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The Bright Side Of Our Dark Side: (Part 4) Fear

Welcome to part four of my six part series where each week we will talk about the upside of what are generally referred to as negative emotions. These are emotions that are uncomfortable, that we attempt to deny and avoid at all costs. Yet as humans we cannot live in a state of constant bliss. And [...]

By | April 14th, 2015|0 Comments

The Bright Side Of Our Dark Side: (Part 2) Anger

Welcome to part two of my six part series where each week we will talk about the upside of what are generally referred to as negative emotions. These are emotions that are uncomfortable, that we attempt to deny and avoid at all costs. Yet as humans we cannot live in a state of constant bliss. And [...]

By | March 31st, 2015|0 Comments

Self-Compassion: The New Self-Esteem

Often in my work, I encounter clients who downright have minuscule self-esteem. Their inner dialogue is nothing but a negative, critical soliloquy. And the question always arises, "How am I suppose to build my self-confidence?" And that is a difficult question indeed. Just how are we suppose to feel good about ourselves in a world of [...]

By | January 20th, 2015|1 Comment

Let It Go

No, I am not talking about the Disney movie, although I do apologize if you suddenly have that song stuck in your head. I am talking about all the past hurts you have experienced, the wrongs done to you, the unrealistic expectations, the bad habits, the illogical thoughts, the unhealthy relationships. It is human nature to [...]

By | January 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Be Happy: Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

Happy New Year! As usual at this time of year, I am sure that you have thought about what you would like the year ahead to look like, what changes you would like to make. Think about your resolutions. Are your resolutions what you really want to do or are they what you think you "should" [...]

By | January 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Holidays And The Family: War Or Peace

The holidays are approaching and that means oh @#it family time! While the holidays can be a time of great joy, they can also be a time of great stress. No family is perfect and no matter how “normal” your family is there is bound to be some crazy here and there. Why is it that [...]

By | November 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Grief In The Time Of Social Media

A friend of mine asked me to write this post, as, in response to the recent deaths of two people in the Chicago theater community, her social media feed was filled with condolences to the family and memories of the ones who died. So we're going to talk about social media and grief. Like it or [...]

By | October 14th, 2014|0 Comments

Positive Thinking: Overrated?

We have all heard the tale of the Little Engine That Could. We have all heard, from friends, family, the media, our therapists, how positive thinking can have positive implications for all life areas including work performance, goal achievement, marital satisfaction, emotional health, and even physical health. I work with clients all the time on changing [...]

By | August 26th, 2014|0 Comments