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…

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…

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…

What Is Mindfulness, and How Can It Help Me?

 As you look through treatments and strategies to help with a variety of presentations, such as anxiety, mood, adjustment, or trauma, one word keeps coming up that may not make as much sense as some of the other, more conventional recommendations.  While typically therapy, medication, exercise, and self-care are touted heavily, mindfulness has increasingly been Read More…