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 …

Money and Mental Health

Money and Mental Health

How is your relationship with money? If you’re like most Americans, the answer is likely complicated. In a 2015 survey by the APA, money was indicated as a main source …

Apps to Help Support Your Mental Health

Apps to Help Support Your Mental Health

In my therapy practice, I am often recommending phone apps to support the work I am doing with clients. Over time I’ve tried many different apps, so I wanted to …

Why Choose Online Mental Health Counseling?

Why Choose Online Mental Health Counseling?

Online mental health counseling is becoming increasingly popular as word spreads and services become more available, which for some raises the question, “why choose online counseling?” In a previous post, …

Becoming a More Playful Adult

Becoming a More Playful Adult

Occasionally during my work as a therapist, a younger client will mention something about how being an adult does not really seem like fun. I recall being younger and thinking …

Are You Really Practicing Self Care?

Are You Really Practicing Self Care?

There is a lot of buzz about self-care, in fact, it might be one of those phrases you hear so much that it starts to lose its meaning. In this …

Online Therapy Compare vs. In-Person Treatment

Online Therapy Compare vs. In-Person Treatment

As more individuals are opting for text-based therapy services through platforms such as Talkspace and Better Help, questions about ethical concerns and effectiveness of treatment have grown along with this …

Is psychotherapy effective for caregivers?

Is psychotherapy effective for caregivers?

Caregiver burnout is a very real issue when you are responsible for another person, whether is it a child with special needs, a spouse, an aging family member, or anyone …