Conquering the Thanksgiving Dinner Table Talk

We are very quickly entering the season of holiday parties and family get-togethers. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the thought of having to socialize with family and friends can be an overwhelming experience for many people. Maybe you haven’t seen or spoken to your relatives since last Thanksgiving or maybe there’s an air of […]


Cultivating Gratitude

Thanksgiving is all about gratitude but sometimes it can be hard to find things we are grateful for when we are fogged with grief, loss, depression, trauma, or family dysfunction. As the holidays are approaching, what comes to your mind when you think about thanksgiving? Do you have a traditional large family dinner with a […]


What to do When Therapy Hasn’t Worked

Occasionally I will start seeing a new client who comes in as a skeptic. They will usually explain that they tried therapy “years ago” and it didn’t help, but figured they should try again. The details vary-sometimes they saw their counselor a few times and stopped going, sometimes they went for years and just got […]


Radical Gratitude—The Personal Side

The first time I practiced my friend’s gratitude challenge of identifying 1,000 things I am thankful for in one year it was not too difficult. I mean, it was hard not to repeat anything on my written list of 1,000 things, but I was not in a particularly challenging life season at that time. I […]


Radical Gratitude—The Practical Side

I have to admit that Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A table overflowing with homemade food, family and friends gathered together and of course everything pumpkin. I also love Thanksgiving because the focus is on giving thanks and sharing with others—not getting things or spending money. I love Christmas as much as the […]