Do you REALLY want what you say you do?

 photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net/stuartmiles  You might say, “What kind of question is that?”  It’s a serious one, though.  We all want things, and we all say we have goals, but how clear is our picture of what these are- and how do we get there?  It’s hard to get somewhere if you don’t know. And whatContinue reading “Do you REALLY want what you say you do?”

“We all want the same things, for pretty much the same reasons”

This is a phrase I use from time to time, whenever I feel myself getting caught up in other people’s emotions or annoyed by their behavior.  I read it in an article on the subject, which essentially talked about having compassion for others- even when it might be hard to do so.  In a timeContinue reading ““We all want the same things, for pretty much the same reasons””

Considerations in Choosing a Therapist

Since I have been a therapist for a number of years now, I have often been the first therapist a person has seen.  Other times I’ve heard about people’s difficulties and frustrations in finding the right therapist.  And since a certain match and the right expertise are essential, I may not always be the bestContinue reading “Considerations in Choosing a Therapist”

5 Words I Have Come To Hate As A Psychologist

5 Words I Have Come To Hate As A Psychologist Being a psychologist, I sit with people every day and listen to their lives- what makes them happy or sad, what they like or dislike, how they see things, and what they view as the reasons for why things are.  I love hearing about otherContinue reading “5 Words I Have Come To Hate As A Psychologist”

Compassion: A Key to Happiness and Well-Being

I’m from the Philadelphia area, and this past weekend was the long-awaited Pope’s visit.  During and afterward I saw lots of articles, video, and commentary on compassion being at the center of Pope Francis’ messages. And this seems to be a big part of his appeal- among Catholics and non-Catholics alike.  This post is notContinue reading “Compassion: A Key to Happiness and Well-Being”

In a rut? …Then shake it up!

This is something I find myself saying to clients all of the time. Often, people report feeling depressed, anxious, holding themselves back, not accomplishing a goal, achieving some success only to give up, or otherwise just staying stuck in the same old patterns. They recognize it, but their efforts to change always seem to falter,Continue reading “In a rut? …Then shake it up!”

“The easiest thing to do is nothing”.

This is something I say to my clients all the time.  And it’s true.  Here are a few examples: Staying in a relationship you know is bad because it’s easier than leaving. Feeling overweight but not going to the gym- or improving your diet because it’s “too hard”. Not looking for a better job whenContinue reading ““The easiest thing to do is nothing”.”

What are the different types of mental health professionals?

“What are the different types of mental health professionals?”  I get this question a lot, or more often, “What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?”  There are a number of links online about this, but I thought I would share some information, which could be useful particularly if you were searching forContinue reading “What are the different types of mental health professionals?”

99 Days of Freedom

As I was getting ready for work today, catching up on some things on the computer- including wasting time scrolling through my Facebook feed, I came across something I thought was interesting.  It’s called 99 Days off Freedom and is a campaign to get people to go Facebook-less for 99 days, reclaiming the lives theyContinue reading “99 Days of Freedom”

“I’ll (blank)…as soon as I (blank).”

Complete the statement. How often do you find yourself saying (or thinking) that?  I included blanks because there are so many common examples. “I’ll play with you…as soon as I clean up the kitchen”… “I’ll do my work…as soon as I finish these episodes of Game of Thrones”… “I’ll go to bed…as soon as I finishContinue reading ““I’ll (blank)…as soon as I (blank).””