psychology

The Calm Feeling of a Balanced Life, with Evy Smith

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In this interview I have the pleasure of speaking to Evy Smith.  Evy and I connected online 10 years ago when she reached out to me in response to a blog I was writing.  We have built a relationship since that time and got to meet in person officially in 2014 when she premiered Love Bomb in Burlington, Vermont.  I feel that my relationship with her is exemplary of the positive power of the internet to connect me to wonderful inspiring people online and then in person.

Evy and I at the Premier of Love Bomb in Burlington, Vermont in October of 2014

Evy and I at the Premier of Love Bomb in Burlington, Vermont in October of 2014

Evy has a Masters in Health Education and a Masters in Clinical Psychology.  She is a certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and Certified Life Coach.  She is a lifelong member of the Concept Therapy Institute.  Evy has served as a massage therapist and Thai Yoga Bodyworker which she practiced for 10 years.  Evy has been counseling people from all "walks of life" for over 30 years.  She offers an artful blend of alternative and conventional understanding in her counseling practice.  Currently she is an Employee and Family Assistance Counselor at the University of Vermont Medical Center and has a small practice in South Burlington, Vermont.

In this conversation we explore the feeling of life balance as peace, fulfillment, and an inner harmony that leads to a harmony with life itself.  She gives tips for finding this.

She shares about the power of nature and quiet times of reflection, as well as the importance of play and fun in the adult life.  Essentially, making sure every day includes elements of self care as well as doing something that brings joy.

 

Addiction, Healing, and Service

Dr. Rhea Zimmerman with long time friend Melissa Sivvy while on tour with Love Bomb in New England during the fall of 2014.

Dr. Rhea Zimmerman with long time friend Melissa Sivvy while on tour with Love Bomb in New England during the fall of 2014.

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This interview features the story of a long time friend Melissa Sivvy whose recovery from paralysis of the legs after Guillain Barre Syndrome and then healing from alcohol and drug addiction has deeply inspired me.  To literally watch someone find their legs again is a thing of grace.

She is now finishing her master's degree in psychology at Goddard College and is registered as a non-licensed psychotherapist in the state of Vermont. Her work lately has been focused on Refuge Recovery (a Buddhism-based program for addictions of all kinds), which has lead her to an interest in providing proper care for incarcerated people who suffer from addiction and other mental health afflictions. Melissa intends to pursue a PhD in Forensic Psychology where she will gain the training and knowledge needed to advocate for policy changes within the United State's corrections system. 

Resources for help with addiction and finding connection to others mentioned in the podcast are:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Refuge Recovery

and another not mentioned is

Attitudinal Healing