Repost: 8 (9) Tips to Enjoy the Holidays More

Whatever you celebrate or whether you celebrate, this time of year may be filled with family gatherings, get-togethers with friends, and being a bit busier.  Many of us enjoy the holidays, yet people report a significant amount of stress surrounding them.  Whether it’s trying to do too much, financial concerns about gift buying or takingContinue reading “Repost: 8 (9) Tips to Enjoy the Holidays More”

10 benefits of therapy- even when you don’t have a mental illness

Today I submitted comments for an article about benefits of therapy for people who may not have a mental illness. There are many, and I say this not just because I’m a therapist, but because I believe it and I see it all of the time. In fact, when people ask me things like, “Isn’tContinue reading “10 benefits of therapy- even when you don’t have a mental illness”

Think quitting drinking or AA is the only way? Think again.

I recognize that this post may seem controversial to some people, but hear me out. I want  to challenge “conventional wisdom” here- because it’s something I’ve always had a need to do, and because I’m a psychologist and I spend every day helping people think differently or to find out-of-the-box solutions to their problems. ForContinue reading “Think quitting drinking or AA is the only way? Think again.”

Adjustment Isn’t Always Easy

We will all have to make many adjustments in life- to new things (schools, houses, jobs, towns); to situations we didn’t expect (losing a loved one or them becoming sick, a divorce, loss of a job); or to common life transitions (marriage, becoming a parent, children leaving the house, retirement). Some of these are veryContinue reading “Adjustment Isn’t Always Easy”

Feeling Bored or Stuck? Try Something New!

I have been running since college, though have only identified as “a runner” for the past 3-4 years. This past weekend I told my friend (who I run with occasionally and who has been running for many years) that I was at the point of having to drive somewhere else to go running- because everyContinue reading “Feeling Bored or Stuck? Try Something New!”

Common Relationship Mistakes

As a private practice psychologist, I have been seeing a growing number of adults in unhappy, controlling, or outright abusive relationships. These clients span a wide age range, are men or women, of all different backgrounds, and may be dating, engaged, or married. Sometimes they want to improve their relationship, try to dave it, orContinue reading “Common Relationship Mistakes”

Repost: 8 (9) Tips to Enjoy the Holidays More

Whatever you celebrate or whether you celebrate, this time of year may be filled with family gatherings, get-togethers with friends, and being a bit busier.  Many of us enjoy the holidays, yet people report a significant amount of stress surrounding them.  Whether it’s trying to do too much, financial concerns about gift buying or takingContinue reading “Repost: 8 (9) Tips to Enjoy the Holidays More”

How to know if you need therapy

“I don’t know (or I’m not sure) if I need therapy”…  I hear this a lot- and understandably, when I speak with someone for the first time, it could be the first time they have talked to a therapist.  In fact, many people think about it for quite some time before they take the leap.Continue reading “How to know if you need therapy”

10 signs of an unhealthy relationship

Relationships are something I see many clients for in my practice- individually and as couples.  More often people are reporting many unhealthy aspects of their relationships.  Some are well aware of it, while others may not be.  I thought I would talk about some of the signs of unhealthy relationships here- specifically, enmeshed relationships.  I’mContinue reading “10 signs of an unhealthy relationship”

Do just one thing…

I speak with people all of the time, frustrated with themselves for being unable to make a change, or unable to stick to anything to get the results they want.  Sure, life gets busy, or things happen, or our motivation waxes and wanes.  Or maybe the actions we need to take are too hard, it’sContinue reading “Do just one thing…”