Rise in Anxiety and/or Depression in our Youth, What Gives?

According to a recent study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, more than 1 in 20 US children and teens (ages 6 to 17 years old) have anxiety or depression.  Approximately 2.6 million American children and adolescents had diagnosed… Read more »

What Can You Do When You’re Shaken?

Rick Hanson, PhD, looks at the need we all have to find a place to stand firmly; whether it be physically, psychologically or spiritually.  He offers ways to find stability when you feel shaken or out of control.  I’ve been to… Read more »

Combat Self-Blame with Self-Forgiveness

Dr. Elisha Goldstein, PhD, offers a self-forgiveness practice to help shift our old stories and habit of self-blame.  He suggests that if we adopt a “learning mindset,” growth can occur from the inevitable mistakes we all make in life. Self-blame… 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 »

Having a Difficult Past and Getting the “Worthlessness” Monkey Off Your Back

Amy Eden looks at how to navigate feelings of worthlessness stemming from a difficult past. As you grow, and gain joy in your healing and growing-up-in-adulthood process, it’s just as important to embrace dark moments in your growth as it… Read more »

Cling Less, Love More

Rick Hanson, PhD, looks at the psychological tension inherent in clinging behavior and attachment to outcomes in life.  As a rock climber and a parent, I know some physical kinds of clinging are good – like to small holds or… Read more »

The Impact of Depression on Relationships

Most of us are aware about the havoc that depression can wreak on somebody.  The symptoms can be almost paralyzing; a sensation that a dark cloud stalks them or a pit lingers in their stomach every waking moment.  It can be… Read more »