Staying Calm in an Unsettled World

It seems to me the news has been particularly disturbing lately.  Whether it’s ideological groups thrusting aggressively forward with psychologically terrifying tactics, a disturbing disease stealing the lives of thousands and seeping past our borders or an unusual strain of… Read more »

Happiness: Questions to Ask Yourself…and a Caveat

Happiness is a popular topic these days.  We now know that much of your happiness is in your control (40% says Sonja Luyubomirsky, PhD in her book, The How of Happiness) which empowers you make real changes impacting your emotional and… Read more »

Avoid the Expectation Trap

Craig Harper, a coach and motivational speaker in Australia, explores the many ways you can be let down by others and  how changing your expectations can change your reality. Do people let you down? Have they let you down in… Read more »

Your Inner Kid: Fun Ways to Practice Playful Mindfulness this Summer

Most kids have it down when it comes to being in the moment.  They live for the now and get fully absorbed in their activities.  Without the burden of responsibilities they master the art of play, wonderment and mindful attention…. Read more »

Feel Whole

Rick Hanson, PhD encourages us to be open to all of our experiences rather than be derailed by the parts that can get in the way. He offers a practice in how to “widen the spotlight” to feel more whole,… Read more »

How to Get Your Fear to Back Off

Amy Eden Jollymore, an adult child of alcoholics and long time writer on the subject, dives into ways to get unstuck from fear.  She believes if you start with the small stuff, you will develop the courage to tackle bigger… Read more »

What’s Holding You Back? Understanding the Payoff of Having a Chronic Problem

As a therapist and coach, the symbolism of this “break free” sculpture speaks to the deepest part of my soul. It resonates with me for all the work I’ve done in my life: my own personal growth work and my… Read more »

Trauma: Why Can’t I Just Get Over This?

If you are asking yourself that question months or even years after a difficult event then it is time to take a closer look.  Terrible things can and do happen to good people and can continue to lead to strong… Read more »

3 Ways You Might be Sabotaging Your Growth

If you are like most people, you’d prefer happiness over unhappiness.  You probably know and accept that life cannot always dish out platefuls of sweet cherry pie with whipped cream or provide a sunlit dappled green field filled with daisies… Read more »

Resilience and the 6 C’s of Coping

Everyone experiences adversity and people have different abilities to recover from difficult situations.  This is called resilience and the good news is, it can be developed.  In the book, Bouncing Back:  The Neuroscience of Resilience and Well-Being, Linda Graham, MFT… Read more »