Self Care

Is there a new normal yet?

At the beginning of the pandemic life as we knew it abruptly changed, with little time to mentally prepare for those changes. Anytime there is change, it creates a new opportunity to define what “normal,” is for us. Many believe grief is only related to a person we care about who has passed away, but…

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Introvert or Extrovert?

(May 26, 2022) Which one are you? The terms introvert and extrovert are often used in casual conversation, and many people identify with one or the other. These terms, while used frequently, can be misused or misunderstood. So, what does it mean to be an introvert or an extrovert? An introvert is someone who gets…

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Boundaries 

(May 5, 2022) Boundaries should be a part of every relationship Especially healthy relationships. Practicing healthy communication patterns and clearly setting boundaries is a large part of what helps people to grow and find peace in their relationships with others and themselves. In her book, “Set Boundaries Find Peace”, Nedra Glover Tawwab dives into what…

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The Power of Humor

(April 19, 2022) “Laughter is the best medicine”  What does this phrase mean? Laughter in and of itself can’t cure colds, broken limbs, or kidney disease. So why do we say that laughter is “medicine”? Often, though not always, what we mean is that humor makes us feel better. Humor is an important tool in…

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Talking To Teens About Mental Health

(March 29, 2022) We need to talk to teens about mental health because teens need to know they can take charge of their own mental health.   According to the national institute of mental health (NIMH) in 2020, 31.9% of adolescents experience some type of anxiety disorder with 8.3% of them being severe.  NIMH also reported…

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Is It Time to Break Up with Your Therapist?

(February 16, 2022) Therapy, at its core, is a relationship. You meet with someone regularly and they help you work through some of your most personal and painful experiences. They help you cope with your moods, help you get resources, and provide you with a model for what relationships can look like. The difference between…

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3 Tips to Self-Compassion

(February 2, 2022) Are you inwardly suffering?  There are days when we do not want anyone to notice or sit with us through our suffering.  We just want to be left alone, because we feel it is too big, too small, or just embarrassing.  Maybe it is a moral, relational, work, schooling, or parenting fail. …

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Online vs. Traditional Therapy

(January 5, 2022) Online vs Traditional Therapy If you are a consumer of media, you are likely familiar with online therapy platforms. At first glance, there does not seem to be a downside. What are the benefits and drawbacks to traditional therapy? What can traditional therapy do, that online therapy cannot?  Let’s break down some…

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Delta Disappointment

(August 30, 2022) Just a few short months ago, COVID 19 seemed to be all but a thing of the past. Mask mandates were being lifted for those who were fully vaccinated, get togethers were resuming in safe ways, hospitals weren’t overwhelmed with COVID 19 patients, and overall COVID 19 numbers were dropping. Then came…

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Assembling Your Coping Toolkit

(August 2, 2021) Let’s start with what the coping toolkit is: Therapists and other mental health professionals often talk about the “toolkit” or “toolbox”.  The purpose of this coping toolkit is to help with anxiety or depression symptoms. This is a wonderful metaphor if you know what it means and how to use it appropriately. …

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