Selfcare

OutspokenC2 Welcomes Kimberly Bridi, C-IAYT, ERYT 500

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Kimberly receives her M.S. in Counseling Psychology in October of 2018. Her interest and expertise lie in the area of trauma resolution and chronic pain management in children and adults. She specializes in using evidence-based somatic and mind-body therapies with clients.

She is a trauma-based clinical yoga therapist who spent nearly 3 years developing yoga therapy programs in the U.S. Army’s first Interdisciplinary Pain Management program. During her time as a civilian provider, she helped manage and facilitate the Intensive Outpatient Program at Dwight D Eisenhower Army Medical Center to help reduce the use of opioids among service members. She worked with patients healing from chronic pain, trauma, drug and alcohol addiction and treatment resistant conditions.

Following her time with the Army, she created a non-profit organization to provide yoga-based therapies for military and veterans recovering from service-based conditions such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma and drug and alcohol use. She was awarded a local grant to implement a yoga-based treatment program for military sexual trauma in 2016.

Kim’s clinical training in trauma resolution includes the study of evidence-based techniques by leading experts including Dr. Bessel van Der Kolk and Dr. Peter Levine.

Previously she worked with children and teens healing from trauma and attachment issues, developed social skills groups for special needs children, and implemented her programs in schools.

She lives in Martinez GA with her two boys and two dogs. She loves hiking and backpacking, watersports and is a life-long student of yoga.

 

 

 

Grief and Self Care

Grief is a journey of adjusting one’s life to the absence of a person.  Those who have walked the path of grief and found their path to hope and healing are often the best support for others.  In order to support and offer strength for others, we must first find strength for ourselves.

  • SEEK AND ACCEPT SUPPORT.  If you lack support, make finding it your first goal.  Start with family, friends or clergy, or call a local hospice office or your EAP for advice.
  • FIND MODELS.  You may need evidence that survival and growth are possible.  Seek out others who can help you find hope.  Books and support groups may be good choices.
  • LEARN ABOUT GRIEF.  Many a person who has learned about grief has stated, “I realize I’m not crazy, I’m grieving.”  Understanding grief can help with the journey.
  • ACCEPT YOUR GRIEF.  Time alone does not heal grief.  Grief must be accepted and dealt with as a natural process.
  • ACCEPT YOUR FEELINGS.  Grief produces many feelings, some very intense.  Emotional pain signifies the value of the person in your life.  It also helps you be real with yourself and others.
  • PACE YOURSELF.  Grief takes energy.  You may tire easily.  A slower pace alternated with periods of diversion and mild exercise may help the healing process.  Include good nutrition in the pattern of each day.
  • INVOLVE YOURSELF IN WORK OR MEANINGFUL ACTIVITY.  It can help you to maintain direction, control, and purpose in life.
  • EXPRESS IT.  Without expression, grief can leave you frozen and stoic.  Find someone who can listen to your story, over and over.  You may also want to express it privately through music, art, or journals.
  • DON’T BE AFRAID TO HAVE FUN.  Laughter is good medicine.  Allow yourself opportunities for diversion and refreshment.  Laughter and fun does not minimize the value of the deceased.
  • RE-DISCOVER HOPE.  Faith is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to go on in the face of fear.  The healing process is a journey.