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!”

How to Find or Choose a Therapist

I posted on this before, but I thought it would be useful to write more of a nuts-and-bolts, how-to version about finding and choosing a therapist.  I’ve had this conversation hundreds of times with potential clients and with family and friends, so I thought it would be a good idea to summarize it here. WhereContinue reading “How to Find or Choose a Therapist”

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…”

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”

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