How To Help Kids Feel Safe At School

The task of being a school aged child is difficult.  Each academic year brings increasing challenges, expectations to stretch and learn and grow, social dynamics, and all of the developmental tasks that are included in child and adolescent development.  Increasingly, feeling safe at school has been added to the stressors that kids face.  In addition Read More…

The Replication Crisis, and What It Means

Have you heard about the crisis?  It sounds dire, right?  The crisis is the replication crisis, meaning that previously accepted psychological studies are unable to be replicated.  What does this mean for the results and conclusions previously accepted as true?  What does this mean for the field of psychology?  Do we know anything about humans, Read More…

Therapists Need Self-Care Too

Anyone in a caring capacity – parent, caregiver, partner, teacher, therapist, etc. – can benefit from self-care.  Self-care is simply attending to your own needs, and making sure that they are met.  Yet it is a term fraught with guilt – we live in a scarcity society, and an automatic thought that occurs when self-care Read More…

All About Resolutions

Resolutions go hand-in-hand with New Years Day.  As the year turns to a fresh start, this motivates many people to make resolutions, promises or intentions that they mark with 1/1 as the start date.  Yet every conversation about resolutions inevitably turns to the low success rate, and lack of follow through that most resolutions contain.  Read More…

Reasons Why You May Need Couples Therapy

Relationships are hard.  They involve at least two people, which means differing life experiences, differing perspectives, differing wants and needs.  Sometimes, when these relationships become stuck, it can be helpful to have an objective party who can help sort through the stuck-ness.  This speaks to all sorts of relationships, not just romantic relationships.  Family therapy, Read More…

Holiday Survival Tips

There is a lot that goes into the holidays, and in this busy holiday season, when Thanksgiving runs right into Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and New Years – not to mention end of the year parties, holiday celebrations can quickly become overwhelming.  A big culprit for the heightened emotions and overwhelm of the holidays is stress, Read More…

Is Gratitude Really That Great?

The American culture celebrates Thanksgiving each year in November – a celebration of thankfulness, stemming from early lore of welcoming, sharing a meal, and community.  Ironically, the day after this holiday, we then immerse ourselves into a culture of consumerism, but that is for another blog.  While there may be controversy about the origins of Read More…

Put Off Procrastination

Likely, we have all had experiences of procrastination.  Procrastination, simply defined, is to delay or put off tasks.  Yet colloquially, the way we define this term there is a negative connotation.  We typically procrastinate when we want to avoid doing something less desirable.  In fact we have a whole different term for putting off a Read More…

Mentally Preparing for After Baby Comes

The anticipation of expecting a new baby comes with months of physical preparations, from frequent doctor visits to constructing cribs and changing tables.  However, for new parents, emotional and mental health preparation is critical as well.   There are many resources available about what to pack for the hospital, but the need for an emotional “toolbox” Read More…

The Power of Vulnerability

Those of us who are in the helping profession are quite well acquainted with the concept of vulnerability.  When you enter into a clinical relationship with a provider – be it for medical, mental health, or related services, you are asked to provide deeply personal information to a relative stranger.  The context of the professional Read More…