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”

10 Things to Think About Before You Open a Private Practice

Like most aspiring psychologists, you either planned to enter private practice one day, or you have thought about it.  According to a recent survey I conducted over the PPA listserv, the top goal of respondents (N = 76) was to work in full-time private practice.  If this is a goal for you, there are manyContinue reading “10 Things to Think About Before You Open a Private Practice”

Don’t hate… compensate!

As a psychologist I work with a lot of people who want to make a change in their lives.  They want to be more outgoing, assertive, or confident…less depressed, anxious, or boring…and so on.  We could probably all benefit from making one change or another. I have found myself lately writing about making changes.  It’s myContinue reading “Don’t hate… compensate!”

Back to School: Six Strategies to Ease the Transition

It’s August 1st.  You know what that means, right?  For my kids, 24 days until school starts.  Others have the luxury of starting after Labor Day (about 32 days left). But who’s counting? (haha) For most of us, summer is winding down- summer camps, vacations, barbeques, time at the pool, and so on.  Hopefully everyone has beenContinue reading “Back to School: Six Strategies to Ease the Transition”

5 Reasons Why Therapy May Be the Most Masculine Thing There Is

Sadly, in 2014 (2016) mental health stigma still exists.  This is the idea that somehow asking for help or talking about feelings is weak or embarrassing- and this is applied to men much more than women.  But if you can talk to your physician about hemorrhoids or erectile problems, why couldn’t you talk to a therapist about hating your jobContinue reading “5 Reasons Why Therapy May Be the Most Masculine Thing There Is”

Advocacy: Letter to the Editor re: Pro-Smoking Messages

Below is a letter I wrote today to the editor of a popular skateboarding magazine, regarding images I keep seeing that I believe portray pro-smoking messages.  As a psychologist and father, I believe this is harmful and that people like magazine editors need to be more conscious of it.  If I get a response I’llContinue reading “Advocacy: Letter to the Editor re: Pro-Smoking Messages”

“Only a Sith deals in absolutes…”

I enjoy a good sci-fi movie, although admittedly I’m no expert on the genre.  Like most Americans, though- and in fact most of the world, I love Star Wars.  Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of my favorite characters.  He’s smart and delivers a lot of great one-liners.  One of the best is when he tells AnakinContinue reading ““Only a Sith deals in absolutes…””

NEW: Summer 2014 Social Skills Groups

This summer I have decided to offer two social skills groups for adolescents in my office in Chester Springs.  The groups are co-ed and one will be for middle school (for adolescents entering 6th-8th grades) and the other will be for high school (9th-12th grades). I have worked with adolescents for over 10 years andContinue reading “NEW: Summer 2014 Social Skills Groups”

7 Tips for Reducing Family Stress

Anyone with a family knows that family life can be stressful- with work; busy schedules; often conflicting activities; trying to meet everyone’s wants and needs; constant demands for time and money; and of course the unexpected. Some times are easier than others, but often our resources are limited (time, money, or our ability to handleContinue reading “7 Tips for Reducing Family Stress”

10 Strategies to Improve Your Child’s Sports Experience

Like most dads (and many moms), I’m a huge sports fan.  I grew up playing baseball and watching all kinds of sports.  I have also lived in PA for my whole life, near Philadelphia and Pittsburgh- two of the greatest sports cities in America.  So I’m competitive, and having kids who play sports, I love watching them compete too.Continue reading “10 Strategies to Improve Your Child’s Sports Experience”