Finding Purpose

As much as I hate having to get up every morning and go to work, there is a reason.  Although some might disagree, I believe that I can help others and I have watched people go from struggling to living over my career.  It’s a privilege to watch my patients transform and I am honored […]

Depression and the Holidays

It’s that time of year again, and the holidays are around the corner.  Over the last week, I watched people start decorating their homes for the season.  The lights and the decorations are beautiful, and make me smile more than presents at this time of year.  There are shoppers already in the malls, getting presents […]

Thanksgiving and Family

It’s the holiday season once again, and as I work with patients preparing to see family, it’s clear that holidays and family sometimes don’t really mix.  I must admit that I am very lucky to have a close family that generally gets along, even on holidays.  As I talk with other people, friends and patients […]

Disney’s All Star Sports Resort

I was lucky enough to visit my happy place over the weekend, and I was pleasantly surprised by my visit to the All Star Sports resort.  The All Star Sports is a value resort at Walt Disney World.  It is in the Animal Kingdom resort area, and is the first resort you come to in […]

The Holidays

It’s that time of year again, and people are preparing for visits from family, getting ready for shopping, and struggling with grief as they celebrate for the first season without a loved one.  Some people love the holidays, and some would just like to fall asleep and wake up in January.  For many, the holidays […]

Disney World Under Construction

I made it “home” this past weekend, to see my happy place once again.  The Food and Wine Festival is still going strong, and I attended Sister Hazel at the American Pavilion, after they stepped in for Smashed Mouth due to illness.  The weather was very nice initially, but got warmer, so yes it’s still […]

It Takes a Village

I recently got to see that having help and support makes things happen.  I have a small dog.  A Yorkie, named Milo, and he likes to go.  He nips at us when we try to leave the house, and barks when he knows that he is being left behind.  He doesn’t like being left behind, […]

Entitlement

Have you ever heard the term “Entitlement”?  It’s a term that has been tossed around often recently to describe upcoming generations.  According to Webster, it means “belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges”.  Let’s explore that for a moment, and I would like to argue that entitlement is learned, and not […]

Helping Your Teen With Anxiety

Human emotions are normal.  We all get anxious, depressed, happy, sad, angry, frustrated, and even manic sometimes.  What we need to learn is to manage emotions as we have them, and to acknowledge them.  So many times, in the past, we have been taught not to acknowledge emotions because it makes us look weak, or […]

Relationships and Acceptance

All relationships have issues.  No relationship is perfect, and they all take work to maintain.  As much as I would love to believe the Disney Princess fairytales that the royal couples lived happily ever after, I have been a therapist too long to believe the fairytales.  As I think about marriage, and the future, I […]