The Benefits of Meditation, and How to Get Started

When we hear the word “meditation” many of us have images of a robe-clad monk sitting cross-legged for hours on end in silence and stillness. While this can be one method of meditation for some, there are in fact many different ways to meditate, and you don’t have to be a monk, or sit cross-legged, or wear robes to do […]

Finding our Identities

It is not possible for a small child to say “no” to the pressure to adopt an identity. Growing up, other people tell us who we are and who we need to be. We get older and start to grapple with the identities given to us. We find we are not in tune with ourselves […]

A Shift in Perspective

It’s so easy to feel down on ourselves or beat ourselves up for something that doesn’t go as well as planned. Whether you were shooting for the moon and landed among the stars (so you’re able to remind yourself to feel good about where you got) or feel like you missed the entire galaxy, a […]

Three Things to Know About Mindfulness

Have you noticed what’s at the top of best seller lists and at the checkout counter of most grocery stores?  It’s adult coloring books!  As we’ve become more focused on increasing productivity, multi-tasking and goal achievement, our minds and bodies have suffered from the constant fatigue, crankiness and feeling overwhelmed. Becoming mindful is much more […]


Understanding ourselves, what motivates and drives us, what gives us a sense of peace and fulfillment, what connects us to others, what gives life meaning and purpose, and how we get in our own way are some of the important components of good emotional health that bring people to therapy. The premise of what I […]

How Chronic Illness Affects Mental Health

Chronic illness can sometimes be considered invisible because the outward effects may not be seen by others, however the effects on the body and mind of the afflicted can often be debilitating. Once diagnosed, doctors can be primarily focused on the immediate physical symptoms, but far too often overlook the impacts an illness has on […]

Social Media and Mental Wellness

How do you feel after scrolling? Seriously, ask yourself. Pick your favorite social media platform and imagine yourself scrolling through for an hour or so. How are you feeling after that hour? Do you feel empowered? Motivated? Or do you feel down on yourself, like you “don’t quite measure up?”  If you feel the latter, […]


There is no running away from this reality. You and I know that this will eventually be our fate. But, what happens when death suddenly snatches someone without notice? The pain can feel unmanageable. First, there’s the shock of the unexpected and then immediate denial. May be, I’ve misunderstood. This just can’t be!  Then sadness slowly […]


The thing that hurts you most in life is your own untamed mind. The thing that can help you the most in life is a disciplined mind. When the wild mind is untamed, it can be very harmful. If we learn to tame our minds, then it can help us by reducing our suffering and […]

Benefits of Journaling

When you were a teenager, you might have kept a diary hidden under your mattress. It was a place to confess your struggles and fears without judgment or punishment. It likely felt good to get all of those thoughts and feelings out of your head and down on paper. You may have stopped using a […]

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