Boundaries in Bloom

May 19th, 2019   •   Articles   •   no comments   

Leslie came across as a pleasant older woman. She was small in stature, slender and well dressed.  She pensively walked into my office with a gentle shyness which revealed that she had a sensitive nature. With tea in hand, Leslie and I entered my office and we immediately assumed our positions as therapist and client. After a little small talk and some necessary pretreatment conversation, Leslie disclosed that she was seeking therapy to satisfy the stipulations of her probation. read more

How to Navigate a Path of Uncertainty

June 17th, 2019   •   Articles   •   no comments   
How to Navigate a Path of Uncertainty

Navigating the Path of Uncertainty

There I was living my life with a false sense of security…I had my Act together…or so it seemed!   Though the door to my inner world was creaking and showed signs of wear, I was lulled by the fact the hinges still functioned and I could shut out the world when needed.  When open for community business, I was all frozen smiles and fragile confidence, but behind my psychic door I was dog paddling in a pool of anxiety, regrets, and resentments.  Then came the pivotal moment when the mental games no longer worked and I stood in the doorway of uncertainty; confronted with the absurdity of my actions.  I couldn’t duct tape the hinges together any longer and I broke.  Just hanging onto the door jamb of my sanity was all I could do.  Internal voices pelted me with my greatest fear “I’ve lost control!”  The eyes of family, friends told the story of hurt and disappointment, and the ultimate judgement, “she’s come unhinged”. read more

Anxiety and the Myth of OZ

August 20th, 2019   •   Articles   •   no comments   
Anxiety and the Myth of OZ

Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences.  In fact, anxiety is a positive condition in some situations, because it prepares our bodies to be alert and responsive when action is required. When we are new to a situation, we are often filled with anxiety and excitement to be ready for whatever comes next. This response becomes evident when we are faced with issues such as a need to make an important decision, public speaking, or taking an exam.  Furthermore, anxiety helps keep us safe when confronted with a dangerous situation.  But when anxiety is chronic and overwhelming, and the distress interferes with our ability to function and lead a normal life then an Anxiety Disorder is most likely in play. read more