About Courage to Bloom
Courage to Bloom is a site dedicated to the tools for creating awareness and empowerment for the inner world. It is a repository of psycho-educational tools and products, and a place where practiced ideas for healing, growth, and wholeness are examined and discussed. Courage to Bloom embraces the notion that living a meaningful and courageous life is possible when right intentions and effective strategies are paired with a willingness to experiment.
The Courage to Bloom website will give you ideas, tools and products to help you blossom into your fullest potential. The strategies offered here will be most valuable in the context of a healthy psychotherapeutic or coaching relationship. You may use the tools on your own as self- help, however, you will probably gain more if you get support and ideas for how to best implement these tools in your day to day life. An objective therapist or coach will help you with integrating these tools into your unique life experience and will sharpen each tool so you get the most effective use from each idea or tool presented.
The information and products presented at Courage to Bloom are designed or gathered through my experience as a psychologist with 25 years in clinical practice. Each tool has two important qualities, practicality and engagement. Practical tools are effective in bringing about insight, change, or transformation. Tools that are engaging allow the user to feel enticed and playfully invested in acquiring new awareness and knowledge. You may be an individual, wanting to learn about the strategies to help you become your very best. You will find many ideas of creative ways to explore yourself and help you on a journey from healing to wholeness.
You may be a psychotherapist or professional coach, looking for tools to enhance your practice and help bring about change in your clients. This site will give you many powerful and engaging ideas for your transformational work.
Whatever stage or position you are in, in your process toward wholeness, Courage to Bloom will offer support, ideas, and strategies to help you unfurl into your full beauty and potential.
About Dr. Martindale
Dr. Elsbeth Martindale is a Licensed Psychologist, licensed in Oregon since 1991, and licensed in California as a Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor in 1986. She is active and directive in her approach to psychotherapy, suggesting readings and homework to augment therapy. She believes that each client is an expert in the concerns of their lives. By combining the client’s current knowledge with the tools of a skillful therapist, the challenges and difficulties of life can be approached with new and more effective strategies. Dr. Martindale has great trust in the individual’s ability to creatively transform “problems” into opportunities for understanding and growth. Dr. Martindale values the creative impulse, believing that it is the reflection of our truest nature.
Feel free to contact the office if you wish to speak with Dr. Martindale. She is open to questions about her philosophy, training, and personal values.
You may also view Dr. Martindale’s resumé if you wish to see a more formal accounting of her professional interests and accomplishments.