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Are you having trouble coping with urges? Check out a SMART Recovery meeting. They are free, anonymous, and open to the community (you can bring a friend or family member). There are currently meetings on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Madison. Check out for more information.

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Are you interested in integrating meditation into your recovery from addictive behaviors?  Consider attending this regular meeting offered through the Shambhala Center of Madison. 

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Erasing the Distance 

In fall 2014 Therapy Space, LLC will be hosting Erasing the Distance, a Chicago based non-profit organization that uses theatre to shed light on issues of mental health. ETD accomplishes its mission by gathering true stories, transcribing them verbatim and then shaping them into monologues performed by some of Chicago’s best professional actors.

The first ever Madison show will be presented free of cost at the downtown Madison Central Library, third floor art gallery on October 25th. It will feature 5 monologues, all bringing to life mental health experiences of women. Topics covered include such things as depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse, and sexual assault. The show itself will be followed by a facilitated discussion by ETD and Therapy Space clinicians.

Erasing the Distance: Women’s Mental Health Show
Saturday October 25th 7:30-10:30
Madison Central Library, 3rd Floor Art Gallery
To reserve a FREE ticket please go to:

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What kind of dreams do you have? Do you write them down or think about them in your waking states? Some people dream very little, or recall none at all. Maybe you like to daydream.  Anyway, here's some background on where the word dream comes from and how the word is defined in other languages.  

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I recently put together a brief reading list for a colleague and want to share it here since I think these are all great resources and are worth checking out.  

Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

The Small Book - Jack Trimpey, LCSW (Delacorte Press)

Sex, Drugs, Gambling, & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions 
A Thomas Horvath, Ph.D. (Impact Publishers, Inc. - 1998)

SMART Recovery Handbook - 3rd Edition English

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction - Gabor Mate

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Happy National Recovery Month! In combination with events and actions all around the country, Madison will recognize Recovery Month by putting on 'Rocking Recovery' at the Capitol on September 13th. Be sure to check it out!

Rocking Recovery Rally WI
09/13/2014 11:00AM - 2:00PM 
This is going to be a fun event that will bring people together, raise awareness, and celebrate recovery! Please invite everyone you know so we can increase awareness, decrease stigma, and have more people in support of rocking recovery! Both the UW alumni band and a live DJ will be there pumping up the crowd! There will also be recovery speakers, face-painting, giveaways, and much more! Other notable people that will be making an appearance at the rally include: New York Times best-selling author Tom Farley, Wisconsin State Representative John Nygren (author of Good Samaritan Legislation) and his daughter, Cassie Leigh Nygren, and retired Madison Chief of Police, Nobel Wray. This event is hosted by Wisconsin Voices For Recovery so be sure to like their FB page to learn more information about recovery resources and how you can get involved in the recovery community.
This event is open to the public

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I am currently seeing individuals, couples, and families who are in the process of addressing addictive, obsessive, or compulsive behaviors, or who are in the process of change or growth and are looking for increased wellness and mental health. Please visit my new website at to learn more about my approach to therapy. I offer free consultations and referrals, as well as a sliding scale fee for clients who have limited incomes.
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