Have A Better Winter: Therapy Group for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)

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HSP Therapy Group

How do you handle winter?

Winter can be especially hard for highly sensitive people (HSPs).  It’s colder, darker, and the holidays and associated travel can add stress, no matter how well you get along with your family. Continue reading “Have A Better Winter: Therapy Group for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)”

9 Tips To Pack Like A Minimalist

Downsize. Pack. Repeat.

As you may know from previous posts, I’m in the process of moving.  There is nothing like moving to make me feel like a minimalist fraud.  When I consider the amount of time, resources, and energy needed to get my belongings from Point A to Point B, it’s enough to make me want to give everything away and live out of my backpack.

Then I have to remind myself: minimalism is not (necessarily) measured by the number of things I own, it is both a process and a mindset.  Additionally, minimalism looks different for everyone.  There is no ‘right way’ to do it. Continue reading “9 Tips To Pack Like A Minimalist”

Why Quiet Moon?

Introducing my new practice name and logo.


You may have noticed some changes in this corner of the web as I’ve started to update my website with my new practice name (Quiet Moon Counseling) and getting my new logo onto the site.  I’m grateful to have worked with graphic artist Jordan Gray, who seemed to pluck my vision right out of my head and create a simple logo which captures the nurturing and grounding presence I hope that my clients experience when working with me.

Continue reading “Why Quiet Moon?”

7 Tips To Survive Moving As A Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

Moving doesn’t have to be a four letter word.

If you were to take a look around me at this very moment, you would see two crates of books, a pile of flattened cardboard boxes, a half-filled tote of towels and exercise gear, three empty suitcases, random toiletries strewn across the floor, and two paper bags of clothes patiently waiting to go to the thrift store.

In case you couldn’t deduce the obvious, I’m in the process of moving. Continue reading “7 Tips To Survive Moving As A Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)”

4 Ways to Reconnect To Your Soul By Writing Letters

Given our ability to send correspondence in the blink of an eye, why should we bother with handwritten letters anymore?

Writing has become a ritual for me.  I send letters to my close family, friends, and relatives.  I write letters that I never send. I write letters when I feel inspired or sad or bored.   I write letters when I need to feel connection – to myself or to others.  I write letters when I need to remind myself of the beauty in the world, or to articulate the pain I see.  I write letters as a means to slow down my thoughts and process the world around me.   Continue reading “4 Ways to Reconnect To Your Soul By Writing Letters”

Self-Help Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight

Is this popular self-help book worth giving a f*ck about?

I am a self-professed, unashamed self-help book junkie.

There, I said it.

I read my first self-help book when I was 16.  I didn’t fully realize at the time, but this was my introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy–now a therapeutic approach I use with most clients.  I’ve been hooked ever since. Continue reading “Self-Help Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight”

The Value of Therapy

What is your best life worth to you?

Let’s be honest — sometimes it can be hard to pay for therapy.

How often do you tell your friend or co-worker the following:   “I’m going to the gym today,” “I got a pedicure,” “I went to church/spiritual practice this weekend,” “I had all day to myself to relax,” or “I took a sick day.”

We say this daily to friends, acquaintances, coworkers, and store clerks without batting an eye. Continue reading “The Value of Therapy”

3 Ways To Put Your Brain In Its Place

Don’t believe everything you think.

“I am so worthless.  I suck at everything, especially my job, relationships, keeping my car clean and letting my nail polish dry before I leave the house.”

Does this feel familiar?  Your mind spewing at you an endless litany of ways you fall short in life?  What can you do when this is happening? Continue reading “3 Ways To Put Your Brain In Its Place”

Poem: Your Weirdness Will Make You Stronger by Andrea Balt

“Your weirdness

will make you stronger.

Your dark side

will keep you whole.

Your vulnerability

will connect you to

the rest of our

suffering world.

Your creativity

will set you free.

There’s nothing wrong

with you.”

-Andrea Balt


Embrace your weirdness.
cropped-qm-logo-fb-prof-pic-01Arianna Smith, MA, LPC