Why Meditation?

Meditation is all over the news and social media right now.  Self-care is the hot new trend, and meditation is the epitome of the self-care movement.  But why? Why meditation? What exactly does it mean to meditate and what exactly does it…

A Therapists Perspective: Cultivating Body Image

Many of my clients have long histories of unhealthy and complicated relationships with their bodies. Many of them have memories of negative thoughts and beliefs forming in childhood and early adolescence. Their body image distress was, and is, not created in a…

Living with Grief

A colleague at the grief center where I used to work would often say that “grief is a room in your house you should visit, but you don’t want to live there.”  He was talking about the challenge of allowing ourselves to…

Is Therapy Just a Crutch?

What’s so bad about crutches? This is what I wonder when I hear people refer to therapy or medication as “just a crutch.” Have you ever heard that reference?  What I think about crutches, I think about support. Broke an ankle? Crutches….

Living with Worry

Ever heard of the term “destination addiction?” It’s not a true chemical or clinical addiction, rather, it’s a common cognitive trap we can all fall into. It’s the belief that once we reach a certain point, we’ll find happiness, or once we…

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…

Anxiety Cheet Sheet

Understanding anxiety symptoms is one of the first, and most important aspects of managing these uncomfortable feelings. Your therapist may describe this first step as “psychoeducation.” The reason this is so critical, is because it helps demystify anxiety. I often hear anxiety…

Coping with Driving Related Anxiety

Some common symptoms of anxiety include both physiological responses

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