In 2019, we will continue detailed discussions about how food, sleep, exercise and physiology can affect energy, mental clarity, mental health, and cognitive function. Additionally, we will use part of the time as a consult meeting where you can bring your questions and cases to hear a different perceptive. If you have topics you want us to address please email us.
In January’s Connectors Group we’ll discuss the Ecocycle. This will be a opportunity of people in the group to discuss how the Ecocyle might be useful to themselves or their clients, as we set our intentions of the year. We'll also explore how the Ecocycle might be a helpful tool in working with clients healing from mental health challenges.
In November’s Connectors Group we’ll talk a little bit about the science of hope and how to apply it to help get through the holidays with a little more grace. You can also check out a recent blog post on 10 Tips for a More Enjoyable Holiday Season.
In our October connectors meeting we will be continuing the discussion about how to know if a diet will provide energy and mental clarity, and some indicators to look for in your mind and body when experimenting with diet change.
In our September connectors meeting we will be talking about making diet changes, how to know if a diet will work for you, how to notice changes in body and mind with changes in diet, and how to know when to stop a diet experiment.
In our June connectors meeting will will be discussing connection and quick food favorites. This will be an open mic discussion group, with interactive conversation.
We know that sleep is essential for clear thinking and vibrant energy to engage in the challenges and passions of life. There are many things that can disturb sleep, from early morning waking to night mares to night terrors. Medications that over ride these challenges often just leave people drowsy in the morning without providing restful sleep. In our May connectors meeting will well be discussing some possible experiments for people who need to get some sleep.
Invited speaker Dr. Kathyrn Cranford will talk about using herbs for anxiety. Dr. Cranford is a naturopathic physician and midwife. Dr. Cranford is a naturopathic physician and midwife. We started naturopathic school together, finding commonality in the healing power of food and compassion. As a naturopathic midwife for more than a decade, she has studied how to effectively sooth women’s anxiety without harming their unborn children. Dr. Cranford is a skilled herbalist and founder of the annual Bastyr Herb Fair. In the Connectors meeting, she will discuss 1-2 herbs that are effective for anxiety and that are safe with medications. More information about Dr. Cranford
Everybody is different. We now know that genetics and environment effect how an individual will respond to their experiences. For example, someone with significant trauma history will respond differently to low blood glucose and lack of sleep and exercise than someone who had a more ideal childhood. There is so much advice on diet, sleep, exercise, screens, alcohol, the list goes on. But how to apply it to the unique people we connect to. Join us to discuss how to set up experiments for self-care around food, sleep, exercise, or screen time. We will cover how to offer an experiment and what are the parameters that people can see a benefit for more energy and mental clarity.
In November guest speaker Dr. Alethea Fleming will discuss “Sex Over 60”. Join us for a frank, informative, and easy discussion of common issues with aging and sexual health. We will cover normal changes in both genders, addressing libido naturally, the rise of sexually transmitted infections in older adults, and how to address common concerns.
In October we will discuss when and how to make referrals. One of the hardest moments as a Connector (therapist, coach, professional, friend) is when you are sitting with your client or friend and think, “You need help, and I don’t have the skills/time/desire to help you.” In this webinar we will discuss when and how to make referrals so that the people you are supporting get the help they need. You can download Dr. Allott's booklet about when and how to make referrals here.
Estrogen: changing the brain and body from menarche to menopause.
In May, guest speaker Dr. Miranda Marti will discuss estrogen. Estrogen heralds changes not just in the physical body but in mood and libido. It also has the power to shift focus for relationships and careers, and change the salience of what the brain finds rewarding and reassuring. For some women, these natural fluctuations of estrogen throughout life are experienced with grace, while other women may find themselves driven wild or to despair. Dr. Marti will discuss why this occurs and how we can support hormonal changes, whether they be monthly cycles or the perimenopausal transition, with ease.
Dr. Miranda Marti is a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist specializing in the connections between women’s health, digestive health (the 2nd brain) and mental health. In addition to her private practice at Whole Life Medicine in Kirkland, WA, she leads wellness groups at a Seattle-based drug and alcohol recovery program and is adjunct faculty for the Bastyr University Health Psychology Department.
In April we will be discussing Cases and Stories. Do you have a story to share or need support in your work as a Connector? Email Dr. Allott 5-10 sentences about your experiences (with all identifying information removed) and she will answer your questions and share what she would do. Cases received by email before the webinar will be addressed first, but feel free to come to this webinar ready to share your experiences through the chat window and we will cover as many cases as possible.
In March we will be discussing How many of your buckets are full? When all of our buckets are full or near full, we have less brain-space for other things. Dr. Allott will introduce a handout that will help put your commitments in perspective and help you to understand why sometimes the smallest of things may be forgotten or push you over an edge.
Join us for a three part online seminar to learn how to understand and address the physical causes of anxiety. This educational online seminar will give you new tools, handouts and information about taming the racing heart, racing thoughts, and racing feelings.
- Part 1: Friday, February 24th
- Part 2: Friday, March 3rd
- Part 3: Friday, March 10th
Time: 1pm to 3pm Pacific Standard Time (1-3pm Pacific Standard Time (PST) is 2-4pm MST, 3-5pm CST or 4-6pm EST)
Cost: $180 for all three seminars.
Missed the first session but interested in the recordings and material? Contact us.
This group consists of a wide range of individuals who are in positions to help other people navigate their lives better: mental health therapists, executive coaches, psychiatric nurse practitioners, supervisors and project managers, lawyers, teachers, and community organizers.
In February we will be discussing what makes anxiety worse.
In January we will be discussing how to prevent colds and flus and how to feel better quicker if you do get sick. It's the season of stuffy noses, aching muscles, coughs and headaches. Common daily interactions, no matter how careful we are, lead to sharing viruses and bacteria. These invaders slow us down and can even wipe us out. We will review a handout with 6 simple steps to feeling better quicker.