In Defense of The Player

Player: One who plays. Shouldn’t everyone be a player? There has been much written about the benefit of play for children but what about adults? Is there some unwritten rule that once we cross that threshold between child and adult we must be serious, mature, and responsible? Why is it that work, family, and other commitments [...]

By | June 9th, 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

Musings On Grooming

About two weeks ago, I opened my freezer and a bottle that I had on top of the fridge dropped straight down onto my foot. Trust me, it was ridiculously painful. The good news is that the bottle did not break. But, my middle toe ended up black and blue and swollen. Although it is healing, [...]

By | November 18th, 2014|0 Comments

Helicopter Parenting: A Bad Recipe For Your Marriage

You have heard the unfortunate statistic that approximately half of all marriages end in divorce. Yet what about the other half? Are they happy? This might not be the most uplifting topic yet it warrants discussion. In a Psychology Today article Child-ol'-a-try John Gartner, PhD defines child-ol'-a-try as "the worship of one's children at the expense of [...]

By | August 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Self-Care Made Simple (Sort Of)

Self-care is the process of nurturing yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually. Without self-care, you can become tired, irritable, overwhelmed and even physically ill and this can negatively impact your family, work and social relationships. You know the basics…get enough sleep, exercise, eat nutritiously, etc. You know what you should do and you are probably tired of [...]

By | April 29th, 2014|1 Comment

Nurturing Your Creative Self

It has happened to everyone, you are trying to solve a problem or brainstorm an idea and you are completely stuck and frustrated. And then suddenly, out of nowhere, while in the shower or in the middle of the night, the perfect idea comes to you. So in order to avoid those mind-numbing, head-banging mental blocks, [...]

By | January 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Anxiety = Happiness

What?! Yes, you did read the title correctly. Although, full disclosure, of course the relationship between anxiety and happiness is not that simple or straightforward. But I did get your attention did I not? I recently read "What Happy People Do Differently" in Psychology Today. And I thought it fitting, as a new year brings new [...]

By | January 8th, 2014|0 Comments