Parenting Your Adult Children

The 2006 movie Failure to Launch, a movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey is a comedy, but it shows one of the many issues parents face with their young adult children. Failure to launch is a known struggle when young adults remain dependent on their parents, and parents struggle when their adult children […]


Compassion and Support

Look outside! It’s that time of year that we all love. The birds are chirping, the pollen in the air is making us sneeze, and the days are becoming longer. The winter has melted away, but for some, the feeling of winter is still present. For some of us, the winter is a time of […]


Guilt: True or Toxic

I have often told patients that, “Guilt is the most useless emotion we have unless it leads us to change our behavior.” While this statement contains a grain of truth, it is far too simplified. True, guilt is the emotion we experience when we have done something wrong. It’s the gnawing sense that we have […]


Self-Esteem & Depression

We find ourselves living in challenging times today with many spiritual, psychological, and physiological struggles in almost every part of our lives. A study by the NIMH reports twenty-one million adults (8.4%) in the US have experienced a major depressive episode. While there can be many different causes it might be beneficial to address one […]

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Cultivating Resilience

Whether it is grief, addiction, a broken relationship, debilitating anxiety, or depression, there are parts of us that hurt so bad sometimes we do not know how we will get through another day. The ability to persevere through unimaginable challenges and trauma is resilience. Resilience: Many of us walk through life feeling overwhelmed. We begin […]


A Time for a New Beginning

Entering my office, you are greeted by a picture with a caption reminding us of an important truth: “What appears to be the end, may really be a new beginning.” We are often more focused on the year behind us than the new one which is beginning to blossom before us. Which of these can […]


Coping with Seasonal Depression

The fall and winter seasons have a different meaning for different individuals. For some, fall marks the summer’s end and indicates that cooler weather is on the way. Many love the fall season because of nostalgia, holidays, and new beginnings. While many identify the fall season positively, others define it negatively. When the leaves change […]


Yes, You Play an Important Part

Watching actors on stage bow at the end of a play as the audience applauds and noticing their exuberant faces has always touched me deeply. Knowing there had been many hours of collective effort, I could sense their camaraderie, feel their sense of accomplishment, and see their pride in being part of something bigger than […]

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Time Perspective

How do you manage your time? Most of us manage our day-to-day lives by hours and minutes of the day, functioning around times of appointments, when we need to wake up or leave for work or school. Time is important, but often it is not something we think about deeply, not only for how we […]

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School Anxiety: Parents and Kids

Back to school is a special time for parents and students. During this time, students focus their concerns on several things while parents have a list of their own. Students often worry about academics, social acceptance, or concerns about their own self-perceptions. Parents find themselves downplaying their concerns until summertime winds down, and then they […]