Hi! I'm Sondra, your Mindful Path therapist! This is me standing next to my grapevines.I have concord grapes, green grapes, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. I love making jams and jellies. I also enjoy cooking, going for walks, and playing with my many pets and grandchildren! I like to read and write non-fiction, and listen to podcasts. I love my coffee on the patio in the morning and my tea in the evening. I am passionate about what I do and never tire of seeing my clients heal!
Learn how self compassion opens the door for healthy living, harmonious relationships, and new possibilities. Discover a gentle way to transform your life.
Adverse Childhood Experiences
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood. ACEs can include violence, abuse, and growing up in a family with mental health or substance use problems, among other things. Toxic stress from ACEs can change brain development and affect how the body responds to stress. You can learn to rewire your brain and stop the stress response and their long term effects on your health, your family, and your career.
Constant exposure to toxic interactions at home, at work, or with friends or extended family can lead to a number of physical, mental, and emotional difficulties. It can lead to confusion, sleepless nights, and intrusive thoughts as you try to make sense of the toxic person's words, actions, and motives. It can lead to headaches, backaches, digestive issues, and a whole host of physical problems.
Research shows that thoughts can have a profound impact on how we feel, and the way we feel can also affect the direction our thoughts go. By working to improve both simultaneously, we can bring you to a better place mentally and emotionally. When you think more positively and feel more hopeful and joyful, more effective actions naturally follow. When better things happen, better thoughts and feelings follow, and we create an upward spiral in your life.
In addition to talk therapy, we will lead you on a series of gentle guided meditations through your own heart and mind, to transform issues that may be too painful for words. I use a combination of art, journaling, and symbolic imagery to access those deep places that need healing.
I take a holistic approach to healing, recognizing that each part of our lives is connected to all the others. I consider past and present relationships, physical health, spirituality, and community connections when collaborating with you to bring balance to your inner life experience.
Our groups utilize material from experts like Bessell Van der Kolk's "The Body Keeps the Score" and Belleruth Naparstek's "Invisible Heroes". Members will learn to to be supported by others in the group as well as how to safely offer support to others.
Sondra Longbrake has mapped out her own recovery journey with ACEs and toxic relationships. She earned a bachelor’s in social work in 2001 and a master’s degree in counseling in 2011. Through continued research, professional practice, and her own spiritual journey, she developed an approach to personal healing and growth that changed her life. Now you can join Sondra on this powerful journey by following her healing blueprint.
We use a top down-bottom up approach to therapy. In other words, we help you identify thought and beliefs that lead to troublesome moods, feelings, and actions. At the same time, we teach some skills to physically relieve the feelings of anxiety. Together, these two modalities each create momentum for the other.
Call, Text, or Chat to 988
988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline), and is now active across the United States.
When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.
Kirsten shares her trauma history and healing journey in this poignant TED Talk.
We understand that everyone's healing path is different. Feel free to message or call us with any specific concerns.
Your time is valuable, and we will make sure to get back to you as soon as we can.
Longbrake Consulting & Advocacy LLC Walla Walla, WA 99362US