Sadness and Depression

For many of my patients, this time of year brings memories and a struggle to get out of bed in the morning.  As odd as it sounds, the holidays are a way to mark time and they help people remember good things, but they also remember disappointment and trauma.  I hear about the loss of […]

What about stress?

As we move into the new year, we take all our issues from 2018 with us, so there is some benefit to talking about stress as we start the new year.  There is surely enough stress to go around.  The stock market is having issues.  Lots of people are out of work due to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is still alive and well in our country.  The recent events around the swearing in of the newly appointment justice shines the light again on the fact that there is still an understanding that harassing others is okay, as long as you are in power and have enough power to overcome accusations.  With […]

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 […]

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 […]

Overcoming Mental Health Issues

Living with mental health issues is hard.  At times the issues can overwhelm your life, keeping you isolated and lonely.  At other times, it can make risky situations worse causing other problems that need to be managed.  In my years as a therapist, I have worked with people struggling with so many mental health issues, […]