Are Your Drinking Your Hot Cacao?

Are Your Drinking Your Hot Cacao?

For many, chocolate may seem like a guilty pleasure. However, you can have chocolate guilt-free while supporting your mental and general health. In this post, I’m going to explore why …

Excitotoxins: When Your Food is Too Exciting

Excitotoxins: When Your Food is Too Exciting

Excitotoxins can be found in commercial food additives used to enhance flavor. Acting as neurotransmitters, this class of substances are typically amino acids or their derivatives that, in excess, overstimulate …

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar is a disorder that causes someone to experience abnormal changes in their energy, mood, and ability to manage daily tasks. Bipolar isn’t just the regular fluctuations we all deal …

Social Media and Suicide Among Teens

Social Media and Suicide Among Teens

Digital media, including social media, became a centerpiece of day to day life at a seemingly exponential rate. Before I graduated high school in 2006, I remember many evenings spent …

Why Are We So Negative?

Why Are We So Negative?

Have you ever wondered why there’s mostly bad news being reported, or why it can be so easy to focus on the negatives in life? Humans, in general, tend to …

The SAD’s Impact on Mental Health

The SAD’s Impact on Mental Health

The standard American diet, or SAD, includes foods that provide a lot of calories but little nutritional value. As a result, people who eat the SAD miss out on important …

Dealing with Loneliness During COVID-19

Dealing with Loneliness During COVID-19

As the pandemic continues to unfold, many people are facing mental health issues. Even if you are venturing out into social situations, the vigilance that comes with having to be …

Disorganized Attachment

Disorganized Attachment

Mary Ainsworth’s work on attachment identified three attachment categories (secure, insecure avoidant, and insecure ambivalent/resistant). The development of the disorganized/disoriented classification evolved as a part of Mary Main’s doctoral research …

Mindfully Eating for Mental Health

Mindfully Eating for Mental Health

Practicing mindfulness during a meal can be a wonderful way to begin to incorporate mindfulness practices into your daily life. In this post I will explore some of the benefits …

Negative Self-Talk

Negative Self-Talk

Telling someone to be nice to themselves seems simple enough, but being kind to yourself can feel challenging when your internal dialogue is negatively focused. The concept of self-talk is …

When Sugar Isn’t Sweet

When Sugar Isn't Sweet

Do you have a sweet tooth? In the United States, the average person consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day, while the American Heart Association only recommends around 6 …

Self-Compassion vs. Self-Esteem

Self-Compassion vs. Self-Esteem

Has anyone ever told you to be nice to yourself? Self-compassion involves relating to yourself in a positive way and is different than self-esteem, though the two terms are sometimes …

Emotional Regulation with DBT

Emotional Regulation with DBT

Emotional regulation skills are important for maintaining emotional stability. Many people learn how to regulate challenging emotions early on in life, but for those who have not, it is not …

A Look at Attachment Styles

A Look at Attachment Styles

The way we relate to others has roots in our childhood, when our attachment styles are formed based on how our needs are met – or not met – by …

Meditation for Mental Health

Meditation for Mental Health

Meditation is an accessible and effective tool to improve your mental health, as well as other aspects of your health. There are many different reasons people practice meditation, such as …

Sleep Hygiene

Sleep Hygiene

We’ve all heard someone comment about there not being enough hours in a day, and sadly that can feel true for many people who have way too much to do …

Caring for Yourself During the Pandemic

Caring for Yourself During the Pandemic

If you log onto social media, you have likely seen the images of barren supermarket shelves and long checkout lines as people react to recommendations to keep their distance from …

Personal Boundaries and Why They Matter

Personal Boundaries and Why They Matter

When we talk about relationships in therapy, this almost always includes an exploration of personal boundaries. This may or may not be a new concept, but even if you are …

A Look at SAD and How to Cope with It

A Look at SAD and How to Cope with It

We’re in the midst of winter – during that stretch of time after the holidays that can feel like a desert of shorter, colder days. Maybe you’re a winter person …

Grief: Have We Moved Beyond the Five Stages?

Grief: Have We Moved Beyond the Five Stages?

At first thought, you may associate grief with death and losing someone close to you. Grief over the loss of a loved one is specifically referred to as bereavement. However, …

Understanding Anxiety

Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety and fear are a normal part of human experience. We all face feelings of fear and anxiety in situations like starting a new job or public speaking, or we …

Multitasking: A Lie We Tell Ourselves

Multitasking: A Lie We Tell Ourselves

  You have probably heard someone boasting about multitasking like it is a badge of honor, and maybe you have done this yourself. We erroneously believe that we can multitask …

A Brief Guide to Job Hopping

A Brief Guide to Job Hopping

A little background on job hopping… Job hopping, which is frequently changing jobs after a short duration, is a behavior that’s more common among younger workers. An Economic News Release …

A Case for Preserving Boredom

A Case for Preserving Boredom

When was the last time you felt bored? You may not recall, perhaps because you’ve been too busy to become bored, or you seek distractions in your spare time, or …

Financial Abuse in Relationships

Financial Abuse in Relationships

When you think of abuse, more overt examples may come to mind, such physical or emotional abuse. If you aren’t familiar with the concept of financial abuse, you’re not alone …

Caring for Yourself in Eight Dimensions

Caring for Yourself in Eight Dimensions

The eight dimensions of wellness are identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as the key areas to focus on for optimal living. The model is widely …

Are You Financially Avoidant?

Are You Financially Avoidant?

You come home and see the pile of unopened bills and bank statements, but instead of opening them, you move onto something else. Maybe you come up with a justification …

Family Financial Enmeshment

Family Financial Enmeshment

It’s a parent’s job to care for their children and prepare them to become independent adults, and this job is complex and multi-faceted. Part of becoming independent is becoming financially …

Less Comparison, More Joy

Less Comparison, More Joy

In my work as a therapist, and in my personal life, it’s obvious that people are seeking to enjoy their experience here on earth. What this looks like is different …