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FullBloom Services

Providing Support and Resources for Life Transformation

FullBloom offers psychotherapy,I offer three gateways into the practice of loving kindness for adults: couples therapy, holistic psychotherapy and Hatha yoga.

A paradox we face: in order to thrive, despite having been wounded in relationships, we are called to continue to bring forth a greater capacity to love and share our true selves in relationships. To summon the courage and skills to live a more interdependent and authentic life, sometimes support is needed. We'll explore the obstacles that inspire you to reach out for support, your vision of what is possible, and an orientation to the inner and outer resources you might access to move from the dance you're in, to the dance you want to be in. A holistic approach means we explore how unmet needs and unmetabolized experiences are expressed in mind, body, behavior and relationship. In session, we balance cognitive and somatic awareness with right action, building skills that move beyond just surviving and ignite thriving.

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Couples Therapy

Developing the skills to attune and respond to you and your partner's feelings, needs and requests, without abandoning your true self, is available to all who wish to learn and grow together. The obstacles in the way of a secure relationship reveal the path to what you both seek: greater expression of love. Past injuries to the health of your relationship can be resolved while regaining clarity in moving forward together (or apart) with compassion and renewed commitment.

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Hatha Yoga

Share your yogic path with a loving community, building skills on the mat that support skillful living off the mat. My classes are currently offered at Washtenaw Community College from January through July. I cultivate sangha (community) in equal measure to teaching the 8 limbed path of Hatha yoga. My classes are moderately paced with an invitation to practice gentle or vigorous variations of classic postures, with attention to breath regulation, meditation, ethics and philosophy.

FullBloom offers unique programs have been well received and praised by participants.

YogAlive - gentle movement that reaches deep into supporting muscle and bone, fostering a sense of grounded presence and internal calm. Group classes are one hour in length. Individual movements may be used in a psychotheapy session to help balance anxiety and tension.

PranaWalk - mindfulness-based walking that unites the rythmn, cycles and process of nature with one's personal ecology of well-being.

In development: Art therapy and TIMBO (trauma informed mind body) focused groups 

Psychotherapy - Hope

"Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths." ~ Etty Hillesum


Applied Mindfulness - Courage

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the small voice at the end of the day that says, I will try again tomorrow. " ~Mary Ann Radmacher.

Mindfulness is often understood as a practice of sitting in quiet contemplation. At FullBloom mindfulness is reframed in ways that support being sincere and kind with difficult feelings, thoughts or tasks, such as having a difficult conversation, keeping an appointment or honoring when you need time to care for yourself. Applied mindfulness reframes things you are already doing to rewire thinking and behavior patterns, solidifying a balance between thought and feeling. Willing 

Art Therapy - Joy

Joy is an inherent part of our basic nature. We all have it, but many of us have lost touch with it over the years. We formed identities in response to what was happening around us and forgot the truth of who we were.

How can we get back in touch with our joyful selves? Mindfulness helps us live in the present moment where we can find our joy. The secret to recovery is realizing that we have already survived everything that has ever happened to us. Our negative beliefs and feelings about ourselves come from the past. The healing we are seeking can only be found now in the present moment.

As we set out on our healing journey the most important skill to train in is mindfulness. Mindfulness means learning to stay with ourselves in the present moment, and not losing sight of where our attention is placed. It means bringing ourselves back to the present moment repeatedly through the day. We bring ourselves back, notice when we’ve drifted away, and bring ourselves back again. It is the opposite of distraction and dissociation. Mindfulness is our greatest support and will come in handy every step of the way as we traverse the healing journey.

The Buddhist term for strengthening our mindfulness is “taming the mind.” When we say, “taming our minds,” it means that we are training and building up our mindful muscles to directly work with our mental confusion and difficult emotions. Training here does not mean meditation boot camp. It means developing an openness and care towards our mind, reminding ourselves that our situation is workable. Even if we need “to fake it until we make it,” it is important to trust ourselves, take a seat of authority inside ourselves, and learn to listen to our inner guide.

As long as we can imagine the possibility of change and we have the willingness to try, our spiritual practice is off to a good start. We can heal and find our innate joy and happiness. When I first started sitting practice I could barely sit still for one second. My meditation teacher always said, “Not a problem! Appreciate the richness in all that activity.” It does not help to think about what other people are experiencing when they sit on their cushions or wonder if we’re supposed to be having some different kind of experience. That kind of thinking always brings us down. We can appreciate our own unique, naked, and beautiful mind.

As we work on developing our daily practice, it’s important to understand what it means to be disciplined.  Discipline on the spiritual journey is not about following a set of rules. It is about getting in touch with our desire and determination to feel better. We learn to listen to our own inner knowing rather than trusting some outer figure. It is about taking responsibility for ourselves, standing on our own two feet, noticing when we make mistakes, and learning how to self correct. Many of us learned some version of self discipline from our parents. This may have been overly rigid or lacking altogether. Mindful discipline is not fear based. It comes from self love and our own internal wish to be happy. We work on correcting our patterns of behavior that we know are not good for us, replacing old habits with new ones. We are doing it because we want to and we know it will make us happy. This is a self strength that comes from our own trust in ourselves. We are moving toward our vision of wholeness and peace.

I can’t say enough about mindful discipline as I have worked with enough people to feel certain that change does not come about from talking about how much we want to be different. It comes from loving ourselves so much that we get very interested in going about life in a different way. This includes how we are working on our recovery. We can continue to treat ourselves poorly or begin taking care of ourselves, talking to ourselves in a kind voice, soothing those scared inner children. It’s not about following a list of rules, but rather working with our own mind. It has to come from our own heart.

Mindfulness is the key to unlocking our innate joyfulness. It is about learning to be present with ourselves in our life. The actual practice takes place moment by moment throughout the day and influences everything we do. When we experience life through mindfulness of the present moment, we naturally experience more joy. I have been practicing meditation for over fifteen years now. Even though the sitting practice is still a challenge, I noticed right away how joy started popping up all over the place! Learning to stay present with the flow of life is the key to getting back in touch with our innate and precious joyful nature.

PranaWalk(r) - Nourish

PranaWalk (r) is mindful practice  that combines specific breath patterns with fitness walking in nature settings. Each walk is designed for a specific purpose, such as reducing anxiety, grounding, contentment and building vitality. Walks are also specific to the setting. We might explore a heart's desire in a Japanese garden, dive into layers of feeling in a sunken garden, or foster respite in a rose garden.

PranaWalk is held weekly from April through September at Janesville and Madison locations. 

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Here at FullBloom we are busy making plans and arrangement to bring quality groups and events to serve your needs. Click on the link below for our current schedule and to be notified of future groups and events.  

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What our clients are saying

"I have learned so much and my life is so different now.  Sheri has been so kind and right there with me in whatever I was going through.  She really listened and got what I needed in the moment." 

Client - A.B.