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 […]

Recovering from Trauma

There are many kinds of trauma that people go through, and many ways that people manage that trauma to recover.  The important thing is to manage the trauma and be able to move beyond it to get your life back.  Part of recovering your life is being able to think about a life after the […]

Celebrating you!

These days, things are over celebrated.  Every child that plays sports now gets a trophy.  We have graduations from kindergarten, and other grades even before high school.  We seem to be making up things to celebrate, and some people feel they need to be celebrated above others.  We are all important.  We all have strengths […]

Mental Health Stigma

Most mental health statistics will say that 25% of people are diagnosed with mental health issues, but I would argue that most people can fit a mental health diagnosis at some point in their lives.  The problem is that many people who have mental health issues don’t get help because they are afraid of the […]

Social Media, A Review

Social media has become an important resource, but also an important business in current times.  It gives people ways to stay in touch across the world, as moving becomes more common, and living your lifetime in your hometown becomes very uncommon.  Sharing pictures and events with family, and being able to stay in touch has […]

Managing Disappointment

We all have dreams and goals.  We work hard to try to see those dreams come to life and try to believe in something we can’t see.  We plan, research, and hope, but sometimes dreams get interrupted.  That’s when we have to regroup and redefine our goals and dreams.  In working with people, I have […]

Take Time to Enjoy Family

Things today get crazy.  With so many events and responsibilities pulling at our time, sometimes it’s hard to remember to prioritize the more important things.  I know I struggle with the hats that I wear.  Sometimes, it’s hard to divide time to make sure that I care for myself, and my family.  As I talk […]

Finding Balance In Life

When working with patients, part of the work usually becomes finding a balance between personal needs, the needs of a family, and the needs of a job.  Finding the balance between all things can be very difficult at times.  Without balance, mental health issues can fester and become worse.  Depression can increase, and anxiety can […]

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 […]

A Spoon Full of Sugar

In working with patients, sometimes it’s hard to convince them that things can get better.  When I work with people who have struggled for many years due to depression or anxiety, they don’t feel that things can get better and struggle to see things from a different perspective.  When you have financial problems, relationship issues, […]