Body Comments

When is it OK to comment on people’s bodies? The short answer is never. We all know as a child those years are the formative years of our lives where the relationships and patterns of behavior can set the stage for our success or the things that we will attempt to overcome in our adult […]


New Year’s Resolutions

It’s unclear when exactly New Year’s resolutions became a tradition for many. The first record of one came in a 1671 entry from the diaries of Anne Halkett, a writer and member of the Scottish gentry, contains a number of pledges, typically taken from biblical verses such as “I will not offend any more”. Halkett […]


New Year Resolutions versus Goals: Why Resolutions Don’t Work

New Year resolutions are ingrained in our culture. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t heard of them and/or participated in them themselves. Typically, we come up with our resolutions around the time of the New Year celebrations and there are some fairly common ones. Typical resolutions include weight loss, changes in […]


Laughter Is the Best Medicine–The Personal Side

Many years ago, I went through a dark season. I actually did not know how dark it was until I was on the other side of it. Nevertheless, I remember as that season was coming to a close, laughing really hard and it feeling weird. I have had other people since share a similar experience—mostly […]


Guide to Managing Our Mental Health Through the Holidays

Are you one of those people who loves the holiday season, get togethers with family and friends, buying gifts, seeing the lights, spending time with those you love? Or are you one of those people who dreads the holidays, the spending time with loved ones, having to meet deadlines at work due to the shortened […]


The Anxiety of Travel

The Holiday season is here. Most of us already recognize that this is a time where anxiety and stress seem to cling to the air and we can just absorb it. There are a lot of positive things about the holidays, but whether you love this time of year or dread it, you are going […]


Speak Life—The Personal Side

Pessimist, optimist, realist. These are labels people use to describe themselves. I think, for me, at some point I have been each of these. I also think that realist is sometimes just a slightly lighter word than pessimist.


Speak Life—The Practical Side

I cannot tell you how many times I have had clients sit in my office and recount negative and hurtful things their parents, partners or friends have said to them. Sometimes the hurtful words were uttered decades ago and the client will still remember every word verbatim.