The journey to healing and recovery begins with the inner realization that you do not like aspects of your life as it is today. It may come from a trauma, from dissatisfaction with life in general or your job or your relationships, or from not understanding who you *really* are and how you can truly heal your life.Read More
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"An abuser isn’t abusive 24/7. They usually demonstrate positive character traits most of the time. That’s what makes the abuse so confusing when it happens, and what makes leaving so much more difficult."
I’ve felt like this for so long and it never seems to change. I’ve been with a man for 6 years now, who always tells me when I make a mistake, that I don’t try hard enough. Every day it’s something new that I haven’t done right.
Early on in my career as a therapist I knew I wanted to specialize in trauma therapy. One of the trickiest part of doing this kind of work is learning how to avoid burnout. Once you burn out the recovery process is long, so you have to focus on what you need to do in the NOW in order to prevent burnout from ever happening.Read More
It's New Year's Eve, 2016 and time to make those annual resolutions. You know, the ones you will break one week from now? Or at least that's the way it always worked for me. The problem, I finally figured out, is that resolutions are typically based on the "shoulds" in life which are defined by everyone around you instead of by YOU. Life changes need to start deep within and be driven by a true and honest desire. A resolution to work out 3 times a week or loose weight (very common choices) or work harder or go to church or whatever likely won't cut itRead More
Elections are typically anxiety-provoking, but I have been blown away by the responses I've seen this year with my clients. Families are fighting and even fragmenting - it's like the Civil War. I've also noticed that people are getting sick and canceling appointments. Is this the typical year end cold, or are people actually getting ill over this election process?Read More
Depression affects 10% of people in America and about half of all college students report feeling so depressed at some point that they have trouble functioning. It's becoming the "acceptable" mental health diagnosis but there are still many misconceptions about depression and what can be done about it.Read More
When we see someone with something fantastic or a stroke of good luck, do we feel happy for them or envious because we want what they have? The angel on one shoulder whispers "be happy for them" and the devil on the other shoulder possessively yells "it should be mine!" Stephen Covey calls this the Scarcity Mentality. We've been trained to think this way since birth and it's difficult to step out of it. However with practice we can live in abundance. Read on...Read More