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Interviews and News

As the new year is in full swing, I’m looking back at the past month or two and am grateful for the opportunities that popped up to share more of my story and talk about psychology, energy healing and women.  

In December, Joanna Chan and I were interviewed on WBAI The Positive Mind radio show in New York City in anticipation of our December 13th womens’ event, Trusting Transition.

We had a small intimate ground of women discussing and sharing their own paths and hopes for moving forward in the New Year.  Through energy healing, intention-setting, discussing needs and values, and guided meditations we all (even Joanna and I!) made shifts to set us up for the fresh energy of 2018.  

On the Positive Mind radio show, Joanna and I got to speak more about women in transition, our own personal transitions, and how to confront fears and blocks to change.  We even spoke about how focused intention-setting and groups of women coming together in support of one another can be powerful to elicit changes.  Listen here (part of the audio on the recording gets cut off in the beginning, so to skip that part start at about 3 min in):

Then, on December 31st, I was pleased to debut an interview with my friend and meditation facilitator, Jeff Carreira.  In the discussion, we go in all different directions, speaking about Jeff’s kundalini awakening, my kundalini experience, what starts to happen after kundalini awakens in the body, and what specifically started to unfold for me afterwards.  We also talk more about energy healing and the future of psychology as we start to learn more about and understand these sorts of phenomena as a culture.

To listen, click here: 

https://jeffcarreira.com/kundalini-awakening-tara-cuskley/webcast-replay/

If you are in the midst of navigating your own kundalini awakening, or have questions over how to do so, consider trying a transpersonal coaching session: http://healrenewtherapy.com/transpersonal-coaching/

Or email me at drtaracuskley @ healrenew.com for a 20-minute free phone consult.

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Now offering Skype Coaching and Healing Sessions

I’m excited to announce that I am now offering more remote coaching and energy healing service for those outside of New York State…

Are you looking for a clearing and reset of your energy field and a deeper dive into removing the mental, emotional, and energetic blocks holding you back from moving forward?  Are you looking for a deeper insight into subconscious core beliefs and intuitive guidance on specific life concerns?  Try an Energy Renewal session: http://healrenewtherapy.com/energy-psychology-1/

Do you want to refine your life goals and create your next steps in alignment with your highest vision and path?  Are you a spiritual seeker or on a healing path looking to get in tune with your own higher guidance, define your soul-based values, or dive deeper into shadow work and clear old beliefs or traumas?  Try online Skype transpersonal coaching sessions, which blend a focus on your everyday life goals with the path your Soul is destined to take: http://healrenewtherapy.com/transpersonal-coaching/

Tara Cuskley, Psy. D. is a licensed psychologist, Reiki Master, and energy healer based in New York City. For more information, visit: http://www.healrenewtherapy.com

Or contact drtaracuskley@healrenew.com to schedule.

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Creativity: Finding your Flow

The creative force…it’s the unknown magic behind the world’s greatest art, music, writing, poetry, and dance.  It’s something that has baffled scientists and researchers for many decades.  It’s an intangible quality that resides in some more than others.  Or does it?  What is creativity?  What makes someone creative?  Can it be measured?  Is it quantifiable?

In our never-ending search for mental knowledge and answers as a species we sometimes try to study and define the undefinable.  Researchers throughout the 20th century, such as Robert Sternberg, J.P. Guilford, and Ellis Paul Torrance, among others, have attempted to define, place labels upon, categorize, and develop tests of the elusive quality known as “creativity.”

Modern day researchers have linked creativity to constructs and domains such as giftedness, intelligence, reasoning abilities, and inventiveness.  Creativity has been defined by researchers such as Sternberg as “producing something original and worthwhile” or by Guilford as divergent thinking, the ability to generate a wide variety of possible novel solutions from an initial problem state.  Common Western ideas of creativity have also often traditionally included the idea of imagination or bursts of sudden insight, those “light bulb” moments so commonly talked of and so little often found.

These sorts of peak experiences have also been pinpointed by researchers as being something called a state of “flow.”  Flow is a specific state of consciousness defined as being completely absorbed in a singular activity, focused on a state of pleasurable producing where a sense of time seems to disappear.  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a primary happiness researcher, discovered that during these optimal “flow” experiences, people are activating their creative abilities and often feel “strong, alert, in effortless control, un-selfconscious, and at the peak of their abilities.”

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How Trump is Healing Us (Hear me out…)

In the now three-week wake of the recent U.S. election outcome, people, on both sides of the aisle, are still feeling unsettled, sad, angry, and divided, with families splitting, increased hate speech and crimes, and protests continuing in response to one of the most divisive campaigns from a presidential candidate and now President-elect in history.

So how in the world, you ask, is this healing?

I’ll tell you…it’s because we are finally viewing our collective national and ancestral wounds out in the open.

They are emerging front and center, whether we like it or not, and we are finally having a good, long look at the pain and division under the collective surface. One of the first principles of any good therapy or healing work is that we cannot heal what we are unaware of. Whether you ascribe to cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic theory, or spiritual shadow work, one cannot change what remains hidden and avoided, whether you label them as negative core beliefs, unconscious wounding, or the”shadow self.” It’s the first step in the process of acknowledging, “yes, there is a problem, and yes, I am willing to look at it.”

So, we are no longer sweeping it under the carpet…

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Emotional Enlightenment, General

Radical Relating

Given that the term “radical” seems to be a buzzword in recent political news, a good topic to land on today seems to be the idea of “radical genuineness.” Radical genuineness is a term used in a type of therapy called dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to describe validating someone’s distress which includes understanding their experience as equals, without viewing them as victims or as different from you.  It is respecting and understanding someone’s experience on a deeper level.  For those unfamiliar with dialectical behavior therapy, it’s a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy created by Marsha Linehan in the 1970’s for people struggling with intense emotional dysregulation, used today with good success and research support. Continue reading “Radical Relating”

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Psychologists can struggle too…

In the realm of psychology, it is not often that you hear of therapists or professionals admitting to their own struggles and emotional ups and downs.  We are supposed to be the models of emotional well-being, after all.  Well, guess what, we’re human too, with all sorts of messy stories and imperfections.  I think the greatest gift a therapist or any healer can give to others is the openness to be themselves and share that story, especially since healing from setbacks can be one of the greatest gifts to building oneself as a well-rounded and empathetic practitioner.  Continue reading “Psychologists can struggle too…”

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What is healing?

When we talk about healing, what is it that we actually mean?  According to the Oxford dictionary it means “to become sound or healthy again,” to “alleviate a person’s distress or anguish,” or “to correct, or put right.”  Each definition implies that something has been lost that must be found again, or “put right.”  When we think of the word healing, often images of wounds or illness come to the forefront of mind.  Why is it that we have taken this beautifully complex word and reduced it to its lowest form….that of loss, injury, or brokenness?

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