Effects of Emotionally Abusive Relationships

When you think of abuse in relationships, what comes to mind? For many of us, the first thoughts that show up depict loud, violent, and aggressive words or actions.  Emotional abuse is often a quieter form of abuse that involves tactics such…

Weathering the Storm Together: When the Winter Blues Impact Relationships

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a specific type of depression that follows a pattern corresponding to the seasons. This form of depression usually emerges during fall and winter when daylight hours are shorter. Those affected might experience symptoms like a low mood,…

Catastrophic Thinking

”What’s the worst that can happen?” This is a question we probably all have heard at some point in our lives, and may have given a lot of thought to, or maybe not much at all. While evaluating the consequences of events…

Supporting Fathers: Navigating Postpartum Depression Together

Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a mental health condition that is most commonly talked about in association with new mothers, but it is important to recognize that fathers can also experience this condition. The period following the birth or adoption of a child…

Pain & Purpose

Pain is an inevitable and natural part of life.  No human being goes through life without experiencing loss, disappointment or other difficult emotions.  When we encounter painful circumstances and feelings, we think of them as something negative and want to get rid…

New Year, New Me?

Talking about New Year’s resolutions becomes quite a hot topic in the last few weeks of the year. After reflecting on the highs and lows of the past 365 days, it’s common to feel motivated by the blank slate of a new…

Surviving the Holiday

The weather is cooling down, the days are shorter, and the holidays are right around the corner.  Inevitably, the holiday season brings new challenges to my clients as they navigate family conflicts, scheduling issues, and financial stressors that always come with this…

How to do therapy. A therapist’s take on a client’s role in therapy

So, I’d like to start off by prefacing that what I’m presenting in this blog is from my own professional experience and what I have learned from other clinicians. It is likely slightly different for each therapist’s style and structure.  Well, it…

Maybe It’s Grief?

Maybe it feels like disbelief, tightness in your chest, or isolation. Perhaps you’ve noticed increased agitation, irritability, and lashing out when you never meant to. Or maybe, you don’t feel anything at all.  In a culture that handles grief poorly, most of…

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…

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