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Reflections on Clinical Depression Impact on the Home, Part 2

My previous blog on clinician depression looked at the financial impact depression is having on America.  What is often overlooked, or not discussed, is the impact clinical depression has on the home.  In this blog I am going to consider how depression affects the home and what loved ones can do about it. Living with someone…

Reflections on Clinical Depression Impact, Part 1

Aaron Beck, the author of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, described clinical depression as someone having consistent negative thoughts about oneself, the world, and the future. Beck referred to these three negative thoughts as the “cognitive triad.”  According to Beck’s theory, a depressed individual will have a poor view of his or herself that leads to universal…

5 Questions to Ask when Looking for a Therapist

The first step to change is admitting you need help, but unfortunately we cant blink 3 times and have a therapist appear! Finding the perfect fit can be daunting, so here are 5 questions to keep in mind when finding the right person. “Who do my trusted friends, family or church leaders recommend?” While favorite…

Emotionally Intelligent Neighbors

For over three decades Mr. Rogers taught Americans how to be good neighbors. Decades before Daniel Goleman wrote “Emotional Intelligence”, Mr. Rogers was teaching viewers about being an emotionally intelligent neighbor. I must admit, as a child, I did not fully appreciate Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, but as I now reflect on his work, I can’t…

Instilling Empathy in Our Children

Take a moment and think about a shift in your life. What transpired within that context to help you change the trajectory in which you were headed? Was it when someone blasted you with a lecture and reminders of ways you’ve fallen short? Was it when someone confronted you on your inward motives? If I…

Making Mindful Resolutions

Research shows that a large percentage of people make New Year’s resolutions and only a small percentage achieve them. Mindfully observing our life from a nonjudgmental place, will allow us to examine where we can grow and acknowledge where we have grown. The new year brings both challenges AND opportunities. With those challenges and opportunities…

Room to Breathe

My grandmother knew she was nearing the conclusion of her story. There was no closet, drawer, or Tupperware dish left unattended. She labeled lamps, saucers & “treasures” with various grandkids names. What used to be a storage closet now became a functioning tomb of relabeled boxes and files. From the looks of the curb on…

Tips for Talking to Family During the Holidays

For many, the holiday season brings with it a sense of joy and peace, recollections of fond memories, and time spent with family and friends. As enjoyable as these experiences can be, sometimes spending time with those we are closest to can be challenging. These are the people who may know us the best and…

I think I have OCD.

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m so OCD!” or maybe “You’re so OCD!”? The term “OCD” is often thrown around in social circles when someone is extremely tidy or a perfectionist. But, the reality is OCD can manifest itself through a variety of ways. OCD is a disorder that is not limited…

Human Being NOT Human Doing

At the beginning of the school year, there have probably been a few $100 bills that have landed in the hands of some lucky young people! Nothing like a “Benjamin” to thrill the heart of a student as they shop for school! As a therapist, the $100 bill has become one of my favorite clinical…