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To Tell or Not to Tell

Do you consider yourself an honest person? Is there something you are currently hiding? At any given moment, the average person is mentally guarding 13 secrets and will tell over 109,000 lies during their lifetime (unless you identify as female, then apparently you are slightly less dishonorable and will only tell 65,000 fabrications). The topics …

Lessons In Self-Love

Self-Love is defined as regard for one’s own well-being and happiness. It is not selfish, narcissistic, or even ego-driven. It is the product of respecting and honoring yourself. And just like all aspects of positive mental health, it must be practiced on a daily basis if we want to feel its impact on our life. …

The Path to Wise Mind

Wise Mind is a core concept taught in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). This skill helps us develop and bridge the gap between the Emotion and Reason Mind. Wise Mind balances thinking and feeling, reinforcing beliefs that we are more effective when we both think and feel our experiences. The Emotion Mind: Emotions control our thoughts …

5 Essentials for the Good Life

Someone recently asked me what I believe are the five most essential components to “the good life.” A concept debated to exhaustion by the greatest philosophical minds, one would think this would be a daunting question to even contemplate. If Plato and Socrates were unable to find a harmonious solution, how could anyone else? Turns …

Reflection & Response

As 2020 comes to an end, I wanted to take a moment to write about reflection and responding to the close of one year and the start of a new one. Granted New Year’s Eve may feel very different than previous years, feelings of hope, anticipation, sorrow, fear, and many others are still ever-present. If …

Two Simple Words

Of all the reasons one may choose to grab a seat on a therapist’s couch, the need to be heard and understood is never absent. All humans, no matter how independent and self-assured, are inherently social creatures. We possess a desperate need to be seen for who we truly are and to be accepted for …

Grief and Gratitude

This time of year often is filled with excitement, joy, and togetherness. But for a lot of us, it can equally be a difficult, dreaded, and lonely time of the year. Now more than ever, this time brings a complicated mix of emotions and situations as the holiday season looks very different than what we …