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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

It’s Okay Not to be fine!

When people ask “how are you” it’s easy to say “I’m fine”.  It’s the easiest answer at the time, and it’s okay if you are just trying to move on, but there comes a time when that’s not the best answer.  We are not always “fine”, even if we say we are.  There is a […]

Making a Promise

We seem to make promises often, to our boss, parent, teacher, or other family member.  Have you ever thought about what it means to make a promise?  When you make a promise, other people rely on your promise and expect you to follow through with that promise.  If you don’t come through, people can be […]