Identity: Who Are You?

Personal identity is a tricky thing. We are always growing, always changing individuals, and just as soon as you think you’ve got yourself all figured out, a new situation or life stage begins and you have to get to know yourself all over again. Our identities are often difficult to … Read More

What is the big deal about mindfulness?


It’s graced the pages of the Wall Street Journal. It’s taught in classes at Google. It’s even shown up in an episode of Parks and Recreation. But what exactly is mindfulness anyway? And why is it becoming such a big deal? According to one leading psychiatrist, mindfulness is simply the … Read More

How to Motivate your Partner to Attend Couples Therapy


Couples therapy, for many individuals, continues to be seen as this mysterious, unforeseeable process that can be very anxiety-provoking to embark upon. Depending on your culture, beliefs and value system, turning to an “outsider” may be a very difficult decision for either partner. As a couples therapist, one of the … Read More

Cognitive Neuroscience Part 4: Teaching an old dog new tricks


Twenty years ago, most physicians, psychologists and researchers believed that the human brain stopped developing after a certain age. The brain could grow and change during childhood or adolescence, but not adulthood. On the surface, this makes sense. It is sometimes difficult to teach an old dog new tricks. However, most … Read More

The College Experience – Choosing Your Major


Experience is a great teacher. We learn though successes, we learn through mistakes, and we even learn from the internet. This summer, we are helping our students learn before their college experience. We have pulled together our experience in working with some of the brightest students, experience from working on … Read More

Self Care vs Zoning Out – Part 2

We have more access to more information and media content than any other generation in human history. Sometimes this access is helpful. It helps us cure cancer, operate more efficiently and stay in touch with family and friends all over the planet. Other times, the sheer amount of information at … Read More

Spring Cleaning: Reducing Clutter!


Spring has arrived in full force; short cold days will soon give way to garden tours, egg hunts, proms, spring break trips to the beach, and the inevitable spring cleaning. As ‘Rites of Spring’ go, cleaning probably isn’t at the top of most peoples’ lists. However, I think it’s invaluable … Read More

Self care – what exactly does it mean? Part 1

Ultimately, self-care is more than just taking one hour for yourself when you have a slow day at work. It’s the self-awareness of knowing what things in life are life-giving to you, and fiercely protecting time in your schedule for those things.

Cracking the Code

Consciously or unconsciously, we each have a code we live by, a set of principles, beliefs, values, habits, and biases around which we make decisions and form opinions. In fact, the lack of either a cohesive code or a harmony between that code and subsequent behavior is a prominent source of anxiety. Equally stressful is trying to live by a code adopted through force or assimilation.