The holidays can be joyful and triumphant, but they can also be isolating and full of grief. It can be difficult to manage everyone’s “Holiday spirit” when you just want to hide out in your room and not talk to anyone. Psychology today had a wonderful article regarding how “not everyone enjoys the holidays.” At … More The Holiday Dance
Recently Instagram announced that it will begin testing removing the number next to the “likes” we get. Likes can cause a thrill and enjoyment to see how much other viewers liked the content that you posted. But it could also have its negative side of not getting as many likes as one would have hoped, … More Mental Health and Social Media
A quick Google search of procrastination leads to a few common words, lazy and lack of self-control. I have counseled (and know) many successful, motivated, and in control individuals that would consider themselves “procrastinators.” A realization occurred when I did this 5 second search, the shame that comes along with procrastinating. So, I decided to … More Procrastination; let’s talk about it, tomorrow.
The stages of grief are identified by Kübler-Ross as; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. These stages do not have to be processed in a linear fashion, nor do we have to hit every stage. Grief is different from person to person, and it does not mean that someone in your life has to have … More How am I supposed to grieve and what am I supposed to grieve over?
Music, a lot of people are experts on their version of what this word has come to mean. Our days sometimes even revolve around music, what we listen to on the way to work/school to get us charged up and ready for the day, what we listen to on the way home to decompress, or … More Soundtrack to our lives
“I always…” “They never…” “I wish they would…” These are pretty common conversation starters when I ask clients about their partners. But when I ask, “What do you like about your partner/relationship?” that usually it takes a long while to answer. Luckily it is usually answered, but it takes much more thought to come … More Couples Therapy
Can you think back on your favorite childhood game? Whether it is a video game, physical activity, board game, etc. bring that game to mind. For this exercise, we are going to go through this with choosing a video game. Let’s think about it for a few seconds; can you hear the music? The … More Continue, not Game Over.
A common question that I get from potential client’s, friends, and even family members is “Do I need therapy?” This question really depends on your ability to identify and use coping skills, knowledge about your own emotions, and willingness to share information that you have probably kept locked away with a stranger. I always answer … More Do I Need Therapy?
Depression is defined by many different ways, depending on experience and personality. Managing depression can be difficult due to the decrease motivation, loss of things that once interested us, and an increased desire to sleep. Again, depression is defined differently depending on who you ask, so this is a generalization. Good sleep hygiene is difficult … More I have depression, now what?
A common question that some of us avoid at an interview, meeting someone new, or even filling out a questionnaire for their new therapist, “What are your strengths?” A question that some of us might feel is pompous, arrogant, or self centered. When in reality, the answer to this question will open up avenues of … More Being aware of our strengths