Living Life Like a Song

Think about the last time you listened to a song you love. What was the point of that experience? This may be an odd question to ask, but let’s sit with it. What is the point of listening to music? After reflecting…

How to Master the Art of Coping

Life can present us with such sweet, precious moments. Sharing a laugh with a friend, embracing a loved one, accomplishing a challenging task, or taking time to relax. Life can also present us with difficult moments that can be hard to face…

The Myth of Controlling Our Thoughts and Emotions

There’s a popular notion in our society that we should only have certain types of thoughts and emotions. Namely, we should only have those that are deemed to be “healthy.” So if we have thoughts and emotions that are “unhealthy,” well then…

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…

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