Depression

A Client’s Bill of Rights — Our Top 10

When people come in for therapy, they're not at their best. No one comes for counseling when everything is fine. People come because their lives have gotten out of control, when they're hurting, confused, anxious, depressed, or scared.

In the midst of finding a therapist, scheduling a first appointment, and meeting this person who you entrust with the deepest part of yourself, you may not think about your rights as a client or patient.

As a therapist,...
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Family

7 Tips to Make your Holidays (Mostly) Peaceful

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or other winter holiday, there's probably a thing or two that you're dreading. Despite all the songs about peace and harmony, love and joy, family and friends, holidays can be rough on relationships.

Sounds lovely, doesn't it?

Be it your temperamental aunt on your father's side, your sister-in-law who always has a bit too much to drink, or even your children who have not yet learned to accept a present they...
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anxiety

Healing From Trauma and Mental Illness

In June of this year, I dislocated my pinky. It was x-rayed to make sure it wasn’t broken. Because it was "just" a dislocation, I thought that in a couple of weeks it would be healed and back to normal. I had no idea that healing could take much longer than that.
It’s been five months, and my finger is still crooked and swollen. It still has a limited range of motion....
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Family

10 Life Lessons to Teach Your Child

Recently, I had an interaction with a friend that showed me some areas where we parent quite differently.

The conversation brought to light the fact that, although we parent differently, we both want to raise our kids in the best way possible and we both want to teach our children valuable life lessons.

So here are ten life lessons that I believe our children should learn. Please add your own in the comments below!

Friendships take work. Friendship is...
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General

Understanding Defense Mechanisms


Growing up in the Northwest, I was an excellent tree climber.

I'd climb up trees to put on Christmas lights, I'd climb trees to get away from my three sisters, I'd climb trees to experience silence.

In my mind, trees have always been benevolent, safe  creatures that shelter birds, squirrels, and children. At least, that's how I saw it before I encountered a tree with...
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Family

10 Communication Skills You Can Use Right Now

When my daughter was 2 ½, she was a biter. And by biter I don’t mean that she bit into bagels or apples.

She bit kids. Small kids, bigger kids. I watched her like a hawk but she continued. I had no idea why until she started attending speech therapy when she was three. Almost immediately, she was able to ask for what she wanted, and found that people responded. The biting ended.

Because of speech therapy,...
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Depression

Feeling S.A.D? How to Battle Seasonal Affective Disorder.


Autumn and winter are beautiful seasons. The  leaves changing colors, the air grows sharp and crisp, snow and frost and ice appear. It sounds lovely, doesn't it?

Except, for some people, it's not great. The reduction in daylight hours can bring on seasonal depression. For people who struggle with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), autumn and winter harken days of depressed moods, weight gain or loss, periods of withdrawing from the world, and increased sleep.

People who struggle...
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Relationships

Healing After the Affair: 4 Things to Expect

Infidelity is a topic that few of us discuss openly. When a couple splits up, they're often hesitant to reveal the reason that their relationship ended, especially if it's due to cheating.
Infidelity is like a wrecking ball on a relationship. When a person finds out that their partner has been unfaithful, many areas of their life are impacted. Here are four  changes to expect when your partner has been unfaithful.


Sexuality: When your partner...
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General

Tracking Your Mood? There’s an App for That!



As a therapist, I know how important understanding your moods are is. I will often ask the people I work with how their mood has been.

Usually people will give a one or two word answer that mainly represents how they’re feeling now rather than thinking through their whole week. Sometimes someone will say that the beginning of the week was rough, but they feel better now. What I'm really curious to know is how their...
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Depression

6 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Bipolar Disorder


According to NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) more than 10 million people have bipolar disorder .

How much do you know about it?

If you’re like most people, you probably assume that you have a basic idea of what the disease is about. You've seen or read about celebrities who have acknowledged their illness.

Some of  you may know that Demi Lovato learned in 2010 that she is bipolar. Ms. Lovato also has struggled with an...
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