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The Healer's Life


Newsletter of Dr. Elisabeth Crim and Moonstone Center

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Psychotherapy ~ Wellness ~ Professional Development


November 20, 2011

Greetings Friends and Colleagues!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I have so many things to be thankful for.  A husband with whom I am so in love.  Two beautiful and amazing children with whom I have been greatly gifted. Dear life-long friends from coast to coast.  A Southern family who welcomes me home with open arms each visit. Trusted colleagues who not only support me in my efforts as a psychotherapist, but also have embraced and encouraged my growth as a speaker, author, and CE producer.  And, I have each of you who join me and the Moonstone Center team through reading and forwarding our newsletter, spreading the word about our activities and endeavors and attending our CE and Networking events!  I am so grateful for each of you!  Thank you for coming along on our journey and taking us along on yours.

It is wonderful to connect with you again.  So much has happened since my last newsletter to you in October.   The Healer's Life is full of new information, updates, articles and a new event on Moonstone's beautiful horizon!  Take a few minutes and join me in this edition of The Healer's Life

Moonstone Center produced its first of three Boutique Continuing Education events, Dancing the Transference:  Honoring the Relationship Between Therapist and Client, on Friday, October 28. (We will share photos in the December edition of The Healer's Life!).   It was held at The Beach House in Hermosa Beach, where all of Moonstone's Boutique CE Events for 2011-2012 are scheduled.  The day was perfect with warmth and sunshine, easy ocean breezes and gorgeous ocean views.  The Pacific Room at the Beach House was inviting and comfortable in its relaxed beach theme décor with delicious continental breakfast spread.  The energy of people connecting, networking and learning together in a setting of self care was both comfortable and dynamic from the moment each arrived.  I have such gratitude for all of you who participated either by attending or referring and helping us get the word out.   The mix of lecture from me and intermittent yoga throughout the day from Simone seemed to allow all of us to feel energized and stay focused throughout the day; a powerful and sometimes unusual experience for a CE activity!  The incorporation of experiential learning and self care with dynamic didactic learning was a new approach that I will definitely continue to integrate into all Moonstone Center's CE Events going forward!  The next event (see below), is going to be even more powerful and focused not only on therapists' dynamic learning in a setting of self-care, but also restoring and healing the healers (that's you!) who attend.  We are building on the introduction to the Somatic Transference that Dancing the Transference offered.  Please read below for more information and RESERVE Your Space TODAY for Restoring the Healer: Exploring Somatic Transference and Compassion Fatigue scheduled for Sat-Sun, Feb 4-5, 2012.  Registration is open and space is limited.  Please read below to learn more about it.

Please also check out the new article I was invited to write for the San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association's November 2011 Newsletter, Analyze This!  A link to the article is posted under Articles on the sidebar of this edition of The Healer's Life as well as on Moonstone Center's website, www.moonstonecenter.com (Go to Articles Link).


Additional Thoughts:

Honoring Joyce S. Parker PhD, LCSW


In our lives as therapists we often share with our clients and patients in their celebration of healing and grieving of loss.   It less often that we as healers must deal with the acute loss of one of our own fellow Healers.  On November 11, 2011, we lost a dear and amazing woman in our mental health community of the South Bay, the greater Los Angeles area and the state of California.  I want to take a moment to acknowledge the life and recent death of my dear and respected colleague, Joyce S. Parker, PhD.  She shared the psychotherapy suite with Moonstone Center's Psychotherapy and Executive Offices in the South Bay.  She was a respected leader in the field of Clinical Social Work and an early writer and speaker to the issue of Attachment Theory in her work with children, families and more uniquely, with couples.  She and I shared a view of treating couples that included simultaneously treating each individual who made up the couple system in treatment.  Consultation with Joyce helped me and my clients on more than one occasion in this approach.  Dr. Joyce Parker was ahead of her time and strongly committed to the attachment process of people.  Ever learning new concepts in our field, she was a remarkable therapist.  She was also an amazing gourmet cook and delighted many of us in her circle with her never repeated feasts.  Many of us in the Los Angeles area and the state of California are grieving her loss as both trusted friend and colleague, author and mentor.  Our profession has lost one of its leaders and standard bearers.  Take a moment today and honor Dr. Joyce S. Parker by stopping, sitting down, and eating a delicious meal that feeds your body and soul while also digesting one of her articles on attachment and brain development (listed under feature articles on the sidebar) that will feed your mind and spirit...

And, Live a little today!  Joyce would like that.

And so would we...


Please check out Moonstone's upcoming Weekend CE Event, Restoring the Healer: Exploring Somatic Transference and Compassion Fatigue  below.  Forward our email or go to the website, www.moonstonecenter.com and share the link with a friend.  It will be a life-changing and practice-changing experience you will deeply value. 

Have a wonderful ThanksGiving Holiday with family and friends.

See you next month!


Elisabeth and the Moonstone Center Team






Upcoming Event:


Restoring the Healer:  Exploring Somatic Transference & Compassion Fatigue



Elisabeth R. Crim, PhD

Licensed Psychologist & Certified Relax and Renew Yoga Trainer

Simone Marke't

Certified Yoga Therapist, Certified Yoga Teacher, Certified Yoga Teacher Trainer


8 CEUs - Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs


Saturday-Sunday, February 4-5, 2012

The Beach House - Hermosa Beach, CA

Continental Breakfast & Beverages Served

Hotel Reservation Discount for Moonstone Center

For More Info & TO REGISTER TODAY! (click here)


Come join us

for a Weekend Away of Dynamic Learning

in a Setting of Self Care!


This course will delve into the neuro-psycho-physiological processes that are at play for both our patients and therapists in the process of psychotherapy.  Somatic Transference for both patient and therapist will be explored.   Special attention will be given to the issue of Compassion Fatigue that psychotherapists can experience over the course of providing psychotherapy, supervision and consultation.  Yoga will be incorporated with dynamic lecture throughout the first day for purposes of experiential learning.  The second day is a half day yoga experience in which participants will be guided through restorative yoga for purposes of further experiential education and physiological rebalancing directly attending to issues of therapist's somatic transference and compassion fatigue.


For More information or assistance in registering, please contact: 

Julie Brown, Moonstone Center Events Manager      Email:  Events@MoonstoneCenter.com                    Phone:310-371-2800, ext 2#  

Looking forward to seeing you there! 


Elisabeth, Julie, and The Moonstone Team

Upcoming Events 

Restoring the Healer

February 4-5, 2012 


More From Moonstone 


Moonstone Center Events 2011-2012 


Dr. Elisabeth Crim's Speaking Engagements  


Featured Articles 


Dancing the Transference: Integrating Old Steps with New in the Rhythm of Psychotherapy   

by Elisabeth R. Crim, Ph.D.


Psychotherapy Can Change the Brain and Mind

by Joyce S. Parker, Ph.D.

Self Care Resource 

Yoga International Magazine