December 18, 2017

When we hear the word "trauma," we often think of the big things: an assault, as accident, or the death of a loved one.  We often don't think of the "smaller" traumas that we all have in our pasts.  These "little" traumas can include relationship loss, job loss, betrayal, bullying, among other things.  These are called "Little t" traumas, and they can actually have a big impact.

Trauma, whether big or "little," changes how we see ourselves, and these traumatic experience...

September 22, 2015

Do you find yourself downplaying what is going well in life?  Are you overwhelmed by negative thoughts or worry?  Does this thinking bring you down?  Chances are, most of us living in today's fast-paced and judgmental society feel this way at least some of the time.  It's no wonder that many of us feel overwhelmed, tired, anxious, and/or sad.  Traumatic events and events where things don't go as we hope often weigh us down.  But it doesn't have to be this way: the strategies belo...

August 15, 2015

How do we feel when we can't see what's coming in life?  How does it feel when we don't know the answer?  For most of us, the answer is that it feels uncomfortable.  Sometimes very uncomfortable.  

We often have developed elaborate ways to cope with the discomfort of uncertainty and the fear that it brings along.  Several common examples of coping are: hyper-planning, avoiding/ignoring, or clinging and trying to control the uncertain situation.  While these strategies ca...

August 12, 2015

Sometimes when I mention "mindfulness" to a client in a session, my optimistic belief in this concept can be met with skepticism.  And understandably so: mindfulness has become a buzzword of sorts, with various meanings and associations circling around it.  However, from my perspective and my practice, mindfulness often facilitates the therapeutic work being done; what follows is a brief overview.

What is Mindfulness?

At the heart of it, mindfulness is about cultivating non-ju...

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