Adverse Childhood Experiences

I recently watched an intriguing TED talk from Nadine Burke Harris. In this talk, Dr. Harris discussed finding the root cause of children who develop different physical and emotional disorders. She explained that, during this research, she found that adverse effects of exposure to different experiences in childhood directly impact … Read More

Exploring Attachment While Valentine’s Day is Approaching

The air is chilly, and February 14th is coming quickly. Valentine’s Day!! To many, this means making dinner reservations, getting chocolates, flowers, or planning to spend time with their significant other. To others, it is a day that reminds them of their singleness. Given our personal attachment styles and our … Read More

Coping with Rejection

Rejection…when I think of this word, it makes me think of the difficult times I have experienced rejection. It is not one of my favorite topics to think about. However, rejection is part of life that we all experience. As human beings, we have to experience rejection in some kind … Read More

Ending the Year Well

During the holiday season, our focus tends to be on our to-do list. We think about what we should be doing, or what is expected of us. Many times, this causes fatigue, financial strain, and stress. However, how many of us have paused and thought about what we need to … Read More

Baking and Anxiety

I have always enjoyed cooking and baking. I love the process of starting something from scratch, and having a finished product that is delicious. When I was in grad school, I began to bake all the time. I would come home from a full-time job and classes and immediately turn … Read More

It Isn’t in My Blood

“Help me, it’s like the walls are caving in. Sometimes I feel like giving up, but I just can’t. It isn’t in my blood.” Some may recognize these words from Shawn Mendes’s hit song, “It Isn’t in My Blood.“ In this song, Mendes courageously sings about his struggle with anxiety. His … Read More

Wanderlust

Wanderlust: the intense desire to travel.  Personally, when I think of that word, I immediately begin planning my next exploration trip. My creative brain begins to engage, and I start researching places to go. From the time I was little, I always liked to be on the go. I loved … 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

The Price of Silence and Self-Betrayal

In this three-part series, we are going to explore a few communication errors commonly made by couples. Those include the price of silence and self-betrayal in relationship, the price of anger in relationship, and how to have an authentic voice in relationships. In this first blog, we will discuss the … Read More

The Benefits of Exercise and Being Outdoors

In a world that is technology-driven, our teenagers are spending more and more time in front of their cell phones, TVs, computer, and gaming systems, and less time outdoors. Many of them are developing screen addictions, which are linked to depression and anxiety. However, there is significant research indicating that … Read More