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, […]

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 […]

Recovering from Divorce

I’m reminded often about how divorce can affect someone’s life.  Whether the separation is due to an affair, violence, conflict, or other issues, it’s a painful time for people going through it.  The couple is affected, but so are family members, friends, children, coworkers, and others.  There is sadness, depression, emotional and even physical pain […]

Good Days and Bad

There are good and bad things that happen every day.  There are also days with more good than bad, and days with more bad than good.  Sometimes you can turn a bad day into good, but the idea of turning a good day into bad is thought provoking at best.  Being able to turn a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Asking for Directions

Some people have a good sense of direction and are able to find what they need in life, without any help.  Other’s need help and direction.  Sometimes directions are basic, and get you from place to place, but other times direction includes finding a focus and direction for your life.  That can include picking a […]

Making a Promise

We seem to make promises often, to our boss, parent, teacher, or other family member.  Have you ever thought about what it means to make a promise?  When you make a promise, other people rely on your promise and expect you to follow through with that promise.  If you don’t come through, people can be […]

Making a Budget

  Many of the people I see in therapy have depression and anxiety.  As I talk with them, basic things come up, including finances, relationships and the future.  I have often thought that basic finances should be taught in high school.  Everyone should know how to balance a check book, write a check, call for […]