Anxious to Thrive

In his book, Mindfulness for Two, pioneering therapist Kelly Wilson, PhD notes that humans don’t just suffer when things are bad. We also suffer when things might be bad. We naturally and easily devote mental energy, time, and effort into considering the…

Are My Boundaries Selfish?

The old thought tape is familiar: “What if it causes a scene? What if I’m asking too much? What if I’m being too sensitive or needy?”  It can be anxiety provoking to be on the edge of expressing your needs or setting…

Keeping a Routine When Life is Not Routine

I dislike the term “new normal” when referring to the current healthcare crisis associated with COVID-19.  I believe it is meant to give comfort to people within a changing world; however, I think we need to accept that at least for the…

Social Distancing and Your Relationship

Social distancing creates interesting dilemmas for maintaining healthy relationships.  During this unprecedented time it is important to remain open with your partner as you navigate boundaries around social distancing.  Below are some tips to keep your relationship strong both now and beyond…

Labeling and Self Esteem

Labeling is a large contributor to poor self esteem which is often overlooked.  Labeling within a behavioral health context means using a broad (often negative) term to describe oneself based upon one’s behaviors and/or thinking patterns.  Labeling creates an issue where negative …

Who’s Talking, You or Your Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders (EDs) can be difficult mental illnesses to treat, and come with a lot of internalized shame. This is often related to the inner conflict that accompanies eating disorders that can be different from other mental illnesses. Most mental illnesses are…

The Body is a Battlefield

The body is a battlefield. The logical mind acts as the commanding officer, assessing the risks, calling the shots, ultimately sending you out onto the frontlines. The emotions are there, lobbying for justice, for what is “right.” Much of the battle occurs…

Navigating Mother’s Day When You’ve Experienced Loss

When someone mentions the words “Mother’s Day” what image or memories come to mind?  For some, there may be images of giggling children bringing their mother breakfast in bed, others may have memories of the pressures of trying to find the perfect…

Alone Together

I wanted to try to be an “out-of-the-box” thinker and dedicate my April blog post to anything that was not COVID-19 related, but how can I ignore the abundance of topics to address regarding the pandemic!?  So, my apologies, but this is…

When Healthy Behaviors Become Unhealthy

Someone asked me recently how when I’m working with clients, I strike the balance between promoting positive, healthy behaviors and distinguishing unhealthy ones that are present in eating disorders. A solid wellness plan includes all aspects of your physical and emotional health,…

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