Trends in Mental Health 2018

Everything is always evolving. There are even trends in mental health. Here are some of the things I am seeing in my practice. Suicide is On The Rise It used to be that a therapist could go her whole career without having a suicide. If her clientele was low risk, she might not even have […]

Practice Compassion

Compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. It’s always effective to practice compassion when we encounter someone who is suffering. It heals wounds and spreads love. In the space of all that, humanity thrives. When You Judge […]

Life is Not A Performance

Have you heard the quote, “Life is not a dress rehearsal”? It’s a good quote. It helps people realize that this moment matters. However, life is not a performance either. You don’t have to go all out every time for everything to avoid limping through life. Let’s take a look at what I mean. Academics […]

To the Rainbows in a Black and White World

Hey, you beautiful, fully sensory creature. I see you. I just wanted you to know that. It can be tough for you to move through the world in a mindful, present, aware state and be surrounded by people who can’t see you, can’t connect, and don’t understand you. You’re not broken. You just speak a […]

Stop Leveraging Your Life

The current generation grew up with the idea that leveraging their life is the way to go. What is “leveraging your life?” Leveraging is a technique that multiplies gains (or losses). It’s often used with money or time. In other words, we trade money for time or we borrow money to make more money. In […]

Understanding the Kinesthetic Learner

The theme of the month is the challenges of the kinesthetic learner. I want to share because there are a lot of misconceptions about it that can be painful. What is a Kinesthetic Learner? There are 4 different styles of learning: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and auditory-digital. Visual learners experiences the world in pictures. They tend […]

How to Respond to “How Are You?”

Everybody gets asked “How are you?” many times a day, but how do you respond? I talk to lots of folks who hate that we give each other the obligatory, “I’m fine. How are you?” They feel it is meaningless pleasantry and yearn for something more. But what does that look like? Does that mean […]

Take Responsibility for Your Sensitivity

Are you one of these people who can just feel everything? You notice when there is a mood shift in the room. You pick up other people’s energy and can’t tell if it’s yours or theirs? You get down when you’re in the presence of people who are also down or just oozing their energy […]

Cultivate a Work Ethic

One of the most harmful ideas promoted in the 90s was “Follow Your Bliss.” It makes it seem like happiness is the reason for living and if your work doesn’t make you happy, you’re failing. You’re in the wrong job. You’re missing out. Maybe you’re even a sap for degrading yourself and settling for less. […]

Be a Fool

If you’re like me, you’ve heard the words, “Don’t be a fool” over and over throughout your life. I’m going to say something different now. “Be a fool!” Yes! An archetypal Fool. Another name for the Hero’s Journey┬áis the Fool’s Journey. Why? Because you don’t end up the hero, but the Fool. Being a Fool […]