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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Impact and Reflections of 2015: The Year That Was

As 2015 comes to a close and you reflect on the last 12 months, I’m sure you’ll agree the year was filled with many powerful, moving, positive, frightening, and important...

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Making Simple Resolutions Last in 2016

In addition to the noisemakers and fireworks, it’s kind of a given that ringing in the New Year is supposed to be accompanied by a long list of resolutions that...

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Asking for Forgiveness

This is an important time of year for the Jewish people. It’s our New Year and a time when we look back and take ownership of our behaviors, with honesty...

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Ten Ways to Increase Self-Care in Our Daily Lives

As much as it resonates for us to encourage our clients to incorporate daily acts of self-care, it can often be a challenge for us to practice what we preach....

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The Challenges of the Holiday Season

It’s important to keep in mind this can be a time of great ambivalence for many people. There is a universal expectation that everyone can be or will want to...

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