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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…

3 Tips to Minimize Holiday Stress

Crisp air, changing leaves, and seasonal decor is popping up all around. Somehow, the holidays are already upon us. For many, this is a season filled with joy and happy memories with those you love. A time that you look forward to all year. For others, the holidays are not something you get excited about,…

Heads AND Tails?

Do you experience extreme emotional ups and downs in your life? Or maybe you don’t, you prefer to live in the logic of life and avoid the prior mentioned ups and downs? Maybe you like to spend life as a committed optimist, everything is always “great!” or the staunch pessimist where suspicion marks your every…

Science Suggests We Should Unplug and Reconnect

Neuroscience has proclaimed humans are wired for relationships. For example, research indicates that cortisol levels, the stress hormone in humans, increases when someone feels lonely. Science indicates the elevation of cortisol from loneliness is similar to someone who was physically assaulted. On the other hand, the body releases oxytocin, which is often referred to as…

Treats not Sweets

The holidays are upon us.  That means cooler weather and tasty sweets.  I associate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even Valentines Day with lots of tasty, sweet foods, like pecan pie, fudge, sugar cookies, and M&M’s.  Except for the effects this has on my waistline, I love this time of year. Recently, I Google searched “sugar”…

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of intentionally living with awareness in the present moment without judging, rejecting or attaching to that moment. In short, it is the art of continually being present in the present. It increases a person’s ability to let go of ruminating over the past or fixating on the future. Mindfulness has been…

5 Ways to Connect with Your Kids During the School Year

School is officially underway, and each year can bring big adjustments for parents and children alike. As a parent myself, gearing up for the school year can be overwhelming.