Present Health and Wellness

Present Health and Wellness

Sevilla Rhoads M.A., J.D. Background Sevilla has practiced law for over fifteen years which provides her with perspective on stressors and challenges for professionals. She is licensed in Washington as an Associate Mental Health Counselor. She has been an active member of her community volunteering time for many causes including access to justice and lawyer wellness projects. Education B.A. in Philosophy from Mount Holyoke College. M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology. J.D. from U.C. Berkeley''s Boalt Hall Law School. Philosophy and Approach Sevilla''s approach to wellness and stress management is derived primarily from research on clinical applications of mindfulness-based cognitive and behavioral therapy. She aims to provide clients with practical skills to both manage life''s challenges and be present for life''s joys. Sevilla''s training includes Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy taught by Zindel Segal (c0-author of the Mindful Way Through Depression). Ruthanne Rhoads, M.A. Background
Ruthanne has worked as a fitness trainer since 2005. This work inspired her to study psychology in order to provide clients with a holistic approach to their total wellness. She has provided individual and group therapy in a clinical setting for two years.

Ruthanne is on maternity leave until February 2011.

Education B.A. in Geology from Macalester College. M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology. Philosophy and Approach Ruthanne works from the belief that our physiology and psychological are one entity shaped by our habits of being. These habits, often learned in our earliest relationships, may be transformed though therapy to improve well-being.

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

Victor Frankl
Strategies For Wellness
  • Training the mind to pause and observe instead of acting automatically out of unconscious habit.
  • Skills for self-awareness combined with self-compassion to interrupt the cycles of self-criticism, worrying and sadness.
  • Learning to direct attention and focus to stabilize the mind.
  • Cultivating an attitude of friendship towards yourself.
  • Seeing sensations, emotions and thoughts as part of a human experience rather than constraints, disorders or weaknesses.
  • Separating your identity from states of mind.
  • Staying present with whatever arises and making choices rather than involuntary reactions.