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, […]

Attachment and Personality Disorders

I am not a research person, and hope to never be stuck in a lab, but over the years I have come into my own theories.  When I was researching Attachment Disorder early in my career, I continued to have the information in my mind as I began diagnosing related to mental health conditions.  As […]

Helping Your Teen With Anxiety

Human emotions are normal.  We all get anxious, depressed, happy, sad, angry, frustrated, and even manic sometimes.  What we need to learn is to manage emotions as we have them, and to acknowledge them.  So many times, in the past, we have been taught not to acknowledge emotions because it makes us look weak, or […]

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 […]

Managing Disappointment

There are many twists and turns in life.  Things that we hope for, and other things that we question.  Sometimes we wish for things and they happen.  Other times we wish for things, but they don’t happen.  Managing disappointment is something we all need to do.  Sometimes we need to be careful what we wish […]

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 […]

Happily Every After

I’m a Disney fan, and I watch movies that generally have a happy ending.  My favorite Princess is Belle, from Beauty and the Beast.  I like her because she was able to look beyond what people see, to see the person inside.  I wish more people were able to do that.  I wish they could […]

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 […]