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Winter 2011  
In This Issue:

GUDRUN ZOMERLAND uses the fairytale Rapunzel to describe the particular struggle of a daughter, growing up with a closet narcissist mother; a mother who both emotionally abandons and imprisons her daughter at the same time.

SHOSHONA PASCOE writes of the Via Negativa, a phrase that describes how when we say no thank you in life to certain opportunities that don't feel quite right, other choices arise that may encourage a more complete and soulful life experience.

SHONNIE BROWN, in Part 2 of "Uncovering Trauma Through Therapeutic Writing", continues a discussion of the treatment of trauma through writing. She also offers tips for modulating the emotional response when revisiting trauma with older adult clients in particular.

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We are individual private therapists who practice psychotherapy in the same location: 405 Chinn Street in Santa Rosa. We are not part of a business partnership, group or association, but are sole practitioners. As individual therapists each of us offers years of experience in different areas of therapeutic focus. The array of services offered range from brief solution focused counseling to in-depth psychotherapy. While each one of us cooperates with different existing insurance and managed care companies, we each follow a "fee for service" orientation that allows clients the freedom to choose the therapist with whom they feel most comfortable.

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Rapunzel, Daughter of a Closet Narcissist
Gudrun Zomerland, MFT

"For some time I had been searching for a description of a type of narcissism not usually talked about. When we hear the word narcissism most of us think of the exhibitionistic kind. We think of "Mommy Dearest", the type of narcissist who is so obviously self-absorbed and flamboyant that she molds her daughter into an idealized extension of herself. If there are multiple children, she will reject the other ones, but with the first one (usually) she will stay fused or try to stay fused for the rest of her life. But there are other types of narcissism, not so obvious."
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The Via Negativa: Living Authentically into the Yes
Shoshona Pascoe, MFT

I first came upon the phrase Via Negativa when the poet David Whyte spoke of it. Via Negativa: what we must say no to in life to find the next step that serves our deeper unfolding. The Negative Way, how refreshing! Not negative in the usual way, rather a courageous path of saying no thank you until the yes is clear. Clearly this is no simple matter at times as we honor the commitments of our practical life but sense the promptings of inner longings and seeking.
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Uncovering Trauma Through Therapeutic Writing: Part II
Shonnie Brown, MFT

"In Part I of this article I explored the healing effects of therapeutic writing in working with traumatized World War II veterans. My experiences have been validated by the research of James Pennebaker and many others. Since I wrote that original article I have been using LifeStory Therapy™ more extensively in writing groups and with individual psychotherapy clients of all ages. I am most grateful for the opportunity to combine my two passions--writing and paying witness to people's deep inner processes."
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Chinn Street Groups:

Separation/Divorce/Transition Group for Women: ongoing weekly support group for women in any stage of separation from a long term relationship. Facilitated by Shonnie Brown, M.A., MFT, 707-526-4353.

Co-Parent Empowerment Group: six week class focusing on shared parenting issues: managing and diffusing anger, de-escalation of conflict and effective communication skills. Facilitated by Shonnie Brown, M.A., MFT, 707-526-4353.

Ongoing Men's Support Group: open to men interested in working on recurrent relationship issues including anger, addiction, communication and parenting. Meets Tuesdays from 6-7:30 PM. Facilitated by Kevin Cooper, MFT; 707-566-7742.

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Chinn Street Counseling Center  •  405 Chinn Street  •  Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Barbara Bowen, L.C.S.W.
707-575-5300 / 925-934-8661

Shonnie Brown, M.A., M.F.T.

Kevin Cooper, M.F.T.

Shoshona Pascoe, M.F.T.

Milton Woolley, M.F.T.

Gudrun Zomerland, M.F.T.
707-575-8468 / 415-446-5532

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