I remember hearing a story, many years ago, from a concerned mother about her very angry son. She recounted many outbursts, but one in particular has stuck with me because it showed how different people perceive anger. During an initial session, this elderly woman explained that she had been living with her son, his wife, […]
Hello from the other side. I must have called a thousand times… -Adele & Greg Kurstin I read somewhere that Adele sees this song as being as much about connecting with herself as anyone else. This is such a powerful song for me, because it reminds me of the relationship between therapist and client. When you make the […]
“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” Brene Brown In their article “The journey of a lifetime: Group work with young women who have experienced sexual assault,” narrative therapists Lisa McPhie and Chris Chaffey explain the process they used to give witness to the stories of […]
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 […]
One of the most challenging experiences for a parent is learning how to help a child in emotional distress. A parent can feel overwhelmed and inadequate, when faced with the acute emotional distress of their child; especially when they try to respond by attempting to calm the child down or with problem solving…and it doesn’t work. Panic can […]
We therapists (or at least some in my circle) talk about how the “universe” sends you certain types of clients at certain times in your life. For whatever reason, over the years, the “universe” has sent me many, many people with PTSD.
Has something bad happened to you and you feel like you keep reliving the event? I do not mean you had a bad date and keep replaying what happened in your mind. I am talking about having nightmares and flashbacks of a negative life event or living in a state of anxiety because you feel […]
Published in the Southwest Orlando Bulletin 5/2013 Everyone has a bad day once in a while. But what happens when a bad day turns into several weeks or months? How can a person tell if he has a case of the blues, or something more, like depression?