Time to Reflect

Every now and then, it’s good to reflect, on where you have been and where you are headed.  Taking time to look at progress and failures can help as you move forward.  Today I pass an interesting milestone, and want to take time to think about just that.  I’m hoping to think about where I […]

Helping Kids Through Tough Times

There is so much going on in the world today, and so much news that kids are exposed to, sometimes it can be hard for them to understand events and still feel safe.  No matter what the age, kids and young adults need information and assistance with what they hear and see.  There are many […]

Being Alone with your Thoughts

When was the last time you were alone with your thoughts?  These days, between the radio, cell phones, television, and all the other electronic devices, we are rarely alone.   Many of my patients stay busy to keep from thinking of things, from past regrets to past trauma.  It’s very common to hear that when people […]

There Should Be Cake

So many things are hard, as an adult.  Paying bills, working full time, caring for kids and family members all tax our energy and stamina to keep going.  We lose sleep, have trouble concentrating, forget where we put things, and still we manage to make dinner, help with homework, and keep everyone in clean laundry.  […]

So Much Sadness

Sometimes, it’s hard to imagine how much pain someone can feel.  So many times, people come in my office for support and are in so much emotional pain, both from current events and childhood issues.  Sometimes I struggle to remain strong while working with patients, but I know that part of my role is to […]

How to Ask Questions

Working as a therapist, you learn to ask leading questions, open questions, and questions that get people thinking.  You also teach people how to ask questions in a way that is helpful and that can help get answers.  Sometimes, you also have to teach when not to ask questions.  There is always a time for […]

My Happy Place

Well, I was lucky enough to visit my happy place this weekend, and Christmas is over.  The ginger bread is gone, and the decorations are coming down.  The Magic Kingdom still looks “holidayish”, but the resorts are back to normal.  It’s always a pleasure to be in my happy place, but I will say that […]

Balancing Therapy and Religion

As a therapist, developing  a treatment plan for a patient can be very difficult.  Helping the patient to identify goals is hard at times when someone is feeling very overwhelmed by life, but it can be harder when people get different direction from their church.  As a therapist, there is a balance between providing support […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder

What is seasonal affective disorder? Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is an older term for major depressive disorder (MDD) with seasonal pattern. It’s a psychological condition that results in depression, normally provoked by seasonal change. People typically experience the condition in winter. The condition most often occurs in women and in adolescents and young adults. https://www.healthline.com/health/seasonal-affective-disorder#Overview1 […]

Happy New Year 2018

Welcome to 2018!  Starting the year gives you the opportunity to start new goals, continue to work on old goals, and evaluate to make sure that your goals are leading you in the right direction.  Generally, I like to review the previous year, and think about what works and what doesn’t.  2017 had it’s ups […]