Christmas at Disney World

As you all know, Disney World is my favorite place, but around the holidays, I love it even more.  After putting up my Holiday decorations, I have even more respect for the people who decorate the parks and resorts at Disney.  I am moving boxes, and putting up trees, but they are moving tons (quite […]

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 […]

Fighting Injustice

Many of my patients are struggling with multiple mental health issues.  They struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma issues, paranoia, and so much more, but it’s also very common for my patients to be struggling with problems related to services.   Many times, they have been other places for help, and feel that they have been […]

Adjustment to Medical Issues

Adjustment Disorders are listed in the diagnostic manual for mental health disorders, and generally address emotional responses to events.  They can be in response to trauma and can be identified by the development of depression and anxiety or other mental health issues.  Adjustment disorders generally don’t last long term, and if they do, the practitioner […]

There is Nothing Like the Beach

I have always loved the water.  I remember swimming every chance I got as a kid, but in high school I remember sitting on the beach of Lake Michigan watching the water and the sunset when I could.  Sitting there, I could think about anything, process anything, and plan the future I thought I would […]

Managing Change

Change happens.  Just like death and taxes, change happens, weather you plan for it or not.  Things at home can change, and things at work can change.  Changes happen in family issues, and even with simple things like going to the grocery store.  Knowing that things will change can help you plan for how to […]

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, […]

When Things Don’t Go Well

I am generally optimistic.  I pride myself on the ability to see good is most things, and to find the positive in the negative.  When I work with patients, I can provide a new perspective when people talk about issues.  Part of treatment is changing patterns, including thinking and self-talk patters.  One of the hardest […]

Hurricane Florence

I was watching the news tonight, including coverage of the hurricane that is starting to batter the Carolinas.  This time last year we were recovering from hurricane Irma, and Puerto Rico was bracing for Maria.  If you have never been through a hurricane, the anticipation is worse than the event, at times.  But make no […]

Reliving Trauma

On this, the eve of 9/11, there are many people who will remember tomorrow with sorrow and pain.   From our first responders to people who witnessed the events that changed our country (again), September 11th brings up many memories of the events that unfolded the day that planes were used to cause damage and […]