Dianne Bachman, LCSW

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Walking the Labyrinth

Posted on May 29, 2019 at 3:50 PM

Today was the perfect summer morning in Staunton, Virginia.  The sun was warm, the breeze felt cooling and the courtyard at Trinity Episcopal Church welcomed us with the promise of solitude in the midst of a busy little city.  I have known about this labyrinth for a while and today I finally had the opportunity to visit--what a treat!

I entered the labyrinth with quesitons about upcoming change in my life.  As I entered I tried to remain open for inspiration, clues, answe...

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Change: You Are Here

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 10:55 AM

I am one who.....

......Stands at the beginning of something much larger than my Self

.....Anticipates, contemplates, sometimes resists entering the thick maze that is change in my life

.....Feels the energies surrounding me, leaving me vulnerable and empowered, all at once

.....Seeks to draw on wisdom and courage in...

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An Important Find Right in My Backyard

Posted on October 25, 2018 at 11:30 PM

Yesterday while I was giving my dogs a run in the back yard, I spotted a small object sticking out of the dirt. As I got a closer look, I recognized it as a barnacle. I have seen many barnacles while visiting the beach, but my house is quite a distance from any large body of water. I picked it up and placed it in the center of my palm. Yes, it was indeed a barna...

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The Second Saturn Return

Posted on July 10, 2018 at 11:20 AM

Time is such a strange construct. As I near my second Saturn return, it feels like I have lived many lives in this one. Though there is the same, common thread that is ‘me’ throughout the decades, I have this sense of having been on a journey through many foreign lands. On this journey I have built a family and seen them through their many phases, from births to deaths and all the bittersweet in betwe...

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Freedom

Posted on May 3, 2018 at 10:40 PM

I found myself with a some free time last Wednesday, so I pulled out a stack of images and begain flipping thorugh them. This is the SoulCollageIR) card that evolved and I have tentatively titled it "Freedom".

Lately, the world has seemed so filled with conflict and uncertainty and confusion! I suppose this card grew out of my need for a gorunding rod of sorts. The themes seem to point to balance with the land and sea...

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When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Though I have created several dozen new SoulCollage cards since my last blog post one year ago, this particular one caught my attention today.  Summer....vacation....journeys.....this card certainly speaks to those.   "Where are you headed?"  I want to ask.  The beach, the mountains, on an airplane, on a train, by car....We are all headed somewhere.  And having plans to look forward to adds that...

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Finding the Inner Healer....Again

Posted on March 14, 2017 at 9:45 AM

I am always in awe of the insights my SoulCollage cards bring forth as I journal with them.  This one is from the Committee Suit and is named "The Inner Healer".  Below is my dialog with this dear friend:

I am one who….

……Has grown somewhat soft over the years, giving way to my complacent self

……Knows what things I need to do to keep my body healthy and str...

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Card of the Day: The Journey

Posted on March 24, 2016 at 8:00 PM

This morning as I was writing in my journal, I decided to work with my SoulCollage(R) deck to gain some insight into the weeks ahead.  Sometimes I will choose a random card for the day and sometimes I will draw one with the intention of seeking guidance.  Today was one of those days that I wanted to pull in a bit of insigh...
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Card of the Day: Trained Extrovert

Posted on March 1, 2016 at 8:55 AM

Today is Tuesday and typically I take Tuesdays and Wednesdays for myself.  It is my rejuvination time, my time away from phones and emails and the demands of a busy psychotherapy practice.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE MY WORK.  But for me, as an introvert, I must be careful about balance in my life.  I absolutely need a measure of solitude to keep myself on an even keel.  As I gro...

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Chronos: Card of the Day

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 8:40 AM

Sometimes I am really blown away by my SoulCollage(R) readings and this morning was one of those times.  All morning I was feeling rather wistful, thumbing through the mental list of all the things I would enjoy doing today, thinking to myself, "there doesn't seem to be enough time...."  So, I sat at my table in the studio, cleared my mind, and asked my deck to give me guidance and inspiration for the day.  This is the...

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