When Nothing is Truly Something

My husband and I recently had the opportunity to see the new Christopher Robin movie which centers on the Winnie the Pooh stories with which many of us grew up. It was incredibly sweet, nostalgic, and a wonderful reminder of some of life’s most important lessons! If you haven’t yet seen it, I can’t recommend […]

Are you too critical of your body image?

“I look fat today.” “Why am I so bloated all of the time?” “Without makeup I look too tired and old.” “Ugh, I wish I could wear outfits like hers, but I’m too big for them.” All of these, and more, are thoughts that women have on a daily basis. Almost all women, and even […]

What is EMDR?

EMDR is an effective therapy that can be applied when working with several types of issues, such as anxiety, trauma and particularly PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).  EMDR stands for “Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing”, and that’s what it does.  Through EMDR, I help my clients become less affected (desensitized) by dysfunctional thinking and traumatic memories, and assist them in reprocessing their feelings, beliefs […]

When Stress Goes Rogue, Say Hello to Anxiety: A Guide to Managing and Reducing Your Stress

Stress, it’s the ubiquitous toxic influence of our time.  Our relentless, competitive, materialistic culture seems to manufacture stress, and it is never out-of-stock.  The medical community tells us that excessive stress can lead to physical ailments, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and even cancer.  And from a mental health perspective, stress left […]

What should I be doing? What’s the right question? (Just be here.)

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking forward. What’s next? What should I be doing? Is this getting me where I want to go? I was talking to friends about trying to be less stressed about things like this, about not being so future-focused. One said “Well, what would happen if you just […]

Some days you just don’t have “it”

I bet you know what I mean when I say “some days you just don’t have ‘it’.”  I bet you’ve been there too.  Days when you just feel like you don’t have that much to give.  Days when you just don’t feel like you’re making much sense – even to yourself.  It happens.  It makes […]

Independence Day: Patriotism, exclusion, and revolutionary compassion

Yesterday was Independence Day, July 4th.  As you know, it is an American holiday to mark the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the brand new United States of America saying to Great Britain, “No, sorry, we’re not going to live with this anymore – we’re taking matters into our own hands.”  It is also […]

The importance of ritual: Creating your own closure

What do you think of when you think of ritual?  I think of ceremonies:  weddings, funerals, graduations, inductions, baptisms, etc.  I bet some think of religion.  I bet others think of fraternities and sororities.  What else? But those aren’t the only things that can be ritual.  Some people have a “going to bed” ritual that […]

Loss and Grief: You want to help, but you don’t know how.

There are probably hundreds of articles available about how to help someone you care about who is grieving.  Hey look, here are one, two, three good ones!  That was easy to find! I probably don’t need to write one more.  But, this week has been an odd one, and somehow I’ve had a number of […]

Your words matter (and you matter too!)

In addition to writing this blog, I get to manage the Life Skills Resource Group Facebook and Twitter pages.  This is a lot of fun, because it involves looking for materials which others would enjoy or benefit from.  I get to look at lots of inspirational and philosophical messages and read lots of articles, trying […]

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