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Calculated Risk: A Pathway to Joy

The office has been quieter this past month now that the students from the PSU Graduate School of Social Work have left and the summer is upon us.  More folks are taking breaks from therapy for the summer and fewer people are coming into the office in person.  We have...

Managing Your Nervous System in the Summer 

For some people, summer is a time of relief from their dreary-weather-induced Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D. 1), but summer isn’t a sanctuary for everyone. What about folks who are sensitive to heat due to medication side effects? How about introverts who...

A Wish for Us

As therapists, we have the privilege of walking with people through pivotal moments in their lives. We hold space for questioning, space for curiosity, and space for saying things out loud that many have never been able to speak. We teach the power of duality – of holding seemingly opposing truths simultaneously and how to live within them.

Silence = Death

I moved to Berkeley, CA in 1986. A year after moving there I was trained in pre- and post-test counseling for people with HIV and AIDS. In 1989 I became a part of ACT-UP and we fought and yelled in the streets in San Francisco for access to medical care and equal rights for men who were dying in this country, in our streets…our friends, lovers, brothers.

Summer Recharge for New Clinicians

Every time the weather clears up I see a spike in cancellations. Makes sense, and I honestly love that my clients are feeling grounded enough to skip sessions and enjoy the weather. Seasoned clinicians warned me about the summer lull. It got me wondering, what do we DO in the summer with all this downtime? Here are a few ways that I plan to use this extra time. 

Diagnosing Climate Grief

Pathologizing the feeling of increasing dread over our dying planet doesn’t feel particularly helpful, but no one has yet asked me to diagnose or treat the billionaire corporations who are killing our planet. Instead, I get to sit with my clients in our shared frustration, grief, overwhelm, and persistent negative beliefs about the state of the world.  

Seeking Empowerment in Climate Grief

It is crucial to remain engaged in the fight for environmental justice AND it is an act of protest to stay hopeful during these trying times. While we keep hope alive, we could all use a serving of climate relief alongside our climate grief. What can we do to fight back and get some relief?

Supporting People in the Sex Trades

Historically, social work interventions for people in the sex trades have functioned under the criminalization of sex work which regards sex workers as "victims and deviants... incapable of taking care of themselves and therefore in need of...

Helping Young People Understand Anxiety

Pulse Wellness Cooperative is excited to offer a new group beginning in April dedicated to helping young people in grades 3-5 understand anxiety.

Grieving for Nex

"May the name Nex Benedict be for a blessing." The world is often a scary and sad place in which to exist, especially as a queer kid. The news of violence against queer teens, growing anti-LGBTQIA2s+ rhetoric, and an increase in anti-trans legislation throughout the...
Supporting People in the Sex Trades

Supporting People in the Sex Trades

Historically, social work interventions for people in the sex trades have functioned under the criminalization of sex work which regards sex workers as "victims and deviants... incapable of taking care of themselves and therefore in need of...

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Grieving for Nex

Grieving for Nex

"May the name Nex Benedict be for a blessing." The world is often a scary and sad place in which to exist, especially as a queer kid. The news of violence against queer teens, growing anti-LGBTQIA2s+ rhetoric, and an increase in anti-trans legislation throughout the...

read more
Endings and Beginnings

Endings and Beginnings

Insights for MSW's becoming CSWA's As we move through the final Oregon fake-outs of Spring sun mixed with Winter weather warnings, I’m thinking about all the grad students looking at their final term of classes before embarking into the new frontier of becoming...

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Having Difficult Conversations in Relationships

Having Difficult Conversations in Relationships

Hey everyone! Let’s sit down for a heart-to-heart today. We're chatting about something we all find a bit tough but super important - having those tricky conversations with our significant other. You know those conversations in a relationship that you’d rather avoid?...

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Meet Matthew!

Meet Matthew!

Matthew Lucas is a founding member of the Pulse Cooperative. In addition to his role as a clinician, Matthew serves as a board member and Chief Financial Officer. Check out more about what inspires Matthew!

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