Shame Is Not A Stranger

Share this…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 Read More…

Coming Back From Adversity

Share this…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 Read More…

Holiday Survival Tips

Share this…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 Read More…

Is Gratitude Really That Great?

Share this…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 Read More…

What Is Baby Brain?

Share this…Recently, Katie Sardone, PhD, of Behavioral Health Dallas, offered tips and suggestions for helping new parents mentally adjust to the arrival of a new baby.  As she was sharing, Dr. Sardone also spoke of some of the changes that occur, mentally and emotionally, during pregnancy. While much of the preparation for baby includes preparing Read More…

Put Off Procrastination

Share this…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 Read More…

Mentally Preparing for After Baby Comes

Share this…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 Read More…

Letting Go Of The Past

Share this…Humans have an unbelievable capacity in terms of their memory.  Triggers, such as certain smells or environments can often lead us down a memory trail.  Pieces of dreams are made up of memories.  But what happens when our memories or experiences are harmful? When we harbor resentments and grudges, or when we re-experience a Read More…

Therapy Helps. . .but How?

Share this…The idea of starting a therapeutic journey is intimidating, scary, and often is a choice that is not considered lightly.  Anecdotes that clients share include being “dragged” to therapy by a family member, being told that they need “help” as an insult, or an idea that came from an inner voice saying that something Read More…