Time to Reflect

Every now and then, it’s good to reflect, on where you have been and where you are headed.  Taking time to look at progress and failures can help as you move forward.  Today I pass an interesting milestone, and want to take time to think about just that.  I’m hoping to think about where I […]

Helping Kids Through Tough Times

There is so much going on in the world today, and so much news that kids are exposed to, sometimes it can be hard for them to understand events and still feel safe.  No matter what the age, kids and young adults need information and assistance with what they hear and see.  There are many […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thank You To Our Military Service Members

The holidays are getting closer, and many are making plans to get together with family for the holidays.  We are baking, planning, wrapping, and cleaning, getting ready for the celebrations to come.  As you work toward whatever you have planned for your celebration, please stop and think about the service members overseas, in harms way, […]

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 […]

The Holiday Countdown

As the holidays keep moving closer, just wanted to check on how you were doing.  Now is about the time that I start to feel overwhelmed, and ready to pull out my hair.  Planning for gifts, planning for dinner, and worrying about money are all part of the holidays but it’s also part of the […]

Surviving Young Adulthood

After writing the recent post about the life cycle, it occurs to me that there is more to talk about.  Surviving the teen years is hard, but at least kids are still with their parents, for the most part.  After graduation, or turning 18 year old, it gets harder, and some parents are still around […]