“Sometimes I think we feign surrender in order to avoid the hard stuff that’s really there.” ~ Dr. L. Marinn Pierce


In this episode of the Mindful Owl podcast, Dr. L. Marinn Pierce and I discuss counseling and relationships between wellness, spirituality, and personal dispositions of practicing professional counselors.

Some topics discussed are:

  • What is Counseling?
  • Integral Breath Therapy (IBT) – Integration Concepts
  • Wellness, Spirituality, and Personal Dispositions of Professional Counselors
  • Counselor Impairment
  • Empathy vs Compassion
  • Client-Centered vs Present-Centered
  • Religion and Spiritualty
  • Yoga, Meditation, and Present Moment Awareness
  • Trauma Bonds and Relationships
  • Disembodiment
  • Bypass

and much more…

Dr. L. Marinn Pierce is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Counselor Education at California State University, Fresno.  She received her B.M. in Music Education from Brenau University, M.S. in Community counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Ed.S. in Community Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee.  Dr. Pierce’s clinical experience includes work with a variety of populations across multiple settings. While her primary area of emphasis is children and youth and their families, she has worked with adolescents in residential treatment, individuals with diverse counseling needs in community outpatient settings, children and adolescents in intensive outpatient and partial-hospitalization, and child and adolescent victims of sexual trauma.  Her research interests include counselor professional identity development, wellness, and the integration of spirituality into the counseling process. – American Counseling Association (ACA)

Hope you enjoy!

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You can reach Dr. Pierce @MarinnPierce on Twitter or

Further resources shared by Dr. Pierce:

Books That Have Moved Me
The Seeker’s Guide – Elizabeth Lesser
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Defy Gravity –Caroline Myss
Riding the Dragon – Robert Wicks
The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron
Your Body Speaks Its Mind – Stanley Keleman
Becoming Wise – Krista Tippett
Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramahansa Yogananda
The Intention Experiment – Lynne McTaggart
Dark Night of the Soul – St. John of the Cross
Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
The Empathy Exams – Leslie Jamison
Broken Open – Elizabeth Lesser
Be Here Now – Ram Dass
Real Happiness – Sharon Salzberg
Waking – Matthew Sanford
Anam Cara – John O-Donohue
The Healing Power of Breath – Richard P. Brown
Bodymind  – Ken Dychtwald
A Lamp in the Darkness – Jack Kornfield
True Refuge – Tara Brach
When Things Fall Apart – Pema Chodron
Meditations in an Emergency – Frank O’Hara
The Places That Scare You – Pema Chodron
Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
The Diaries and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Crossing the Dessert –  Robert Wicks
A Wrinkle in Time Quintet – Madeleine L’Engle
The Promise of Paradox – Parker Palmer
The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J.R.R. Tolkien
Meditations on the Mat – Rolf Gates
Lovingkindness – Sharon Salzberg
Becoming Wise – Krista Tippett
Waking – Matthew Sanford

Love Hurts – Lodro Rinzler

Poetry by any of the following – John O’Donohue, Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Rainer Maria Rilke

Reading List for Crisis and Trauma Class

Fogel, A. (2013). Body sense: The science and practice of embodied self-awareness. New York: Norton.

Herman, J. L. (2015). Trauma and recovery: The aftermath of violence – from domestic abuse to political terror. New York: Basic.

Levine, P. A. (2010). In an unspoken voice: How the body releases trauma and restores goodness. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic.

Porges, S. W. (2011). The polyvagal theory: Neurophysiological foundations of emotions, attachment, communication, and self-regulation. New York: Norton.

Rothschikd, B. (2000). The body remembers: The psychophysiology of trauma and trauma treatment. New York: Norton.

Sapolsky, R. M. (2004). Why zebras don’t get ulcers.  New York: Holt.

Siegel, D. J., & Solomon, M. (2003). Healing trauma: Attachment, mind, body, and brain. New York: Norton.

van der Kolk, B. (2014). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. New York: Viking.

