Furr Family Cartoon Strip Series

    Need some family therapy?  Parenting skills? Then enjoy my new Furr Family cartoon strip series! — Heidi Hansen (c2017) “Hold Out” “Kibble Box” Use this utterly safe and profoundly secure Papal button to subscribe to a weekly email “Furr Family” delivery for $9.99 per month.  Use this Papal button to retain Heidi Hansen’s…

“Is There Such A Thing As Normal?” — Yes!

Oh my, how many times I have heard people say, “There’s no such thing as normal,”  or, “What’s normal anyway?” To me, as a life-long mental health therapist, this is the voice of someone without self-love, self-compassion..  Someone floundering in an ocean of misjudged experiences from within and false advertising from the outside world. Normal is…

Taking Care of Your Inside Community: A Therapy Workbook for Living With Dissociative Identity Disorder

by Heidi D. Hansen, M.A. copyright2017 ____________________________________________ This is a welcoming, warm, reassuring walkthrough along a path of skills and insights for persons who have dissociative identities. Firstly, understand that dissociative identity is a 3 – dimensional experience to process, not a linear illness to “cure” or “fix.”  Dissociation is a way your inner life…

Nativica Spring WoodsWalk through Native Plant Art

Welcome to Nativica’s Spring Woodswalk through the native plant (NorthWest) collection by Heidi D. Hansen (c2000-2017)!  Please feel free to order prints of the botanicals you love, and purchase using the Paypal button here (see the end of this blog for details). Walking in spring means Rhodies and Azaleas — but know that only a…

Is Meditation Right for You?

Wondering if meditation and contemplative practice can be of value in your health journey?  In your business organization? For your clientele? Contemplative practice can help a person recover from both physical and mental maladies, including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, focused thinking, coping, self-esteem, and fatigue.  My name is Heidi Hansen and as a retired mental…

The Science of Grit in Mental Health Recovery

Angela Duckworth, Macarthur Award – winner for her research on Grit, was recently challenged by the article, “Much Ado About Grit: A Meta-Analytic Synthesis of The Grit Literature,”  by Marcus Crede and his research team, for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Here’s the link: https://www.academia.edu/25397556/Much_Ado_about_Grit_A_Meta-Analytic_Synthesis_of_the_Grit_Literature When I first heard Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk on…

Toxic Families and How To Survive Them

Toxic families are those that put you through the blender, so to speak, and then smile and carry on sunny and bright like nothing ever happened.  It’s the abuser who, while staring at the bloodied nose acts like, “Well if I’m happy, everybody should be happy.” Only it’s not a bloody nose.  Toxic family members cause wreckage…

The Quality of Life Quotient

Feb 22,2017 The Quality of Life Quotient (copyright2017) by Heidi D. Hansen, M.A. __________________________ The Back Story I got the idea for this model of mental health some years ago during a time I went through a period of depression and neuralgic pain. My inner lightbulb had gone out, and all’s I could do was lay…