Tools for Resilience: Cultivating Self Compassion

Linda Graham, MFT explores the power of self compassion to increase resilience.   There are tools and techniques of “self-directed neuroplasticity” that will help you harness the capacities of your brain to rewire itself for greater resilience, lifelong – and… Read more »

Being in the Moment and Why it Matters

Mindfulness.  Presence.  Being in the moment. All three of the above essentially mean the same thing – and practicing them can bring you more emotional and relationship health.  It’s a practice, a reconditioning and training of your mind that can be done… Read more »

Tools for Resilience: “Hand on the Heart” for Calm

Linda Graham, MFT looks at oxytocin’s ability to calm the mind/body and increase resilience.  She offers an exercise to do that. Oxytocin is the neurotransmitter of the “calm and connect” response and is the brain’s direct and immediate antidote to… Read more »

How are You? Really.

I’m not talking about the kind of “how are you” many of us ask acquaintances that often gets the “fine” response.  Whether it’s true or not, many of us have gotten used to relying on “how are you” as a… Read more »

Reflections on The How of Happiness

More and more research shows that the pursuit – or creation – of happiness is not a selfish endeavor at all. Folks who deliberately cultivate happiness – in flavors of joy, contentment, love, pride, awe, – are more creative and… Read more »

How Positive Emotions Can Benefit You Starting Now

Linda Graham, MFT, breaks down of the research-backed benefits of positive emotions; what they are and how they can help you. Our response to any emotion can become a gateway to resilient action. Anger fuels our fight against injustice and… Read more »

Anger: A Prelude to Courage

Linda Graham, MFT, examines the neuroscience of anger and though it is a necessary, hard-wired survival skill, the key is to recognize healthy vs. unhealthy anger.  It’s important to understand that anger is a hardwired-in, body-based survival response.  We can… Read more »

Are We There Yet?

Rick Hanson, PhD, examines how we can spend too much time trying to get “somewhere,” the impact on the brain  and offers tools to be more present. We spend so much of our time trying to get somewhere.  Part of… Read more »

How’s Your Emotional Health? A Quick Checklist

The term “emotional health” means different things to different people.  We all have a basic sense of what makes us happy and the road to a peaceful, satisfying life is unique for everyone.  As a therapist who works with individuals… Read more »

5 Ways to Rewire Your Brain for Happiness and Peace of Mind

We all seek happiness.  We all want to feel calm, grounded and avoid being hijacked by our own emotional reactivity.  Thankfully, the recent studies in neuroscience are demonstrating how to do this.  If you find yourself easily stressed, worried and fearful,… Read more »