What is Radical Acceptance?

Radical Acceptance: What It Is and How It Can Help You For many of us, when we believe that something is unfair we tend to become angry, resentful, and blame others or ourselves. This can cloud our judgment, and perhaps lead to…

Validation in Relationships

What is Validation and Why Is It Important for Your Relationship? Validation is inevitably a skill that most couples end up needing in their toolbox at one time or another.  But what is validation and why is it helpful? The dictionary defines…

Media (Over)Exposure

I was tempted to begin this post with the cliché “unless you’ve been living under a rock…”, but I had to stop and rethink it.  Honestly, you probably could live under a rock and still be well aware of the tumultuous climate…

Thriving with Social Anxiety Series: 5 Ways to Succeed in Dating

For those who suffer from social anxiety, dating can seem like a daunting task! What’s meant to be an enjoyable experience oftentimes turns into a torturous endeavor! The inherit issue with dating is that, at it’s core, it is a social experience….

2 Things Our Dogs Can Teach Us About Happiness

Dogs can bring us hours and hours of happiness, whether by playing fetch, teaching them tricks, or just cuddling on the couch with them. The love and devotion dogs offer can often help us through even the most difficult of times. Not…

Tidying Up More Than Just Your Home

Part I You’d have to live under a rock, or not have Netflix (are those two really different?) to not know about “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” If you do live under a rock, I’ll give a short synopsis. Marie Kondo is…

Just Breathe, Stupid

Inhale while silently counting to 4.Hold your breath while silently counting to 7Exhale while silently counting to 8.Repeat. What if the simple act of breathing is the proverbial “chill pill” we’re all searching for? Well, there is actually some pretty good research…

What does my therapist mean to “sit with it?”

We therapists have the tendency to use a bunch of psychobabble and it may not always be clear what we’re talking about when we use certain terms. Describing emotional and psychological experiences is often abstract and can be difficult to put into…

Reducing Judgment

Judgment is a significant aspect of overall mental wellness that is often overlooked.  The judgment that we place upon our experiences in our everyday lives can color how we feel about those experiences as well as how we react to any given…

Understanding Mindfulness

Throughout my time as a therapist, I have worked with many people who have dabbled in the realm of mindfulness. A common thing I’ve heard is “it doesn’t work. I still felt anxious,” or “I couldn’t clear my mind.” I’ll admit to…

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