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Grief

5 Tips for Dealing with Grief


Whether you lost a loved one to sickness, tragedy , divorce or even a significant break-up, loss is a trauma. Losses can create identity challenges, lifestyle changes, financial problems and even have social implications.

After 20 years of counseling clients through grief as well as experiencing my own losses, I recommend the following:

1) Be patient with yourself.  There is no timeline for grief.  It is different for each person.  Honor your feelings and your own experience. ...
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Family Life

5 Ways to Be a Less Anxious Parent


As a therapist who has counseled parents for 20 years and as a mother of two daughters (ages 14 and 11), I understand that parenthood is a rollercoaster of highs and lows with many opportunities for learning. A friend with older teens recently advised, “Hang onto your hat!” I am sure the lessons will

Parenthood can be an anxiety-provoking experience from in utero (“Is everything going okay in there??”) to grandparenthood (“How can my baby handle...
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Career

15 Ways to Live Authentically & Amazingly



Anxiety, depression and unhappiness occur when people are not living their lives in a way that is congruent with their authentic selves. This is what I have learned after providing psychotherapy to a diverse clientele for over 20 years.

Also, I've noticed many people get stuck on the proverbial “hamster wheel” of life---an endless cycle of work and household responsibilities and obligations. Seldom do they pause to reflect about who they really are or why they...
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General

20 Ways to Choose Happiness


I love when I notice I’m smiling when I’m alone. The smile isn’t falsely constructed to please anyone else. Rather, it’s naturally powered by my inner bliss, which radiates and beams through my being.

After many years of deep, inner work, I’m at a place in my life where I seem to have found greater peace and more bountiful joy. My mind is free to dream. My heart sings. My...
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General

How to Get Out of a Bad Mood: 12 Tips



Large and rapidly moving, ominous clouds of negativity roll into my mind, infuse my thoughts and deeply darken my mood. As I exhale, I feel the irritability fume from my nostrils like fiery smoke from a dragon’s. As I bristle with defensiveness and hostility, I feel the energetic spikes of anger jet from my spine, creating a non-verbal warning to others to steer clear. My eyes narrow and shoot lasers of fury. My tongue sharpens...
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