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I haven’t been sleeping well. It happens occasionally, often what I refer to as an “Early Warning Sign” of something I need to address in my life. Stress, slipping into poor habits, not taking good care of myself. But this has felt different. This isn’t just a night or two; it’s bigger. There’s something about […]

It’s Been a Year

March 19, 2021

It saddens me to be writing this. If I weren’t so tired, my soul might actually be weeping tears of profound sadness. Instead, I have settled for weary resignation of the way things are and a diluted sense of grief for how they used to be. Most days, I don’t know if I’m bored, overworked, […]

In the Words of Viktor Frankl

October 11, 2020

Sakura Every spring, the Japanese cherry trees bloom. It’s a ravishing sight really. People travel from across the world to witness this brief spectacle. The trees are heavy and dripping with luscious, pale pink blossoms, the accumulation of which paints like an explosion of down feathers. Cast against the blue sky and lush green grass, […]

And the Sakura Sings

August 21, 2020

Most people have no idea what to expect when they walk in to see a therapist for the first time. Anxiety often builds up in anticipation of the therapy experience – at least initially. The American Psychological Association has found that media portrayals can influence how people perceive therapists and the therapy experience as a […]

Hello, Pain. Meet Your Therapist.

July 18, 2020

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Depression and anxiety are sisters. They like to hang out together much of the time. Sometimes they even look alike. Depression brings with her hopelessness, sadness and a loss of interest and motivation. Anxiety brings with her irrational fear and dread, excessive worry and nervousness. Both are isolating and dark. They both contribute to irritability. […]

Depression and Anxiety: A Modern-Day Epidemic?

February 16, 2020

It’s 2019, and the stigma around mental health continues. The words alone are cringeworthy: ”mental health.” Or worse: “mental illness.”  You might as well be saying “crazy” or “psychotic.” The one who suffers must surely look the part. Disheveled. Detached from reality. Mumbling nonsensicalities and gibberish. Why do these misconceptions about mental health persist? The […]

Mental Health Stigma: Matters of the Mind

October 27, 2019

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The Hallmark channel begins airing Christmas movies in October. You know the ones. A wholesome, simple-minded country bumpkin meets a cold-hearted city executive and persuades them to fall in love with Christmas. A predictable succession of hot cocoa drinks and Christmas tree farms follows. There may be a very slight climax where the urbanite returns […]

Have the Hap, Hap, Happiest Christmas

November 17, 2018