Let's be real: Teenagers can suck, big time. Sometimes it seems like their job is to negatively impact their parent's mood. If they aren't ignoring us, rolling their eyes at us, or sighing dramatically, they are pretty much cooped up in their rooms on a device of their liking. And yet, we have to live… Continue reading How to not Hate your Teenager
I have been spinning for a few years now. I can’t say I took to it right away, since the seat jabbed into my crotch and it was really quite uncomfortable. In fact I may have thought, “Why would anyone want to do this?” But after a few sessions, I was hooked. By hooked, I… Continue reading I’m the Fattest one in Spin Class
Here it is: lately I suck. I feel angry and cranky, and moody. I'm coming off a very low dose of an anti-depressant. I'm not sure when I stopped needing this anti-depressant; I've been on it for years and was prescribed it for irritability. I do know that I have a part that is screaming at… Continue reading The crappy truth about anti-depressant withdrawal
It's been a while since I've blogged. I'm in a "lazy" stage. It seems my pattern is to take a big leap, then pull back a bit from life. If you read my last blog, you know my big leap was that I was planning to take a trip by myself in November, and that… Continue reading The Mess that is Me
Decisions: The subject seems to be coming up quite a bit in my therapy sessions recently. My clients are facing a multitude of really big things: ending marriage, job changes, moving, financial problems, etc. My advice never wavers: don‘t make any decision based on a negative emotion like fear, guilt, shame or resentment. My client’s response is… Continue reading How to Make a Decision without Stuffing your Feelings or Jumping Ship
I went back to school later later in life. Not Rodney Dangerfield late, but there were nineteen years between graduating with my Bachelors and obtaining my Masters. As you can imagine, my sense of pride was beaming out of my body. I remember one day when I ran into my neighbor and he asked what I was… Continue reading Marriage and Divorce: a lot alike.
I certainly didn't set out to gain fourteen pounds. Actually, my theme for the new year was going to be "health and wellness." It was November of 2015, and I had just broken up with my on again/off again boyfriend. I knew this time we would be off for good and I also knew there… Continue reading What I gained in addition to 14 pounds.
"Kelly"* came in to see me about nine months ago, complaining about symptoms of anxiety and stress that were directly related to the consequences of her recent affair. Her husband "Jake"* had found out and the consistent chill and tension in the air at home was so intense, Kelly wondered if it was even worth… Continue reading Can your Marriage Survive an Affair?
About six months ago, “Danni"* came to see me. She complained of an underlying depression she had been dealing for a long time. Danni was a 30 year old beauty with auburn hair, striking green eyes, great energy and a gorgeous kick ass tattoo on her left forearm. She was a neonatal nurse and loved her job, although it… Continue reading What’s Self Love Got to Do With it?