I recently had a conversation with a close friend about places we have both traveled and the interesting observations we each took away from our travels. Eighteen years ago my friend had the wonderful privilege of vacationing in France. She found French culture romantic, relaxing and at times even dreamy. Parisians drank red wine in glass carafes with […]
“Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.” –W. Clement Stone Fear. Anxiety. Panic. PTSD. Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Do you ever feel afraid? Do you ever feel uneasy and not know why? Does your mind race and create stories that cause further panic? Have you experienced a traumatic event that you find yourself frequently replaying in your mind?
Not a day has gone by lately where I haven’t heard at least one person say something like “I need to get back into shape” or “I really need to start eating better.” Generally this stems from a feeling of lowered self-esteem, and the desire to improve their lives in a more complete way. My […]
“The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect each other.”- Jane Blaustone As a therapist I have observed and worked with many families who have been through separations and divorce. This process is never easy for the adults or the children involved, and can disrupt what was once a “normal” family […]
Do you know anyone who would say they are not stressed? I can honestly say I do not know any one person who does not have stress in at least one life area. Stress can be good when it helps us finish a project, master a new skill or rescue someone in danger. But prolonged […]
A child exhibiting aggressive behavior can be experienced by others as being a bad kid. However, this is not the case. Anger is used by children as a way for them to shield themselves from deeper emotional distress. Aggressive behavior can be an outward symptom of depression, guilt, fear, disappointment, jealousy, frustration, anxiety, sadness, or hurt, among other emotions.
Chances are, if you’re not in therapy, someone you know is. A recent survey, commissioned by Psychology Today, found that 27% of Americans (approximately 59 million people) made use of psychological services within the two years prior to the survey. Of those who did seek counseling, an overwhelming majority of respondents (80%) reported that it was […]
Relationships where one can experience the freedom to explore and discover oneself through hope, love and acceptance provide security and space to grow. However, relationships where abuse is present can confuse the very core of one’s understanding and expectations of what makes a relationship healthy, and of who one is as well.
I have said in past blogs that I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions. What I mean by that is that I am always trying to better myself, though I often fall short. My quest to grow personally does not just happen in the month of January each year. My journey of personal growth […]
Thanksgiving has just passed, and now I am counting the days until Christmas. I love Christmas, because I love giving (and getting) gifts. I love lit trees, delicious treats, and family traditions that have been celebrated and passed down for thirty plus years. And, yet, as I am getting older, I have come to love Thanksgiving […]