Learn simple coping skills so you feel more prepared to sustain the inevitable uncertainty this pandemic has created.
Are you ready to feel calm, centered and not controlled by the constant fear and inability to manage your emotions?
Do you want to feel like you can see the storm and not feel drenched by it, but to instead have a shelter and a great umbrella to protect yourself?
This program was created exactly to provide you a respite and fill you with body, mind, and spiritual-based simple yet effective coping skills so that you feel more prepared to sustain the inevitable uncertainty this pandemic has created.
If you’re ready to gain your confidence in your ability to manage your triggers and build your resiliency, then I invite you to join me in this journey,
Registration Closes on Sunday, September 13th at 11:55 pm PT
I bet you will agree with me that these past 6 months have been a rollercoaster of emotions, filled with fear, anger, frustration, and a sense of powerlessness.
During this year, we’ve also had a close encounter with the continued systemic and institutionalized racism and oppression, and we are experiencing collective trauma.
Also, we have no idea how much longer the uncertainty the pandemic has created and all the racial social justice will be made.
On top of that, our old trauma wounds have started to bleed and many of us lost our go-to resources to receive support, like relying on our social support system.
Many of us initially approached the whole pandemic uncertainty and the racial injustices as a sprint and went into a mobilized trauma response (fight/flight).
However, we are slowly realizing that we are feeling drained and what it felt like a “short race” has become an ultramarathon.
And, if we continue running at the same pace, we are going to collapse (go into a numbing/freeze response); if you haven’t collapsed yet.
I created this program to provide you:
A resting and nurturing oasis in the middle of your race.
A place where you get to pause, rest, and get equipped with simple yet effective body, mind, and spiritual-based coping skills that can better prepare you for the ultramarathon that is ahead.
Here are the three elements of the program:
1. Grounding and attending to your body needs and regulation. This will allow you to experience calmness and feel centered, and will provide you a much needed pause from the chaos.
2. Learn and practice mindfulness and thought-based coping skills that will strengthen and support your regulation, provide you a sense of peace and clarity to problem-solve and make better and informed decisions.
3. Explore non-denominational spiritual concepts like trust in a Higher Power, surrendering, and tapping into your own spiritual practice that will help you feel supported and taken care of.
The program is divided in the following workshops:
- You'll increase your awareness of your senses
- You'll learn body-based coping skills, like using your 5 senses, grounding, and movement.
- You'll learn thought and mindfulness based coping skills, including: creating affirmations, analyzing your thoughts, and mindfulness exercises.
- You'll learn "spiritual"-based coping skills like: gratitude, connecting to a Higher Power, surrender and trust, and using other spiritual practices that are aligned with your beliefs and traditions to foster a sense of calmness and regulation.
- Welcoming Call: Monday, September 28th at 6:30-7:30 pm Pacific
- Workshop Body-Based : Saturday, October 3rd 11 am - 1 pm Pacific
- Workshop Mind-based: Saturday, October 17th 11 am - 1 pm Pacific
- Workshop Spirit-based: Saturday, October 31st 11 am - 1 pm Pacific
- Closing Ceremony: Saturday, November 7th 12 -1 pm Pacific
This is for you if:
- You are ready to learn and practice skills that can help you get centered and regulated
- You are aware of your trauma history and have done some healing work, but continue to experience difficulties managing your triggers
- You identify yourself as a BIPOC
- You are aware and recognize how BIPOC have experienced and continue to experience systemic racism and oppression, and if you're not BIPOC, you consider yourself an ALLY
- Despite the current pandemic, you consider yourself mostly stable
This is not for you if:
- You are barely starting your healing journey and you have not done any type of work around your trauma
- You are currently struggling with substance abuse/dependence, psychosis and other psychiatric conditions that are impacting your daily life functioning (i.e. eating, sleeping, working, communicating with others)
- You prefer phrases like All Lives Matter, and you think that everyone has equal opportunities in life.
Sliding Scales Available
I am aware of the current financial struggles many are experiencing due to our current pandemic. Therefore I am offering the following sliding scales, and I am trusting that you are choosing it wisely and based on your current financial situation.
I am Dr. Lydiana Garcia, a Boricua psychologist in Los Angeles, CA. I have over 12 years of experience and training in the trauma field. However, it was not until I had my son, 5 years ago, that I had an up and close encounter with my own trauma, and it was then when I shifted my perspective of my knowledge about it and sought more somatic and culturally-informed approaches. I remember receiving many comments from supervisors and peers like: "wow, you are so perseverant", "you have accomplished so much in so little time". But what they didn't know is that I was in the survivor flight mode, and the motor to my doing was fear. Part of this fear was/is related to intergenerational trauma (ancestors that were enslaved, systemic racism and oppression, colonialism, and many more). Slowing down and resting was very scary for me due to the feeling that something bad could happen if I stopped. Currently, I am in a much better place, but I am still learning so much about the importance of resting, regulating, and taking care of me. And I am passionate about helping others recognize when they are living in a survival mode and finding ways to become regulated, centered, and tapping into their inner power.