Dr. Elisabeth Crim www.MoonstoneCenter.com                                                              Mindfully Mundane


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Psychotherapy ~ Wellness ~ Professional Development


 October 23, 2013
Greetings Fellow Healer!

(Aka:  Health and Mental Health Care Professionals (Conventional and Complementary-Alternative), Educators, Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Ministers and Spiritual Directors, etc.)  Our list of Who's Who in the definition of Healer just keeps expanding...Pretty Amazing!


  • A special thanks to Dr. Dawn Vo-Jutahba, Training Director for The Guidance Center in Long Beach, CA and their vibrant staff!  What an engaging day of training on Compassion Fatigue!  Welcome to many of you who are joining The Healer's Life! this issue!  



This month, I want to guide you to be mindfully mundane.  By this I mean practicing mindfulness during the mundane, routine, necessary-but-not-necessarily-fun aspects of your life.  I am a go-go-go type of person.  I thrive off meeting new people, and reconnecting with old friends and colleagues over coffee, lunch or a good glass of wine.  I thrill in speaking and teaching audiences and meeting individuals and couples in the intimate space of psychological and relational healing.  And I truly enjoy going to soccer games, marching band competitions, and traveling with my  husband and family. Yet as life-giving as these activities can be for me, if I delve fully into each of these areas of functioning without paying attention to my whole being from a quiet, centered, and attuned place, I can find myself quite out of balance, increasingly less effective, less fulfilled, and ultimately exhausted and physically ill; emotionally and spiritually not so well or balanced as well!


Mindfully Mundane...

I have found that practicing being mindful in the mundane can be a powerful rudder to my sometimes unwieldy little speedboat of a self!  (Actually sailing may be a better boat metaphor for me to live!) Being choicefully conscious and present to myself and to the activity in which I am engaged, especially if it is mundane, can be profoundly life-centering and life-giving.  When I am mindful while doing dishes, laundry, or cleaning my home, I often experience a sense of expanded space and time.  This is typically accompanied by an increased capacity to breathe along with improved energy and restored mind-body-spirit-relational functioning.  While practicing mindfulness when driving my car, I can find the drive from home to office and from office to home or other destination to actually be calming and rejuvenating (yes, even in Los Angeles!);  it can result in my consciously choosing a certain CD or download, radio channel, or just silence that meets my current mind-body-spirit-relational needs in that moment.  Even grocery shopping can become a refueling of spirit and emotion, a mental and physical reordering, and yes, even relationally lightening with the discovery of spontaneously kind and sometimes simple and even playful human interactions with strangers as I shop or check out.


Call me crazy, but slowing down and quieting to self during your mundane tasks - those necessary, sometimes unexpected and definitely not glorious tasks that keep your life running in the background - can actually be the key to experiencing more joy, success, fulfillment and profound healing in your life and the very work that is often more overtly valued and in the spotlight - as a professional,  a parent, a son or daughter, a partner and lover.


So go ahead, as you empty the dishwasher tonight, fold that basket of clothes, or repair that leaky faucet, make a choice, quiet inward and be Mindfully Mundane.


Peace, Joy, Restoration and Sweet Discovery to you Oh Healer,  

    and the Moonstone Center Team! 
The Healer's Life:Mindfully Mundane- Dr.Elisabeth Crim & Moonstone Center 

The Healer's Life: Mindfully Mundane

Dr.Elisabeth Crim & Moonstone Center



Another Note:  

I often talk to you about balance and paying attention and getting out of doors.  A recent study noted that sitting for several hours a day and not standing, walking, moving around can lead to heart disease and cancer among other serious health concerns (Mayo Clinic ArticleCardioSmart Article). Those of us who sit hour after hour doing psychotherapy, take heed!  Seriously. 


I teach and speak and write on transference, counter-transference, somatic transference, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and secondary trauma. 

I address the importance of practicing yoga [Breathing (Pranayama) Postures (Asana), Meditation and Chanting] for purposes of moving energy and releasing toxins out of our physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational selves.  I often encourage you to do this between your therapy sessions, medical appointments, or educational classes.


 I encourage you to take a yoga class this week!  Check the sidebar for suggested links for mind-body, mind-body-spirit resources.

