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 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”

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”

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?”

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”

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”.”

Parenting: Harnessing the Power of the Cell Phone

If you have a teenager, chances are he or she is glued to his or her cell phone at this very moment.  (And I would bet that’s probably how you’re reading this- but that’s beside the point, right?)  Today, teens are on their phones all of the time- texting, Snapchatting, Instagramming, gaming, and so forth. Continue reading “Parenting: Harnessing the Power of the Cell Phone”

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