Blog

My blog comprises some relationship and mental health info with random lifestyle, local and miscellaneous tidbits. Whatever I find interesting, really. Any mental health info is general in nature and should not be confused with specific advice tailored to your particular situation. Enjoy!

John Presents at Attachment Conference 2016

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

John Presents at Attachment Conference 2016

John presented at the annual Attachment, Trauma and Intimacy Conference in Boulder, CO at the invitation of renowned trauma and attachment educator Dr. Diane Poole-Heller. John’s topic, “Bringing Interpersonal Neuroscience into Couples Therapy” highlighted ways psychotherapists can implement new science into their practices with couple clients. John also covered important components of advanced couples therapy that are often overlooked in therapist training. He was invited to present on the topic as 1 of 6 psychotherapy...

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Supercharge your Meditation!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Supercharge your Meditation!

John describes 9 tips to deepen your spiritual/contemplative practice. He discusses common meditation mistakes you can avoid in order to make your practice more effective. These mistakes include spiritual bypassing, shortcuts, gimmicks, too many props and more. Spiritual bypassing is when we use spirituality as a way to avoid painful feelings we ultimately need to deal with in order to grow. Read this article to learn more about these common mistakes and please share the article with your friends!...

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Spirituality & Psychotherapy

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Spirituality & Psychotherapy

John writes about integrating spirituality into psychotherapy and deepening spiritual practice and experience through group process for the Austin Group Psychotherapy Society. Read his article on their website here: Spirituality in Group Process, AGPS Newsletter, April 2014

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Inner Confidence Makes You Shine!

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Inner Confidence Makes You Shine!

Catch John Howard at the Beauty360 Expo this weekend benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5 at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, TX. Listen to his talk Inner Confidence Makes You Shine! Sunday at 12pm, or at the Internal Wellness panel at 2pm. http://experiencebeauty360.com/

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Your Extraordinary Family Life

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Your Extraordinary Family Life

Hi! Join me, Dan Siegel, Shefali Tsabari + others for 15 conversations on how to BE more and DO less as a person, parent and partner! Topics include relationship, parenting, neuroscience, slow living and personal growth. Hosted by Carrie Contey through en*theos Academy, this conference will expose you to inspiring new ideas for how to strike the right balance in family life and feed your soul in the process. Click here to watch or order the series:...

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Anxiety

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Anxiety is a common ailment. Estimates are that at any one time approximately 20% of the population is struggling with anxiety. Anxiety comes in many forms, from social anxiety at dinner parties or Board meetings, to chronic anxiety that underlies everyday living. There can be anxiety around intimacy, relationship, or emotional intensity. Anxiety can be situational or chronic. Chronic anxiety is sometimes linked to a nervous system primed for threat; one might have a generalized sense of unease or feel a lack of safety being in the world....

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Swimming Holes!

Posted by on Jul 15, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

This is my review of some of the best swimming areas in and around Austin. If you have others to share, I love finding great new swimming spots. Shoot me an email! Swimming holes in the woods off the Greenbelt: You’ll need to check water levels first to see if these places are worth hiking in to. Then, depending on the trail you start on, you could have a decent hike to get to them. Bring a snack, or find good biking trails to get to them quicker 1) Sculpture Falls 2) Twin Falls 3) Campbell’s Hole: Water quality is not great here...

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Depression

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Many people get confused about depression, partly due to societal stigma, ignorance, and outdated research/conventional wisdom. Depression is now considered more of a physiological illness than a psychological one. It it no different than any other physical disease you might get and need to treat. There are many types of depression, so if you think you may have some symptoms, don’t try to self-diagnose (even if you have access to the DSM), but rather see a professional. Depressive symptoms can sometimes be the result of other problems....

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Greenbelt Entrances!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Austinites are protective of their Greenbelt info, for good reason! The Greenbelt is one of Austin’s gems, and some of the best spots are off the beaten path. Many of the trailheads are in residential neighborhoods with limited curbside parking. As an Austin transplant myself, I found it interesting to explore the various trailheads and I’m sharing my list of them here with some reviews. Once on the trails, you’ll find hikers very helpful in terms of pointing the right direction or filling you in on water conditions. The...

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