Awareness Houston

Jennifer Christian hosts a conversation with healing professionals about present moment awareness and healing.

Awareness Houston, Episode 8: Rich Lewis joins Jennifer in a conversation about how to begin a Centering Prayer Practice. Rich discusses baby steps that ease us gradually into a practice of sitting in silence with God. Rich also talks about how his personal practice impacted his work and family life.

Rich Lewis is an author, speaker and coach who focuses on centering prayer as a means of inner transformation. He teaches centering prayer in both his local and virtual community and offers one-on-one coaching. Rich’s newest book is titled, Sitting with God: A Journey To Your True Self Through Centering Prayer.

Rich has been a daily practitioner of centering prayer since June 1, 2014. Centering prayer has been so life-giving and life-changing that he feels compelled to share his journey with others who wish to learn more. Rich resides with his family in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Learn more about him at www.SilenceTeaches.com.

 

Awareness Houston, Episode 7: Sandy Wilder, founder of Educare Unlearning Institute, joins Jennifer in a conversation about the Enneagram. How can the Enneagram be used as a tool for transformation and growth? Where is a good starting place when using the Enneagram?

After a 35 year career consulting, training and coaching educators and business leaders to be more effective personally, interpersonally, on teams, and in the cultures they create, in 2009 Sandy left the corporate world. He formed the Educare Unlearning Institute which uses tools like the Enneagram to help people unlearn that which blocks their potential so they can live freely and authentically from their deepest truth.

He offers programs, retreats, vision quests, fireside chats, individual coaching, daily unlearning insights and a dynamic supportive community for you if you would like to:

  • Uncover, express and develop your innate, natural strengths
  • Question stressful thoughts and beliefs, and experience transformation through unlearning
  • Learn to listen in a way that naturally enriches relationships and encourages authenticity

Awareness Houston, Episode 6: Jim Zartman joins Jennifer in a conversation about how the Enneagram is a guide on our journey from "survival to integration." Jim shares insights about his personal path of transformation and the gift of conscious awareness, grace and courage. 

Jim Zartman is a certified Enneagram coach and the co-founder of The Art of Growth which is a team of coaches and consultants who work with individuals and organizations to help them achieve the transformation they want in themselves, their work, and their relationships.

Awareness Houston, Episode 5: Keith Kristich joins Jennifer in a conversation exploring growth and healing from the combined perspectives of Centering Prayer and the Enneagram. Keith shares his personal journey of how these two practices came together and deepened his trust in the mystery and constant presence of God. Deep inner work in Centering Prayer and the Enneagram can open us to a place of stillness in the midst of the tumultuous experiences of 2020.

Keith Kristich is a certified meditation, Centering Prayer, and Enneagram teacher. Keith uses these practices to help people slow down and reconnect with God and their true self. Keith works with people in small groups, retreats, and one-on-one settings through spiritual direction and Enneagram coaching. 

Awareness Houston, Episode 4: Deborah Ooten joins Jennifer in a conversation about present moment awareness and the Enneagram. Deborah and Jennifer discuss the movement of the Enneagram symbol, the hexad, as a map for moving consciously through problems and opportunities in life. Deborah also discusses the three energetic stances within the Enneagram, how this understanding helps us become more self-aware, and offers a tool to understand our relational dynamics.

Deborah A. Ooten, PhD, is the founder/director of the Conscious Living Center. She has her doctorate in clinical psychology, is an occupational therapist and is a trained craniosacral therapist and a Certified Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition. Deborah is certified by Don Beck, PH.D in Spiral Dynamics®. She is the founder and CEO of Conscious Dynamics, Bold Companies Created One Person At A Time.

 

Awareness Houston, Episode 3: Join Jennifer and Deb Dana as they discuss the path of befriending the nervous system. When we lean in to our body's cues with curiosity, our resilience grows.

Deb Dana is a clinician, consultant and author specializing in complex trauma. Her work is focused on using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma in our lives. 

