14Jul

We Must Talk About Suicide

The suicides of 2 celebrities the first week of June was shocking to many people. Suicide is always shocking, but with celebrities-these people that have everything-it seems impossible. We sit in disbelief for the first week or so, then go about our business with a nagging thought in the back of our minds. That thought […]

07Jul

Counting Sheep—The Personal Side

Are you a parent? Ever had the flu? Ever been jet-lagged? Ever drank too much caffeine too late in the day? I am sure at some time in your life you have had trouble falling or staying asleep. If you haven’t, just wait longer. Trouble sleeping affects everyone at some point in their lives—even if […]

01Jul

Counting Sheep—The Practical Side

There are literally dozens of sleep disorders listed in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. In addition, there are dozens more disorders in that same manual that impact sleep—such as anxiety, depression and grief—just to name a few. The list of sleep disorders Americans now face is huge, but these disorders often involve one […]

22Jun

Father’s Day without a father

Father’s Day can be a day to celebrate the man who helped raise you, or it can be a source of dread, grief, sadness and anger. People have many different reasons for dreading Father’s Day. Perhaps your dad passed away, or you have an estranged or non-existent relationship with him. You dislike Father’s Day because […]

14Jun

The Physical Side of Self-Care

Taking care of ourselves is an important part of mental and physical wellness. “Self care” is a huge buzz word that people like to throw around with little explanation or with only limited examples. Visions of soothing bubble baths, listening to music or ensuring “alone time” are what usually come to mind when the topic […]

07Jun

Pain, Pain, Go Away—The Personal Side

Many years ago, I lost a dear friend to Lupus. She had been sick since childhood when she first found out she had the autoimmune disorder. In later years she developed lung cancer and ended up losing one of her lungs during her battle. Her doctors contributed her cancer to Lupus and lifelong complications related […]

01Jun

Pain, Pain, Go Away—The Practical Side

At least 100 million Americans suffer from “chronic pain” according to WebMd (www.webmd.com). There is a vast difference from what I call “regular pain” or “acute pain” and “chronic pain.” Acute pain is your body’s normal response to illness or injury and only lasts a short amount of time. Acute pain goes away with treatment—in […]

22May

Understanding Your Transgender Child

When your child comes out to you as transgender it’s only natural to have endless questions about what to do as a parent. You will want to understand what your child is going through, first and foremost. The most frequent question parents of transgender children ask me is “what does this mean for my child?”

14May

How to Get the Most out of Counseling

Reaching out for help is difficult. Add on to that a depressive episode, anxiety or struggling through life changes and it can make going to therapy seem impossible. Many of my clients are nervous during their first visit and have no idea what to expect. Although everyone’s experiences are going to vary, I think there […]

07May

Like Fine Wine—the Personal Side

I was at a dinner party and one of the women there was jokingly telling her husband that now that he is 40 years old he is only 10 years from 50 and 20 years from 60. We all laughed and continued nibbling on our appetizers and sipping our drinks, but her comment did get […]