Interview by Jiovann Carrasco, LPC-S
Monti Pal is a charter staff at Austin MIndfulness Center. She actually helped me conceptualize the vision for our group practice and how to best fulfill our mission to bring mindfulness to our community back in 2011. I am so grateful for all her hard work over the years and for her dedication to her therapy clients and the value she provides them and the whole staff here at AMC.
Monti sees individuals and couples for therapy and she leads the 10 week Self-Compassion Group and our 5 Week Introduction to Mindfulness Class. She is also very helpful behind the scenes and helps keep our practice running smoothly. She is just an amazing person and we're so lucky to have her. Here's the interview:
What made you decide to become a counselor?
Written by Monti Pal, LPC
Halloween can be magical for many of us; it can be a fun time of year to us to dress up in costumes and try on a different identity. A time for us to wear a mask and be somebody or something else.
But have you ever thought about the masks that you wear in your everyday life?
Do you pretend to be somebody you aren't and then feel disconnected with yourself?
Do you hang on so strongly to pieces of your identity that you can't allow yourself to be somebody else or behave in a different manner?
What story do you tell yourself about who you are? Do you get lost in the thoughts, facts, feelings, judgments, and memories that you tell yourself?
From a mindfulness perspective, who you are and your identity isn't an issue. That's right---I just said that your identity isn't an issue!
In fact, the question, “who am I,” can actually create quite a bit of suffering for us.
Written by Jiovann Carrasco, LPC-S
A client recently told me about this new app she downloaded that she wanted to use to help her organize her therapy work. I thought it was such a cool way to supplement the work she was doing in therapy. It's called Therapy Buddy and it has a couple of features that I really like. First, you can make a list of things you want to talk about in your next session so you're prepared. I have a lot of clients who actually bring in lists whether it's in a journal they're keeping, or in the notepad app on their smart phone. Therapy Buddy also has a place for you to list "helpful takeaways" or things to remember about the session you just had. There is also a place for you to log your homework assignments in a task list. And you can also enter your appointments and set reminder alerts.
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