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…

Detached Mindfulness: A Path to Inner-Peace

Most of us have heard of the term “mindfulness” as a good strategy to deal with depression, anxiety, and other emotional difficulties. In this article I will teach you about a very specific form of mindfulness called “Detached Mindfulness.” By using it…

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….

Rediscovering Yourself Following An Abusive Relationship

After an abusive relationship ends, whether long term or short term, it can be difficult for people to rediscover who they are and what they like. Generally speaking most relationships where abuse is present can leave the survivor of abuse unsure of…

Nurturing Yourself through Self-Compassion

Take a moment to think about a recent failure, mistake, or decision that did not turn out like you had expected.  Next, see if you can replay the internal dialogue that took place as a result in your mind’s eye and write…

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…

Mindfulness: How to manage unpleasant emotions and be more present

Mind Chatter and Mindlessness Have you ever been driving and not be able to remember part of the drive or completely spaced out on how you arrived at your destination because you were so lost in your own thoughts? Our mind can…

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