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…

Tips for Connecting with Teens as a Helping Professional

  In response to often being lectured at instead of listened to, struggling teens may use apathy and resistance to gain a sense of empowerment. While we adults usually labels these as “problem” behaviors,  they aren’t necessarily a bad thing! Resistance through either defiance (overt resistance) or apathy (subversive resistance) is actually one way a…

Sketchnote: Starting Points for Counselors Conducting a First Session

This one’s for all the interns starting this month. My internship-assigned mentor gave me a bulleted list of things that HAVE to get discussed in a first therapy session (left side of the page), and some talking points to bring up if the conversation is difficult to keep flowing (right side of the page). Naturally,…

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…

Good group leadership requires vulnerability- but how can a leader be vulnerable in a way that empowers others?

Group Therapy Sketchnote: How Good Leaders Model Vulnerability

Preparing for print a selection of my psychology sketchnotes for  my Patreon subscribers each month has been a fun experiment as I sort through sketchnotes old and new and learn the in’s and out’s of the best way to convert doodled sketchnotes to print-ready worksheets. This month I included in the PDFs this page of…

Family Systems Therapy Notes – March 2018

Many families that are struggling will identify one person as “the issue.” Having one person to care for (or rage against) soothes the family by allowing them to create a place where they can locate their pain. When the family locates their problem in this “identified patient,” the sense of helplessness is eased as the…

Notes from Development Psychology

The amount of art in my notes is in direct proportion to how bored/tired/distracted I am in class. #itsontopicatleast my favorite part of these notes is the sentence I just dropped mid-word #sotired………#psychology #psychblr #psychotherapy #studynotes #handwriting #studyspo #handwritten #psych #illustration #recovery #recoveryisworthit #mentalillness #mentalillnessrecovery #mentalillnessawareness #keepfighting #staystrong #alwayskeepfighting #fixyourwings #psychblr #gradpsych #psychotherapy # #counseling…

Relational Therapy Class Notes

Advice my Relational Therapy professor repeats almost every class: learn to hear your inner voice as you listen to another person. Don’t cling to what textbooks say is a "correct" intervention, and don’t allow your natural defenses to control the interaction, both will destroy the possibility of an authentic encounter.

Health at Every Size (HAES) Training Sketchnotes

Your body, your community, and the kids in your shpere of influence need you to think critically about cultural messages about weight, who is allowed to eat what without judgment, and what being healthy actually means. Notes from a #healthateverysize training in Seattle. Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift by Linda Bacon…

mindfulness bullet journal layout

Mindfulness Bullet Journal Layout – Minimalist Printable Version

I’ve been slowly revamping some of my bullet journal layouts in the last few months. I’m still loving the content, but finding bullet journaling is more fun and less overwhelming for most people when putting together a layout doesn’t require a large amount of time just to prepare a page to begin journaling. Instead, I’ve been focusing…

Cheat Sheet of Super-Simple Handlettering Fonts

  You don’t have to be a master of Spencerian handwriting or embellished and flourished scripts to add hand-lettered charm to your bullet journal or classnotes. Recently I took a few minutes to catalog 21 different ideas for non-script hand-lettered fonts that build on basic handwriting (rather than requiring a light box and penciling in…

Hand Drawn Laurel Wreath Doodles

Laurel wreaths are (one of) my recent doodling obsessions. Although I’m working my way through Umoto’s Drawing Cute Animal Illustration Book, I keep coming back to laurels in my sketchnotes and on the scrap pages in my notebook that I doodle on when a speaker is reviewing, answering questions, or telling stories. In my sketchnotes and…

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