Anxiety and the Myth of OZ

August 20th, 2019   •   Articles   •   Comments Off on Anxiety and the Myth of OZ   
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

Are You Stuck in Uncertainty?

April 11th, 2019   •   Articles   •   Comments Off on Are You Stuck in Uncertainty?   
Are You Stuck in Uncertainty?

With every life event we can expect both opportunity for personal and/or professional growth and major/minor losses.  Confronted with a life transition we are met with unexpected changes and decisions on how to navigate a disruption in our life.  Tools for coping that have worked in the past may now be inadequate and perhaps detrimental to our emotional growth.  But what to do?  Challenged with that question and the confusion and/or uncertainty of choices can freeze us in a state of inertness.  In other words…Stuck! read more

Boundaries in Bloom

May 19th, 2019   •   Articles   •   Comments Off on Boundaries in Bloom   
Boundaries in Bloom

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

Changing the Narrative for Male Depression

April 9th, 2019   •   Articles   •   no comments   
Changing the Narrative for Male Depression

Depression doesn’t know any gender. Nor does it discriminate. It can impact anyone.

Unfortunately, there are still plenty of stereotypes and stigmas surrounding men’s mental health. While it’s socially acceptable for men to feel blue or down from time to time, that’s not the same as being depressed. read more

Coping Strategies for Relating with a High Maintenance Parent

April 8th, 2019   •   Articles   •   no comments   
Coping Strategies for Relating with a High Maintenance Parent

Some parents are overbearing, hypersensitive, needy and temperamental, in other words high maintenance. As a child, it should not have been your responsibility to manage the dysregulated emotions acted out by your parent. Now, as an adult, it’s essential to acknowledge that your parent is self-absorbed, and may also have a mental illness diagnosis, however, he/she is also a unique human being, with flaws and quirks like everyone else. read more

How to Get Off the “Pleasing Parent” Treadmill

April 10th, 2019   •   Articles   •   Comments Off on How to Get Off the “Pleasing Parent” Treadmill   
How to Get Off the “Pleasing Parent” Treadmill

If you’re like most parents, you want the best for your children and you strive to see that your children are well cared for and happy. A fine line exists, however, between doing what’s best for your child and giving into your child’s every whim. read more

Navigating a Path of Uncertainty

June 17th, 2019   •   Articles   •   Comments Off on Navigating a Path of Uncertainty   
Navigating a Path of Uncertainty

Navigating a 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