Swearing in Therapy + Leaving Your Mom Behind

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You know that saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder?” In the case of this blog, it’s true. A little too true, to be honest. I’m guilty of committing one of the 7 deadly sins of blogging: I’ve been MIA. Well, not entirely, but close enough. In a nut shell, my website was “compromised” in […]

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Suicide: Giving Your Pain To Someone Else

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“I know our time’s about up, but what do you think of (stylist and former model) L’Wren Scott’s death by suicide?” asks the counseling supervisee last week. We’re closing in on our “Rookie Review” session, when I resist the urge to default to: “Well, what do you think of her suicide?” Or “Why bring this […]

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Therapist Shaming: The Day 207 People Hated Me

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“Those who spend their time finding faults in others, usually make no time to correct their own.” ~Art Jonak This article addresses: hatred adult-on-adult cyberbullying the implications for youth how you can help end this toxicity The back story: I write for PsychologyToday.com. Last Thursday I publish a post about the importance of avoiding the […]

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Stress Management for Adults + Teens: Finding Calm In An Anxious World (Video)

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The bad news is American society is more stressed than ever. Stress in America “portrays a picture of high stress and ineffective coping mechanisms that appear to be ingrained in our culture, perpetuating unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors for future generations.”   Now for the good news: Stress and anxiety are highly manageable. Listen below and […]

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The Secret to Changing Rebellious Teens (Guest article on The Huffington Post)

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Whether your teen has issues with substance use, bullying, failing grades or running away from home, one thing remains constant: If you want your child to change, you must change first. And if you’re rolling your eyes right now — hear me out. Parenting teens is like parenting toddlers — you’re sleep-deprived, stressed out, second-guessing […]

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The Sleep Question You (and Your Clients) Need to Answer Now

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“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.”  ~Charlotte Brontë Sleep is the single most important factor in mental wellness. It’s the foundation for our physical and mental functioning. Unless you’re under 21, the direction of your day is largely dependent upon the previous eight hours. If I had to choose a single area of focus […]

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