Sunset at the Beach

HELPING PEOPLE BEFRIEND THEMSELVES AND THEIR BODIES

Ring the bells that can still ring. Forget your perfect offering.

There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

- Leonard Cohen

 
Psychologist Session

[Show of hands]
Who here believes they are good enough? Anyone? Anyone?
Um, yeaaah, not so many hands flying up with that question.

Maybe someone from your past tried to convince you that something is inherently wrong with you. Or, perhaps you've suffered a trauma for which you blame yourself. It's also plausible that you've been hooked by the inescapable allure of social media where everyone but you is perfect (?!). Maybe you came to it through osmosis, absorbing the not-good-enoughness from a family member who modeled it, unaware.

No matter how you came shoulder to this belief, living with it is exhausting, and it undermines every. single. facet. of what might otherwise be a pretty incredible life. And, as you may have noticed, the quest for perfectionism is, paradoxically, self-limiting. 

It is possible to befriend your perfectly imperfect self and to experience joy and ease in your life! But, you're wondering, how will I find my way out of this trance of unworthiness? Well, the path to healing is different for everyone. In short, it begins with gentle curiosity and a willingness to practice meeting yourself and your life, just as it is today, with compassion. 

 

Compassion is not some kind of self-improvement project or ideal that we're trying to live up to. Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.

- Pema Chodron

 

HELLO, I'M LISA

I have been a trusted listener my entire life. I can't tell you how many times I've heard, "I've never told anyone this, but..." I've held these revelations sacrosanct. 

In keeping with the meaning of my surname, Trost (which means to comfort or to console), I've chosen to take a front-row seat to life so that I may contribute to our individual and collective healing. It is an honor to be fully engaged with humanity, as participant and witness, experiencing boundless joy, profound sorrow, and everything in-between. 

If you're ready to embark on a journey of self-acceptance, let's talk. 

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Lisa Marie Trost, MS, AMFT #118121
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

5297 College Avenue
Suite 201
Oakland, CA  94618

(530) 727-8124

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