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…

Anxiety: What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

Of the mental health difficulties and struggles that Americans cope with, anxiety is the most prevalent.  Anxiety disorders impact almost 20% of us, while the experience of being anxious, ruminative, or frightened is an almost universal feeling.  Almost half of those diagnosed with an anxiety disorder also have a co-occurring depression disorder, and those that Read More…

When Perfectionism Hurts

Our society is built upon a drive towards the best.  We strive, we compete, and we strive some more.  This ambition and striving is often celebrated, yet the consequences correlate with depression, anxiety, and mental health difficulties.  Perfectionism is the flip side to this striving, the outcome of holding impossibly high standards.  It may seem counter 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 Loneliness

Orson Wells wrote, “We are born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create for the moment that we are not alone.”  The experience of loneliness strikes humans of all shapes, sizes, ages and demographics.  We can feel alone when we are with others, and there is 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…

Family Coping Strategies

This is the time of year when families gather for merriment and celebration.  Kids are home from school, friends and family travel near and far, and holiday celebrations encourage gratitude and joy.  Sounds great – but not very realistic.  In reality, having the disruption to schedules, the stress of traveling and events, and having increased 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…

Shame Is Not A Stranger

George Bernard Shaw, in his play Man and Superman, wrote that “We live in an atmosphere of shame.  We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinion, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.” Read More…

Coming Back From Adversity

Adversity – another word for difficulties, bad luck, or misfortunes.  We all experience adversity, but the key is in how we respond.  Some people crumble in the face of adversity – the challenge is a major stumbling block, and there becomes a domino effect of catastrophe in multiple areas of life, even areas that were Read More…