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Kimberly Key
Austin, Texas
Counseling Psychotherapist and Health Practitioner
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Trauma has become a popularly used word. So much so that many have questioned if it has been overused. David Brooks recently opined the same sentiment in The New York Times entitled, “Hey, America, Grow Up!” To alleviate confusion, this article provides an explanation of the three main types of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2023 at Kimberly Key
Those close to me know that many surgeons recommended spinal fusion after my granite injury (when two slabs of granite fell on me at a granite yard). I have resisted the fusion. Many know I have a strong faith and meditation practice and actually experienced a "white light miracle" that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2023 at Kimberly Key
If you are a supplement junkie like me, then you will be as startled as I was by the latest research that revealed liver damage from ashwagandha. Lubarska et al. published findings in March of this year in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health about risks of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2023 at Kimberly Key
As we grieve fallen soldiers on this Memorial Day, I would like to dedicate this post to people everywhere who have a family history that was touched by war. Some may not realize the roots of Memorial Day stem from the tradition of decorating graves from the Civil War (Decoration... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2023 at Kimberly Key
Photo by Sydney Sims on Unsplash Memory is freedom. Consider the recent movie, I Care a Lot, where a woman creates a successful legal guardian company that cons courts into believing senior citizens are senile and unfit to care for themselves so that she can swindle their life savings. Or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2023 at Kimberly Key
Photo by tabitha turner on Unsplash Before men were from Mars, Dr. Herb Goldberg, wrote The Hazards of Being a Male and What Men Really Want. Goldberg, who passed in 2019, became a friend and once insisted I write a counterpart to his book and share what women really want.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2022 at Kimberly Key
I was speaking with a friend the other day about aging and we both agreed that we didn't appreciate our youth when we were younger or how much skinnier we actually were than we realized. I laughed and said it was just like the "Sunscreen Song" (my recollection of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2022 at Kimberly Key
Healing from broken trust can be challenging; and witnessing repeated reports of trust violations in the media can cement a mindset that is resistant to healing. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2022 at Kimberly Key
Grief often brings people to therapy (Photo by Nik Shuliahin) Most people come to therapy after a relationship (family or career) has erupted. They begin to question themselves and wonder why they are hurting and how they can feel better. Therapists then begin asking about their past and inevitably associations... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2022 at Kimberly Key
There are some lifestyle habits and ways of viewing life and coping with stress that can exacerbate conditions that make cancer cells thrive or remain inactive. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2022 at Kimberly Key
As we head into the final hours of 2020, I would like to thank everyone I know along with all clients and readers. Thank you for sharing in this fascinating and sometimes painful sacred journey of life. It is an honor and deep privilege to be connected, especially in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Kimberly Key
My parents used to fight. Then they would make up. I remember waking up in the middle of the night to their screams and shouts and crying myself back to sleep. The next morning it was as if nothing happened. I once saw a hole in the wall and learned... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2020 at Kimberly Key
As we enter this Halloween and All Saints Day/Day of the Dead weekend, we will be greeted with a rare full moon—the Blue Hunter’s Halloween Moon—coupled with the end of Daylight Savings time. What a lot to occur in one weekend, especially in the context of an ongoing global pandemic... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2020 at Kimberly Key
Purpose is multidimensional throughout our lives. Sometimes our purpose involves being there to care for a loved one as they pass. Other times, it is about showing up to cheer children (yours and others) in their sports and school performances. Still other times, it might be looking up and smiling... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at Kimberly Key
Patience is powerful. Not just patience to steadily work at the tasks that lead to fruition to your goals; it is also essential to have patience with the present moment. You may not like your current circumstances, or you may discover that tending to the moment—as it is—brings forth feelings... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2020 at Kimberly Key
Courage needs fuel. No one can accomplish anything in complete isolation. The fuel can come from an internal and ethereal Source that feeds conviction and reassures the person of their path. Or it can come from the support of loved ones and mentors around you. Ideally, you have a little... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2020 at Kimberly Key
What is the burning desire within you? Was there something that you’ve always wanted to do ever since you were young? Does it nag at you? Haunt you? Is it difficult to tame? Do you run from it because it seems unrealistic? Some desires are born out of insecurity and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2020 at Kimberly Key
Timing is everything. Pay attention to the need to move through stagnation. Stagnation can look like depression, sorrow, fear, and anxiety. When faced with these debilitating feelings, just do one small thing to accomplish your goal. Small things lead to big things and it is action that creates the momentum... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at Kimberly Key
Everything we do has a purpose. Whether it’s something as simple as brushing one’s teeth for dental hygiene to fulfilling a higher mission like saving lives, teaching others, helping the environment and/or achieving a dream. Some purposes appear somewhat benign while others have the power to enhance one’s sense of... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2020 at Kimberly Key
Something special and unique exists in each and every living being. No two people have identical fingerprints. Similarly, the mark they leave in the world is just as personal—and can resonate with others in an almost mystical way. Try walking through a museum and notice what art you are most... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2020 at Kimberly Key
Getting out of ourselves and reaching out to help someone else in need can have paradoxical magical cures to our own pains. Moreover, the foundation of one’s purpose is often filled with the resilience and grit from surviving struggles and pain. One of the cornerstones of resilience and grit is... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2020 at Kimberly Key
Purpose frequently gets blocked by fear and ego-centered pride. People can stumble when they fear making a mistake or getting negatively judged and rejected. Sometimes people allow their ego-centered pride to become so inflated that they narcissistically seek endless attention, adulation, respect, and admiration from others. These relational energies can... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2020 at Kimberly Key
A room of darkness can be transformed by lighting one candle. Living your purpose is much like a lit candle in a dark room. When you shine your light, it imbues light onto the surroundings and others around you. Shining your light also models it for others. It can inspire... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2020 at Kimberly Key
So far, there has been a lot of focus on finding and listening to one’s internal voice while embracing healthy self-care as necessary ingredients for cultivating purpose. As always there is an art in finding balance along a continuum, so let’s look at the benefits of caring for others as... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2020 at Kimberly Key
While it is healthy and positive to find gratitude in the moment, heeding the Soul’s call of deeper discontent may also be a lifesaving wake-up call to spur you into action. As an example, one study examined the effects of prescription drugs on the survival responses in a group of... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at Kimberly Key