My Family, My Friends

One year at my family reunion, my cousin was upset with herself for having forgotten to bring something (a food item, I believe). She began berating herself out loud in a most unforgiving way. “I should have known better. Why didn’t I double check? I’m always forgetting something. Leave it to me. Mom told me not […]


Operation: Love Yourself

As a therapist, one of the most common complaints I hear from clients is about low self-esteem. Being a woman who has struggled with her weight for years because of an unfortunate medical diagnosis, I know personally the struggles that many women experience when looking in the mirror. Although there are men out there who also struggle […]



How many times do you realize you are putting yourself down for what you haven’t done, or when you did something incorrectly? We tend to be very critical and hard on ourselves for falling short on many of life’s challenges. This kind of self-criticism can lead to increased levels of stress and anxiety. The concept […]