May 29, 2020

I am a white woman. I am also a therapist. In this career I’ve had the opportunity to study the emotions of my clients; the process of what happens when they feel an emotion and the different ways they might respond. And one thing I know for sure (both from my own pers...

May 26, 2020

One of the concepts of a type of therapy called ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) that I have always found helpful is clean pain vs. dirty pain. Think of clean pain as the pain that is an unavoidable part of difficult experiences. The sadness that a relationship...

April 28, 2020

Burnout is the result of ongoing physical and emotional exhaustion from work environments that are stressful. Let’s start with a list of symptoms that are associated with burnout:

  1. Often feeling “keyed up”, or like you might lose control over your emotions at any mom...

January 10, 2019

Have you ever had the experience of a partner coming to you, really mad because you committed some (in their mind) horrible misstep that has really pissed them off? Most of us have. We put our foot in our mouth, we made a joke that hurt their feelings, we said we would...

October 2, 2018

Do you have a difficult time noticing and understanding emotions? Do you sometimes feel confused or even uncomfortable when others are talking about their emotional experience? You may even be in a relationship with someone who gets frustrated at what they perceive as...

September 10, 2018

Are you interested in starting a mindfulness program for yourself? If so, you're on the right track--research has shown that mindfulness helps to reduce rumination, decrease stress, improve memory, decrease emotional reactivity and increase relationship satisfaction. A...

July 16, 2018

The world can be a cruel place. It can often seem like everywhere you look, there are signs of people and animals being mistreated, abused or forgotten. The news is full of stories of tragedy and loss, and a system that can’t or won’t support the most vulnerable popula...

April 7, 2018

One of the ways couples counseling works is often by improving communication in your relationship.  But what kind of communication you use can have a huge impact on how effective this will be. I often use this little story in my couples counseling sessions—imagine ther...

November 15, 2017

If you suffer from panic attacks, you know they can be frightening, obtrusive, unpredictable and exhausting. You may experience a pounding heart, find yourself sweating, feel intense fear or anxiety, struggle to catch your breath and/or tremble and shake. If this sound...

October 9, 2017

Do you find that you and your partner get into a fight as soon as you walk in the door after work?

If you’re like many of my clients, you have a job that carries a lot of responsibility and you may be in life-or-death situations on a regular basis while at work. While h...

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