Talking About Depression

Depression is a common emotion that most people experience at some time in life.  Just like happiness or sadness, depression can come from an event or situation, and when the symptoms escalate, there is help.   Depression can cause weight loss, or gain.  It can create sleep issues, and affect work and relationships.  It can […]

Attachment Theory and Child Development

Early in my career, I wanted to work with kids.  I did my internship in foster care and adoption, and learned so much from my time there.  I worked with kids coming from horrible situations.  I saw families working toward adoption.  I went to court to relate progress, or lack there of, related to reunification […]

How to Find Help

We have talked about finding a good therapist, but it’s worth talking about again.  I have now been involved in mental health for almost 25 years, and I have seen lots of things over the years.  There has been new diagnosis, misunderstood diagnosis, over used diagnosis, but it all boils down to the mental health […]

Time To Care

Once again, the nation is struggling with needless loss and death.  With so many school shootings, and other shootings, our country is struggling to get a handle on something that we can’t see and don’t fully understand.  When did it become acceptable to hurt so many people?  On the other hand, when did it become […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]