Greetings to you, and a warm welcome to A Flourishing Life. I’m so glad you stopped by! This is a community of like-minded people who are looking for lasting solutions to problems and habits that obscure our natural experiences of peace and happiness.
There are many resources here for your inspiration, including a blog, guided audio meditations, and a question-and-answer section. And I am available to meet with you by phone or Skype for individual sessions tailored to your needs to support you on your journey.
You are always welcome to leave a comment or send me an email with any questions or feedback.
Please note that the posts on this blog are for informational purposes only and are not intended to offer psychotherapy or be a substitute for professional services.
This site is inspired by my own personal experience with searching for an end to suffering. Just feeling better wasn’t good enough for me. When I read in ancient spiritual teachings that enduring peace was possible, I believed it in the core of my being, and was on fire to know this truth in my own experience. I didn’t really know what I was in for.
The journey has led me to examine every treasured belief about myself and the world and to actually feel painful and frightening emotions without the drama. I realized that I had to risk everything and put my whole life up for grabs. I saw that my life was being lived, but that I wasn’t present for it.
Little by little, the knots have been disentangled and the armor has dissolved. What has been revealed is the unrestricted flow of love, joy, creativity, freedom…and so much happiness. All apparent naturally and effortlessly once the reactions and triggers have been unraveled. It’s been a blessed journey, and I’m delighted to share with you what I’ve learned along the way.
Here are some signature posts that will get you started:
- Happiness in Four Essential Paradigm Shifts
- How (and Why) to Make Fear Your Friend
- A Revolutionary Look at Changing Habits
- The No-Fail Secret to Reclaiming a Happy Life
By training, I am a Ph.D. psychologist with 17 years of experience offering psychotherapy. In addition to writing, I love to meet with people individually and in groups to support them in gaining the insights they need to release mental and emotional patterns that distract from happiness, inner peace, and full creative expression. I have worked with adults, elders, couples, families, and teenagers as well as people with pain and chronic medical problems. As a therapist and facilitator, I create a safe and welcoming space for my clients that holds the possibility for their deepest healing and fulfillment.
From this well of contentment, my life emerges. I enjoy teaching and practicing yoga, my French conversation group, eating a clean diet, traveling, and the beauty of Santa Barbara.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or insights you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to send me an email at gail AT aflourishinglife DOT com. I love hearing from you.
For more information about sessions with me, please click to visit the Services page.