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Forward Momentum

  I laughed pretty hard when I saw this meme, but mostly because it was uncomfortably truthful.  I have been a bitch. The last six months have been brutal on my already damaged social life.  My feelings of helplessness and seething anger were further rritated by the unavoidable truth that there is no place around […]

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Cracks on memory lane.

I retain few memories of any given point in my past. If I consciously think of an event, I can sometimes pull up more information, but in general it is like I am only able to see snap shots of activity. Some events are so threatening to my conscious awareness that i have purposefully chosen […]

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Marina Abramovic #goals

Struggling with mental health and identity is not who I am, but rather a piece of the puzzle of who I have become.  More than anything I identify with being an artist, and being obsessed with exploring emotional intimacy.  I want to create spaces  where real dialogue  about important things can happen, without the constraints […]

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PTSD The Gift That Keeps Giving

I experienced the first of many remembered ‘switches’ between identies last August. I can only tell you that it is often so subtle as to be unnoticable, or so unmistakable that in hindsight, it seems odd it wasn’t picked up immediately. There are very clear triggers. One time in a playful moment, my husband picked […]

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It is scary.

It is scary to press the publish button. It is scary to think about being truthful to myself, and doing myself the honour of trying my best to heal my heart. It’s uncomfortable, the degree to which I have adapted myself over a lifetime to serve the needs of others. It is heartbreaking to realize […]

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The Need For Accessible, Affordable Mental HealthCare For ALL.

Last summer I had a difficult experience. The integration and understanding of this important piece needs to be processed separately, and I will do that at another time. I need to get these experiences out, but some of them are so hard to go through on my own. I begin the exercise of trying to […]

Birth of the Collective co-consciousness PTSD Puzzle Pieces

The start of trouble

I still find it amazing that the mind can divide things up for us, and box them away, never to be thought of again.  All my life I have avoided unpleasantness, and my mind has aided me greatly in this regard by immediately dismissing anything that was upsetting, unpleasant or painful.  I can barely recall […]

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DID under Pressure

In some ways, art imitates life so perfectly, there is little more that needs to be said.  I have always loved music, and how it communicates feelings and ideas I do not always have the ability to personally express.  Some songs provide a perfect resonance match for situations I don’t have words to explain. This […]

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What an integration experience might look like from the outside.

When I consider the process of integration, I must look at it from the perspective of each different structure. I am also aware of the process on a psychological and emotional level which seems to be the parent of the other structures, or its organizer. Each structure was created at a place and time to […]

Letters from The Collective real talk The Collective

Just WRITE About It.

Dear Gerri, We know you like to think you are always in complete control, but let’s face it, you are definitely not in control. You want to be the best version of yourself at all times, but this is simply not possible. That would be perfection and even you, working at your very best, cannot […]