Brain and Body System: One Functioning Unit

Seeing your mind and body as two separate systems can inhibit self-awareness and insight into mental health especially. Our brain body system is more often a symbiotic system than two separate circuits. “The mind and emotions are viewed as influencing the body, as the body, in turn influences the mind and emotions… As one functioning […]


Grief. It’s Complicated – The Personal Side

“I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process,” C.S. Lewis. Grief is a process and a delicate one at that. Every person grieves differently.  And I tell my clients there is no “right way” to grieve. You just have […]


Grief. It’s Complicated – The Practical Side

Grief is the cost of love. If you love, you will grieve. In fact, the only way to ensure that you will not grieve is to never fully give your heart to another person or cause. We grieve life seasons, geographical locations, relationships, pets and of course, people.


Doom Scrolling

In our current political and social climate it can be very daunting to be online as much as we are. Constantly bombarded with information about peoples lives from all over the world. As our age of the internet continues to grow exponentially so does our locus of concern. So much information is so readily accessible […]


Bipolar Disorder – The Personal Side

I have had the privilege and honor of serving many people with Bipolar Disorder over the years. Those I have served are some of the most creative, brave, passionate and genuine people I have ever met.  People with Bipolar are just like everyone in else in that they experience the ups and downs of life. […]


Bipolar Disorder – The Practical Side

“I have two moods. One is Roy, rollicking Roy, the wild ride of a mood.  And Pam, sediment Pam, who stands on the shore and sobs…Sometimes the tide is in, sometimes it’s out,” (Carrie Fisher, AKA Princess Leia).  Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia in Star Wars, lived with Bipolar Disorder as do between […]


Borderline Personality Disorder: What is it?

Borderline Personality disorder is sometimes referred to as complex PTSD. People often refer to borderline personality disorder in shorthand as BPD. BPD impacts self-concept or image, how one feels about themselves and others in their life, patterns of unstable relationships and may find it difficult to manage emotions and behavior. It usually begins in early […]


Do As I Do (Parenting)-The Personal Side

A study by the American Journal of Psychiatry followed children of depressed parents over a 20 year period and found children were three times more at risk for mental health and substance abuse disorders than children whose parents were not depressed (integrisok.com). Please do not be overly concerned reading this if you have depression. Having […]


Do As I Do (Parenting)-The Practical Side

Talk is cheap. What we say to our children about how they should behave, interact with others and manage stress is much less important than how we address these issues while our children are watching. And trust me, they are always watching. Our actions are far more powerful than our words. How we greet a […]


Time Moves Quickly: Mindfulness & Presence

Someone told me this past week why it feels like time goes faster as you get older. When you are in your first year of life there is only 365 days between you and when you came into the world. With every year that passes, it becomes more days behind you than you’ve ever had before. At […]