The Deceptive Face of Suicide

The face of suicide can be deceptive. In the past few weeks, the suicides of two celebrity figures have dominated the news cycle. Public reaction included both shock and confusion; shock from their premature deaths, and confusion as to how people who seemingly had it all were driven to take … Read More

Ways to Raise a Confident Child

If you are like most parents, you probably want to raise a confident child. The first step in this process begins with understanding the concept of a “sense of self.” Around the age of 2, kids began to develop their own sense of self. They continue to develop a stronger … Read More

Why 30 is Not the New 20

Many researchers have found that as a culture we are “extending adolescence” longer and longer; this can lead to missing the impact that our twenties have on our lives. In my clinical work, I counsel a large number of twenty- and thirty-somethings. Several years ago, I was introduced to the … Read More

Self-Harm: Students in Pain

Emotional pain takes many forms, and sadly, self-harming behaviors are what young people commonly turn to in their effort to cope with feelings of worthlessness, sadness and anxiety.  The responsibility falls on parents, schools, and the community to be informed and prepared to help young people, especially those that resort … Read More

Mom Guilt: Confessions of a Therapist – Part 1

Mom guilt. We’ve all heard that expression. And if you’re a mother, you know all too deeply how that feels! Motherhood is a wonderfully, beautiful, challenging thing. But as a culture, we have stripped motherhood of both its joy and human-ness, filling it with guilt and shame. Over these next … Read More

Voicing Frustration

In the second blog post of this series, we will explore the warning signs of reactive anger and the importance of using your anger to clarify what you need. When there are problems in relationships, often there is one partner who can be more vocal and reactive about the situation. … Read More

Mindfulness for People in a Hurry

Mindfulness is kind of like Hansel from Zoolander: It is so hot right now. Much of the hype is warranted. When practiced correctly and in the right context, it can be a game changer. However, just like every other trend to sweep the wellness industry for the past… however long … Read More

Kids and Anxiety: How Parents Can Help

If you have ever experienced anxiety, you know that it can be overwhelming, confusing, and frightening. The way children experience anxiety is no different. Fear is a basic emotion for every human being. It’s absolutely normal to feel anxious or worried at times; in fact, fear can even be helpful … Read More