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Intergenerational Trauma – Doodle and Questionnaire

If you aren’t naming and breaking the cycles that have entangled you, you are participating in them. It’s true in most systems we are part of, but especially in families. Researchers call it inter-generational trauma and have shown that the trauma of a parent is literally passed genetically to offspring (this Simple Wikipedia article on…

Balancing stress and support to avoid burnout - doodle by lindsay braman

The Voice of Burnout is Not YOUR Voice – A Sketchnote on Burnout

The voice of burnout is not YOUR voice. Burnout will say you aren’t cut out for it, that you don’t enjoy it, that you aren’t good at it. Don’t make career decisions while you are burned out. Switch employers, cut down hours, get a side gig selling slotted spoons on eBay, do what you gotta…

Personhood Podcast: Anxiety

Some humans I know made a pretty cool podcast, and I made a doodle of episode #5! If you are interested in psychology and exploring what it means to be human- and enjoy both with a lot of giggling and a smidge of profanity, check out  Personhood on Apple Podcasts or  @thisispersonhood I’m three and…

Doodle: Can we Trust our Bodies? Internal vs External Authority

Taking care of a body can be really confusing. As more and more data and tech are available to us, it’s so tempting to consume and compare- but trusting trackers, food logs, and external body ideals can actually erode trust in our own body and in the signals it gives us. When we wait to…

Study Tips from Psychology Researchers

How to Study – A Sketchnote on 5 New Research Backed Study Techniques

When it comes to studying, most of us probably think we’ve got it down, but modern research is challenging some of the longest-held beliefs about studying. In some cases, these researchers report, counterintuitive study methods work better than traditional study methods. In this sketchnote review, I’ll doodle a few of the top study methods. A…

Listening Well: On Being Impacted by Others (Sketchnote)

I’ve noticed a recent trend in culture towards the co-opting of mindfulness for the for-profit beast of the “wellness” industry. Social media and advertising increasingly paint the picture of mental wellness (particularly for women) as an idealized version of ourselves that stays neutral, calm, and unrattled by the loud emotional experiences around us (with, of…

Sketchnotes: Healthy Adults are Independent *and* Dependent

Healthy adults are independent AND dependent. Most of us have anxiety as we shift between what we fear is dependency on one side and isolation on the other. Health isn’t overcoming the temptation towards either, but instead it’s learning to thrive in the tension between them. This week I have had several conversations around loneliness…

Sketchnote: Genogram Symbol Key

When I took the class on family therapy in grad school, I fell in love with the visual language of genograms. Since making this genogram chart at the start of that course, it has been one of my most shared sketch notes across multiple platforms. Scroll to the bottom of this post to purchase a…

New Ideas for Art Therapy Group Prompts

This is a continuously updated post about art therapy* prompts and activities for groups. To my knowledge, these are new ideas not otherwise published or included in manuals. These are appropriate for art groups in all sorts of contexts- from therapeutic groups to artists’ meetups and “paint and sip” style get-togethers. Adapt the prompt and your…

Using Doodles and Sketchnotes for Study and Test Prep

  Memorization can be frustrating but is sometimes necessary. As much as I want my education to be a process of digesting and integrating new learning, sometimes it’s essential to simply memorize a list of facts, dates, or names. In this post, I’ll be showing you how I use multiple memorization techniques based on intersecting…

Bullet Journal Layout for Mental Health tracking of triggers

Bullet Journal Mental Health Trigger Tracker – Minimalist Layout

I began bullet journalling while in school for my masters in Counseling Psychology. In one of the bullet journaling forums I followed, a visitor posted about possible ways to track triggers and got zero responses- so I set out to take what I’d learned in grad school about trauma, mindfulness, and the value of self-advocacy…

Mind Maps as Information and Art: A Mixed Media Example

In this post, rather than sharing a layout or a technique tutorial, I wanted to share one project where mind maps, doodling, and visual thinking combined with art to create a visual representation of… me! My first assignment in graduate school was the casual prompt to: “Tell ‘Who I Am’ using one side of a…

A Mindfulness Bullet Journal Layout – Living Present Printable

Often as I rush through a day I am tuned out to much of the world around me, and my overloaded senses begin to numb as I rush from project to project. This year, I’ve been trying to live more aware of my senses- noticing and naming the sensory experiences that bring a sense of…

Bullet Journal Mental Health Layout: Tracking Triggers

[Februrary 2017 Update: I now have a minimalist version of this bullet journal layout available]   Recently someone in a BuJo (Bullet Journal) group I follow asked if there was a bujo layout to track mental health triggers. When her query had no response, I decided to draw on my own experience long-format journaling about…