How To Treat Anxiety

Most of us have had experiences and periods of time where we have felt anxiety.  The anticipation of something we are dreading or looking forward to, the unease of a new situation, or the feeling of being not-quite-safe in an unfamiliar environment.  In a clinical mental health definition, an anxiety disorder is when the temporary Read More…

How To Choose A Therapist

The process of deciding to go to therapy is worthy of a blog post in itself.  There are estimates that a potential client will visit a website or listing of a therapist approximately 8 times before deciding to schedule. In the space between each website visit, there are stressors, relationships, circumstances, and difficulties that continue Read More…

How To Set Achievable Goals

Goals are a part of defining success.  Because the concept of success is so highly personal, goals are a better marker of success than comparison.  For example, a person whose goal it is to achieve work life balance, when compared to a person whose goal it is to climb the corporate ladder – if we Read More…

Treatment Guidelines for Transgender Individuals

Historically, the mental health and medical communities have not always had the best understanding of transgender and gender diverse health care and mental health needs – nor the best intentions in caring for those who are not cis-gender.  Thankfully, research, understanding, and humanity have evolved into a growing de-stigmatization of gender diversity.  Internationally, movement is being Read More…

Can You Make Your Child Smarter?

At this point, you’ve likely heard the scandal involving celebrities and others in elite class involved in a college admission process that fabricated test scores and extracurriculars to get unaware offspring into programs and schools they might not otherwise have been offered admission into.  While enough has been reported on this scandal, there is a 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…