Posts by Linda Shanti McCabe

Motherhood as a Rite of Passage

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh Look I remember when I was a brand new first-time mom, like four days brand new, and went to a new mom group. I was in…

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Why I love expressive art in therapy (& life)

Creativity is the original anti-depressant.  -Andrew Brink, Creativity as repair: Bipolarity and Its Closure It is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.  -D. W. Winnicott Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.  –Pablo Picasso  1. Art (re)connects with the authentic self.  The…

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Preschool as Therapy: 5 great ideas for adult wellness

1. All feelings are allowed. At my child’s preschool, they have a saying: You have to get the bad feelings out to let the good feelings in. In therapy, we know there are no “bad” feelings. However, feelings such as anger, sadness and hurt don’t feel good, and they need expression. To express your true…

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RecoverED vs. RecoverING

“I don’t see recovery from an eating disorder limited to food, exercise, and weight. I see these aspects of recovery as doorways into an ongoing journey of life-long growth.” – Dr. Linda Shanti RecoverED vs. RecoverING by Dr. Linda Shanti             Recently, I had a respectfully spirited discussion with a colleague of mine. Together, we…

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Postpartum Depression: Naming the Pink Elephant (Rat) in the Room

“One in four first time mothers had depressive symptoms caused by postpartum depression or postpartum stress syndrome. PPD strikes women without any history of depression, without complications in pregnancy, mothers who are in difficult marriages, mothers who are in satisfying marriages, or single.” Common sense disclaimer: this blog is not intended to diagnose or treat…

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Mommy Brain: Neurological Data To Combat Confusion

Mommy Brain Anyone? I distinctly remember 1 moment postpartum when my husband and I were in a bookstore, with baby in the carrier, browsing. I saw the book The Female Brain and picked it up, thumbing directly to the section on “Mommy brain,” and, more specifically, “Breast feeding and the Fuzzy brain.” I was still…

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