Moonstone Center Offerings!
    Collaborate with Dr. Crim as a Speaker for your Organization!
  Dr. Elisabeth Crim www.MoonstoneCenter.comDr Elisabeth Crim - BlogTalkRadio - Dr Carol Francis  
Create an In-House Training for Your Organization's Clinical, Medical, or Educational staff!
We can custom tailor a CE, CEU, or CME level training to meet your organization's needs.  See Topics Below!
Who can we provide training for?  
Clinicians, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Educators, Nurses, Physicians, Spiritual Directors/Ministers, Yoga Teachers/Therapists, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Alcohol and Drug Treatment Counselors!  Mental Health Agencies, Universities, Schools, Hospitals, Clinics...
To schedule me as a speaker/trainer for your organization please contact Julie Brown, Moonstone Center Events Manager  or Call: 310.938.3203
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Feeling isolated from other therapists?
Struggling with certain patients who may have attachment or personality disorders?
Interested in integrating the Physical and Spiritual within your Psychotherapy Practice?
Aware of your own Counter-Transference with certain patients and needing a place for expert help in attending to it,
Desiring to utilizing your patient's transference and your own counter-transferenceit for positive treatment outcomes?
If you answered Yes! to any of these, you may want to consider the Power of Consultation for support, clinical case exploration, transference/counter-transference issues, mind-body-spirit-relational psychotherapy and your own process and planning in your professional life journey!  
I approach each professional with whom I consult from an inter-subjective approach, honoring both of our sets of knowledge, experience, and passion.  I offer consultation within a context of safety and compassion toward self with a healthy dose of humor where possible! We are merely human beings who happen to be healers of other human beings on this journey called Life!  I offer a space to safely explore what being a therapist, or other type of healing professional means to you and how to better assure you are going forward safely (emotionally, mentally, relationally, and yes spiritually and physically) for yourself and for those you are treating.  I do this from a clinical perspective that is grounded in an inter-subjective and holistic psychodynamic approach to individuals and relationships. Give me a call...Let's have some fun together while we help you grow and heal and provide effective healing to others in your professional life journey!
I offer consultation via:
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  • Group Consultation.  
  • Form your Own Group with your own Trusted Colleagues
Contact me or call:  310.371.2800  if you want to schedule an individual session or if you want to form a group of your trusted colleagues for me to join as consultant.  I am putting out a call to form a Therapist-Centered Consultation Group at this time. 
I hope to see or connect with you before the next newsletter!  Now, go Move a little and be Mindful as you go!
With Peace, Joy, Love and Light,
Elisabeth and the Moonstone Center Team
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Restoring HealerCompassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, and Somatic Transference: 
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  www.MoonstoneCenter.com Dr. Elisabeth Crim Inter-Professional Treatment Teams:  The Power of Collaborative Treatment Teaming

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  • Multi-Disciplinary Teams
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  • Settings:  Outpatient, Inpatient, Day Treatment, Partial Hospital, Intensive Outpatient, Residential
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Collaborative Treatment Teaming Between Conventional & Complementary-Alternative
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Book Review:

Clinical Intuition: The Neurobiology of Embodied Response by Terry Marks-Tarlow


Self Care Resources
Attend your Local Spiritual Community
Church, Temple, or Meditation or Yoga Studio
(Ask a friend, colleague or Google if you don't know where)

Yoga International 


Erich Schiffmann


Your Local Farmer's Market 


Joel Osteen Ministries 


For Women: 
Monica Lee


Sue Patton Thoele

For Men: 
Tom McGee,


Yoga for Men, Women, Children:


Los Angeles South Bay Yoga:


Simone Marke't,

Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Yoga Teacher Trainer


Harmony Yoga

Redondo Bch/Hermosa Bch, CA


Lyfe Yoga Center

Hermosa Beach, CA


Internationally located


Exhale Yoga and Spa

USA Major Cities and Abroad


"Yoga Studio"
 in Your Local Community
Yoga Class Tips:
  • If you are new to Yoga: Attend a Beginner to Level 1 class only and tell the instructor you are new to yoga.
  • ALWAYS with a new instructor or a new class:  Tell the Instructor your level of experience.
  • If you experience PAIN: STOP! ALWAYS tell the instructor if you experience any pain.
  • Try a Gentle or Restorative Class.
  • Try a Flow Class.
  • Experiment with types and schools of yoga:  Hatha, Iyengar, Viniyoga, etc.
  • Read about all 8 limbs of Yoga.









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