Mitigate the Stress Response with a Hand on Your Heart

Linda Graham, MFT and author of Bouncing Back:  Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, shares a highly effective stress relieving exercise that encourages the release of oxytocin, the brain’s antidote to the stress hormone, cortisol. Barbara Fredrickson, a pioneering… Read more »

Learning to Cope, Living with Hope….Life with BPD

This is a follow up to Borderline Personality Disorder: A Survivor’s Story, written by Amy Allison for LoveAndLifeToolbox.com in 2009.   Amy shares how things been since that time; challenges, triumphs and her ongoing personal work. I strongly encourage you to… Read more »

Is Your Inner Child Driving the Bus?

In some photos of myself as a young child I looked sad.  As I stare into my own eyes in some of the pictures from back then I see melancholy and pensiveness.  Distance.  Ambivalence.  A little girl inside her own head…. Read more »

I Tried to Prove Myself to the World

Indhira Rojas is the founder of Anxy, a new magazine that de-stigmatizes emotional struggles and normalizes the fears we all have.  She shares the story behind starting Anxy, when she realized her feelings of worthlessness were driving her into the ground…. Read more »

When Have People Been Caring?

Rick Hanson, PhD breaks down the practice of  “feeling cared about.”  The first step is to get past the obstacle of remembering when you haven’t. —– Feel Cared About Everyone knows what it’s like to care about someone. Remember being… Read more »

22 Ways Happy People Get Their Groove On

What are happy people up to?  What do they do that others don’t?  Happiness is not a “one size fits all” but there are a number of things you can work into your life to increase positive emotions and good vibes… Read more »

Shame, Fear and the Power of Truth

Motivational speaker, author, producer and talk show host, Kirsty Spraggon of KirstyTV.com reached out to me to watch and potentially share a video about her “deepest work around stigma, shame and secrets.”  Being passionate about these topics and a therapist with… Read more »

Loneliness Impacts Emotional, Relational and Physical Health

An excellent piece found on PsychCentral.com highlights the pervasive problems associated with loneliness.  The issue of feeling separated from others is rampant in life and often reflected in my therapy practice.  We all have felt loneliness at one time or… Read more »

One Simple Prescription for Happiness

It’s not actually realistic to boil down the elements of happiness into one element but some researchers believe that if you could, gratitude would be it. Gratitude might even be the path to a more satisfied life. It can improve… Read more »

Creating Meaning and Purpose Around the End of Life

Linda Graham, MFT looks at the often challenging topic of death and dying, how we can cultivate meaning and purpose around the end of life.  She explores the idea of a paradigm shift in how we (society, the medical profession) often… Read more »