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Trailtalk is unique in offering the opportunity for “Walk and Talks” with a professionally trained psychotherapist.

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What is Trailtalk?

Trailtalk’s model of care, Therapylite ™ , destigmatizes access to mental heath care services.

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Vacation + Therapy Retreat = Theracations®

A Theraction is your opportunity to restore, reboot, relax, and recreate in beautiful Park City, Utah.

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Blog Talk

I’ll Feel for You if you Think for Me

It seems like a ‘no brainer’ doesn’t it? And, that it is. Some of us work hard avoiding our full range of emotions. While others of us are guided by our emotions, and often depend on someone else to think for us. Both ways of walking in this world cause us problems. Can you see why? The person who lives in his/her head and for years just won’t feel emotions like fear, anger, sadness, eventually gets anxious, not knowing what’s going on. Like a tea pot boiling inside, a person who avoids emotions  just allows a tiny whistle of tension to seep out of his/her spout. The Emotional Molly or Max type of person is guided by his emotions. Drama ensues like the chicken screaming, “the sky is falling, the sky is falling.” In this case, a loved one or friend will jump in and rescue the “Emoter” type, because it’s easy to think for someone else who gives you that power. Today’s blog is to create awareness about how you function. Are you the Detached Dan/Dolly type who avoids strong emotions, even allowing a loved one to act emotions out for you? Or, are you the Emotional Molly/Max type who’s emotions overwhelm you, and you turn to someone else hoping they will think for you? There’s more to come in the next few posts about the HOW TOs  regarding Thinking and Feeling at the same time. Stay tuned. Enjoy this day. It’s the only day that matters.  Happy Trails, Allison Save...

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Anxiety: I’m a Little Tea Pot Short and Stout!

As many of us know, anxiety feels like being chased by a tiger. Our bodies are machines, and don’t know the difference between a real threat versus a perceived threat. There may be no tiger chasing us, but our FIGHT, FLIGHT, or FREEZE response takes action the very same way. Anxiety, fear, panic, and stress are degrees of the same feeling. Excitement is on that continuum as well. I’ve been skiing and felt excited, but at same time the ‘butterflies in my stomach’ feeling turns to fear, and then back again to excitement. Do you know what I mean? Our feelings (emotions) inform us. They also add depth, richness, and meaning to our lives. When we deny those emotions, anxiety ensues, much like this Tea Pot drawing (courtesy of Janie Hartmann).  Strong emotions boil and rumble just below the surface. Lucky there’s an escape route, or spout to let out low levels of emotions. Yet, as the heat rises (as life happens) those feelings boil over into uncomfortable levels of anxiety. When we keep the lid on trying hard to slowly release controlled amounts of steam, it’s like being at Grandma’s house and hearing the whistling Tea Pot in the Kitchen. The sound interrupts conversation and someone rushes to the kitchen to turn off the stove. The screaming whistle can only go on so long before it drives us crazy! Holding in our emotions causes the same reaction. The kettle’s lid eventually blows off and those strong emotions get loose! Yikes! Overtime our anxiety becomes palpable and spills over into our relationships. It effects our functioning and eventually wrecks...

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Detached Don/Dolly revealed!

Being a Detached Don/Dolly is not about being good or bad, it’s about describing a particular relationship pattern many of us learned from our early years.  That type of relationship pattern, for some of us, isn’t working anymore. It probably worked  well during our childhood years. As we mature, leave our family of origin and join with a partner, those same relationship patterns don’t serve us any longer.  We marry or partner with another person who comes to the relationship with their own family of origin baggage, and the 2 “sets of luggage” don’t match. Friction ensues, and conflict arises. Detached Don/Dolly start feeling more and more anxious, and over time their way of relating causes more distress within their closest circles.  “Why is this happening? I’m the same guy. I haven’t changed at bit.”  And, there’s the crux of it.  When you do the same thing, you get the same results.  In the case of a Detached Partner, the relationship dynamic isn’t sustainable. Of course, it’ll last as long as the discontent partner wants it to. Often, the cognitive dissonance that develops makes it impossible to keep stepping the same steps. Now don’t get me wrong, if you like your relationship dance as is, and are content with your quality of life, then stop reading and happy trails to you and yours! For those who resonate with this metaphor and want to change up the dance, here are some TIPS from the TRAIL to get you started: Awareness is the first step. Having that light bulb moment when you actually ‘get it’ and clearly see your part in...

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Client Talk

After trying several therapists for my teen, we finally found Trailtalk. My daughter was comfortable talking to the therapist as she walked her dog along the trails. Having her canine best friend along made therapy more relaxing. Allison has patience with teens like my daughter who wants someone to really listen and validate, not just give advice....

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Trailtalk is the best… Allison’s diverse knowledge provided me with unique skills to improve my life more than I imagined possible. It really feels amazing to expose the magnificence inside without limits and live life again....

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Trailtalk was an amazing way for me to be able to speak my mind freely and express my feelings and thoughts without feeling self conscious.. Being outdoors and talking about my issues was healing in both my mind and body… I highly recommend this form of therapy…...

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