Polyvagal Theory is a theory of the autonomic nervous system and offers a framework to understand why we think and act in the ways they do.  The goal of the autonomic nervous system is to protect us by sensing safety and risk, listening moment by moment to what is happening in our bodies, in our environments and in the connections we have with others.  Deb’s work shows how an understanding of Polyvagal Theory applies to relationships, mental health, and trauma and how we can use an understanding of the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory to change the ways we navigate our daily lives.

Deb has published two books on Polyvagal Theory - The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy and Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection, and has a busy career training therapist around the world in becoming Polyvagal informed.  She is a consultant to the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute, a consultant to Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte.   

Deb can be contacted via her website:  www.rhythmofregulation.com

Awareness Houston, Episode 2: Deborah Ooten joins Jennifer in a conversation about present moment awareness and the Enneagram. Deborah and Jennifer discuss how the Enneagram is a map for understanding our blind spots, the habitual auto-pilot ways we all get stuck. Deb also discusses the how Enneagram symbols of the circle and the triangle (The Law of One and The Law of Three) are the key to opening to conscious awareness.

Deborah A. Ooten, PhD, is the founder/director of the Conscious Living Center. She has her doctorate in clinical psychology, is an occupational therapist and is a trained craniosacral therapist and a Certified Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition. Deborah is certified by Don Beck, PH.D in Spiral Dynamics®. She is the founder and CEO of Conscious Dynamics, Bold Companies Created One Person At A Time.

Awareness Houston, Episode 1: Craig Penner joins Jennifer in a conversation about present moment awareness and the "Window of Tolerance." How do we know when we are present? What cues help us to know when we are not present? Why is present moment awareness necessary for growth and healing?

Craig Penner, LMFT, is a psychotherapist and trainer, in private practice in Santa Barbara since 1982. He brings a process-oriented approach to therapy, with a strong somatic (body/nervous system) focus, and integrates EMDRand other uses of “bilateral stimulation,” to help the therapy be as efficient and effective as possible.

He has always believed that we have a natural drive to completion and resolution. This has inspired his commitment to develop “Natural Processing,” which is an integration of ways to utilize our own awareness to facilitate that drive. He has been training therapists in this approach across the US and Canada since 2014, and has led consultations and other trainings for over 25 years.

Self-Care Houston, Episode 24: Jennifer Hughes joins Jennifer Christian in a conversation about the impact of vicarious trauma on healthcare professionals in the medical and mental health fields. Jennifer discusses the impact of trauma on the mind and body. She shares how to identify the effects of vicarious trauma as well as helpful tools to address burnout and compassion fatigue.

Jennifer Hughes is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston. Her research and clinical work focus on the assessment and treatment of trauma in children and adults. She provides outpatient evidence-based assessment and psychotherapy to treat PTSD and other co-morbid conditions at the UTHealth Trauma and Resilience Center. She also works with the UTHealth Department of Acute Care Surgery, Division of Trauma Surgery, to provide screening and intervention to patients treated at Memorial Hermann TMC following traumatic injury. In addition to her focus on trauma, Dr. Hughes has a particular interest in supporting the wellness of the healthcare team. She has helped developed hospital-wide wellness programs and regularly trains healthcare providers in identifying and addressing burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma.

Self-Care Houston, Episode 23: Sherianna Boyle joins Jennifer in a conversation about the first step of beginning an emotional detox for anxiety, toning the vagus nerve. Sherianna and Jennifer explore how the vagus nerve impacts the mind/body connection and accessible tools to "tone" the vagus nerve.

Sherianna Boyle is the author of seven books the most recent being Emotional Detox: 7 Steps to Releasing Toxicity & Energizing Joy as well as The Four Gifts of Anxiety. Her work has been featured in Psychology Today, First Women, Yoga Journal, Spirituality & Health, Mind Body Green and more.She is an adjunct Psychology Professor, seasoned yoga instructor, founder of the C.L.E.A.N.S.E Method® and Emotional Detox therapy. Her books and resources can be found at www.sheriannaboyle.com

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