'd like to read more, please use the hyperlink at the bottom to read more.  So here we go:

When Life Issues an Invitation, Accept:  Spontaneity is the best antidote to fear and habit.  –Joachin I. Krueger 

               Spontaneity is actually a VERY

               good thing from an emotional

               wellness perspective  

 Don’t Hold Back: Change demands full-on commitment. –Peter Kramer

              Change does take some work!  

 Value a Little Compulsion: The drive to discover brings deep satisfaction.  – Joe Herbert

                Curiosity may have killed the cat.    

                but it's something necessary for  

                 true satisfaction in life

 https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201609/16-life-lessons

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Posted on April 12, 2017 .

2017= Time to be Uncomfortable!

The main reason people struggle to uphold their new year's resolutions is due to the fact that most people are not TRAINED or haven't learned yet how to BE UNCOMFORTABLE.  That might sound strange to some, but what psychological theories have proposed for many years is now what research is illustrating through advances brain imaging....in order to prevent complacency, mood shifting, lack of motivation, overall dissatisfaction with life, one just needs to find a way to keep the brain stimulated through trying new things AND working through discomfort in doing the new things. 

Simple enough right? Not really! But here's an article that may help:  

 https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/adaptation/201701/2017-the-year-break-outside-your-comfort-zone

If you find you are needing help with making some changes in your life, or need assisatance to learn how to be uncomfortable, feel free to contact us! We are here to help! Happy 2017! 

Posted on January 3, 2017 .

A Purposeful Path Wilderness Therapy

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What a perfect day...chance to do therapy in the wilderness (that's basically in our backyard)!  Wilderness therapy allows for psychotherapy techniques to be applied while experiencing a mind/body connection in nature.  For some people can benefit from being in nature in order to understand the full capacity of their ability to grow, change and improve in various areas in life. 

 

Have additonal questions, or how wilderness therapy could benefit you or a loved one, please let us know! 

Posted on December 6, 2016 .