What Are Your Invisible Rules?

People make meaning out of things to help them make sense of the world. We all construct reality different. Our brains take in information and use whatever else is in our memory banks to decide what the information means. This process results in invisible rules. These invisible rules can either help us or hurt us. When […]

How to Get a Good Night Sleep

Sleep is so underrated as an indicator of overall health. When you sleep well, so many wonderful things happen in your body that make your body feel better, your mind work better, and give you the opportunity to feel more present and connected. Here are some of the benefits of a good night sleep: As […]

Is Anybody Normal?

My client’s are so insightful! They ask the most fabulous questions. One recent question was, “Is anybody normal?” I can see why she’d ask that question. We live in a society where it seems like everyone is on an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication. Lots of people report having dysfunctional families. Substance abuse abounds. Relationships can […]

Why Therapy Doesn’t Work

Have you ever wondered why therapy doesn’t work? Why do some people have problems that don’t seem to go away? Why do some people seem to get labeled as “noncompliant” while others seem to follow all suggestions? There are actually really good reasons why therapy doesn’t work. Here are a few: “Noncompliant” Clients When someone […]

What To Do When You Can’t Afford Counseling

Professional counselors definitely have their role in health and wellness. They give you support, teach skills, give you motivation and encouragement to keep going, provide interventions that improve functioning, and challenge you to move beyond your present level of functioning. But what can you do when you can’t afford counseling? The American Holistic Health Association […]

What is “Holistic?”

I was exhibiting at an event recently when someone came up to me and asked, “What is holistic?” Whoa. I thought that we’d moved into a time where everyone was aware of what it meant to be holistic even if they chose not to embrace it. Apparently I’ve been living in a bubble. For those […]

Dream Therapy for Self-Growth

I think everyone is familiar with Sigmund Freud and his use of dreams to psychoanalyze people. Most therapists today no longer use this tool; however dream therapy is still useful. The clients I work with often love to use their dreams as therapy because it is such a personal approach. There are two important things […]

A Holistic View of the “Highly Sensitive Person”

There is this new mental health diagnosis (it’s not officially recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) going around called the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). I’d like to present a holistic view of the “Highly Sensitive Person” here because I am hearing things about this spread by “experts” that are simply not […]

Are You Crazy or Do You Have Celiac Disease?

A few years back I received a call from a concerned daughter. Near tears she reported that her family was at the end of the rope. Her mom was acting erratically and was experiencing wild mood swings. One moment she was depressed, crying, and sleeping a lot. The next she was more enthusiastic and hyperactive […]

Avoid the Holiday Blues

For some people, the holidays aren’t a time of family, happiness, cheer, and feasting. It’s a time of depression, isolation, and headaches. If you are one of the people who have more anxiety than joy at this time of year, what can you do to avoid the holiday blues? No Comparisons One of the most […]