Blaustein, M., & Kinniburgh, K. (2012). Treating traumatic stress in children and adolescents: How to foster resilience through attachment, self-regulation, and competency.  New York: Guilford.

Hughs, D. (2006).  Building the bonds of attachment.  New York: Jason Arson.

Lieberman, A., & van Horn, P. (2011).  Psychotherapy with infants and young children: Repairing the effects of stress and trauma on early attachment.  New York: Guilford.

Perry, B. D., & Szalavitz, M. (2006). The boy who was raised as a dog and other stories from a child psychiatrist’s notebook: What traumatized children can teach us about loss, love, and healing.  New York: Basic.

Schore, A. N. (2003).  Affect regulation and the repair of self.  New York: Norton.

Siegel, D. J. (2012).  The developing mind: How relationships and the brain interact to shape who we are.  New York: Guilford.

Siegel, D. J. (2015). Brainstorm: The power and purpose of the teenage brain. New York: Tarcher.

Terr, L. C. (2008).  Too scared to cry: Psychic trauma in childhood.  New York: Basic.

Wolynn, M. (2016).  It didn’t start with you: How inherited family trauma shapes who we are and how to end the cycle. New York: Viking.

Emerson, D. (2015).  Trauma-sensitive yoga in therapy: Bringing the body into treatment.  New York: Norton.

Fisher, S.  (2014).  Neurofeedback in the treatment of developmental trauma: Calming the fear-driven brain.  New York: Norton.

Grof, S., & Grof, C. (2010).  Holotropic breathwork: A new approach to self-exploration and therapy.  Albany, NY: State University of New York.

Levine, P. A. (1997). Waking the tiger: Healing trauma. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic.

Levine, P. A. (2008). Healing trauma: A pioneering program for restoring the wisdom of your body. Boulder, CO: Sounds True.

Moonshine, C.  (2008).  Dialectical behavior therapy: Volume 1: The clinician’s guidebook.  Eau Claire, WI: PESI.

Ogden, P., & Minton, K. (2008).  Trauma and the body: A sensorimotor approach to psychotherapy.   New York: Norton.

Reich, W. (1945).  Character analysis.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Sajnani, N., & Johnson, D. R. (2014).  Trauma-informed drama therapy: Transforming clinics, classrooms, and communities.  Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

Schwartz, R. C.  (1997).  Internal family systems therapy.  New York: Guilford. 

Siegel, D. J. (2010).  Mindsight: The new science of personal transformation. New York: Bantam.

Shapiro, F., & Forrest, M. S. (2004).  EMDR: The breakthrough “eye movement” therapy for overcoming anxiety, stress, and trauma.  New York: Basic.

Wolinsky, S. (1991).  Trances people live: Healing approaches in quantum psychology.  Wilton Manors, FL: Bramble.

Zinn, J. K., & Hanh, T. N. (2009).  Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness.  New York: Random House.

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Daniel E. Valenzuela

I’m a family man who really enjoys serving communities through working with kids and their families, helping to make a positive difference. I’m also very passionate about music. My friends and colleagues that know me are aware that I have many roles. I’m a father of three beautiful girls, a husband, school counselor, musician, educator, brother, son…the list goes on. I think more importantly that if all of my roles were taken away, I would consider myself to be a loving human being. I love to learn, and will always consider myself to be a lifelong learner. Most of this blog will be about life, counseling, the human experience, and general topics I take interest in. Some topics that will probably make their way into this blog are spirituality, mindfulness, relationships, music, education, counseling, self-care, wellness, gaming, and books to name a few. I’m also hoping to post some interviews in podcast form. I am currently a school counselor and adjunct faculty in California. I received a Master of Science in Counseling – School Counseling and PPS at California State University, Fresno, and a Bachelor of Music – Music Education from California State University, Stanislaus.

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