Taking Care of Ourselves in the Context of Traumatic Events

Once again, we are faced with horrific national events: mass shootings that are impossible to comprehend or emotionally process and reconcile. For those of us who specialize in treating trauma,...

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Hope For our Future and the Ongoing Need for Self-Care

I don't think we have ever been more challenged to balance the impact of extraordinary external and systemic stressors and unrest with an ongoing need to be arbiters of hope and optimism for our anxious, angry, or overwhelmed clients.

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15 Ways to “Power Down” for the Summer

As we continue to navigate social distancing and attempt to keep track of what the latest “phase” allows us to do, whatever else your plans include, my hope is that you use a good part of your summer to “power down.” 

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Getting Through the Holidays, Fruitcake, Mistletoe, Anxiety and Stress

Even though the malls pipe in holiday cheer, lights twinkle on houses, and TV ads depict families frolicking in the show, it’s important to keep in mind this can be a time of great ambivalence and emotional overwhelm for many people.

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Clinician Take Care of Thyself! Here’s How.

It’s critically important that, as mental health providers, we practice what we preach.

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The Holidays and Self-Destructive Behavior

The holiday season often sparks a time of tremendous vulnerability in clients — when they start to engage in self-destructive behavior. Understand why the holidays may drive people to self-harm,...

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The Message of Fall

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons; I always associate it with magnificent foliage.  As a therapist, it also occurs to me that as the bright green leaves of Spring...

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Six Ways to Take Care of “YOU” on Valentine’s Day

Whether you grew up in a dysfunctional family or specific culture that taught you to put your needs and feelings to the side, or you’ve been caught up in complicated...

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Getting Through the Holidays: Part I
Fruitcake, Mistletoe, Anxiety, and Stress

There is a universal expectation and cultural push to spend the holidays with family. Even though the malls pipe in holiday cheer, lights twinkle on houses, and TV ads depict families...

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Planting Seeds of Hope

I have often likened being a therapist to being a diligent and nurturing gardener. So much of the time we are planting seeds, encouraging clients to become curious about their...

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