The Mind-Body Relationship

2019-03-13T18:18:13+00:00March 12th, 2019|

I am often asked how I came to practice psychotherapy from a mind-body perspective. During my time in graduate school there was a minor focus on holistic approaches to mental health but it was definitely not emphasized. Mindfulness practices were also not mainstream as they were still in the process [...]

Life Is Not a Problem to Be Solved

2019-01-18T23:02:47+00:00January 18th, 2019|

“Life is not a problem to be solved, it is a mystery to be experienced.” - Rainer Maria Rilke What is the real goal of therapy? People often seek a therapist during moments of sadness, emptiness, fear, confusion and/or frustration. There may be a desperation to “fix” the uncomfortable thoughts, feelings [...]

Gratitude

2018-11-16T00:15:15+00:00November 16th, 2018|

I know it is a cliché to talk about gratitude during Thanksgiving but I am going to do it anyway. Thanksgiving is a great reminder to take a moment to acknowledge all that we have – all that is well and good. These may be simple every day things that [...]

Rigidity and Chaos

2018-10-25T22:56:00+00:00October 25th, 2018|

Daniel Siegel, M.D. often writes about the importance of navigating the “river of well-being” in order to achieve mental and emotional health. He uses the metaphor of a river, which symbolizes well-being, with two banks – one representing rigidity (imposing control) and the other chaos (out of control). Ideally, we [...]

Meaning Over Happiness

2018-08-28T18:56:09+00:00August 28th, 2018|

With anxiety and depression on the rise, I have been thinking more and more about what might be contributing to the decline of our mental and emotional health. As with any phenomenon there are multiple causes, but I would like to focus here on the difference between having meaning in [...]

Authenticity and Intimacy

2018-07-16T23:45:59+00:00July 16th, 2018|

If I only had a few words to summarize how I view my role as a therapist, I would say I am a facilitator of authenticity and intimacy. Authenticity is our ability to be our true selves, to connect to our own feelings, beliefs, values and desires. A young child [...]

Sometimes I Go About in Pity

2018-06-07T22:26:38+00:00June 7th, 2018|

“Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while, a great wind carries me across the sky.” – Ojibwe Saying I first came across this saying while watching an episode of The Sopranos, a captivating HBO series about a mob boss who has a panic attack and subsequently [...]

CAMFT Conference: Dr. Gabor Maté and The Myth of Normal

2018-05-10T22:54:51+00:00May 10th, 2018|

A couple of weeks ago I attended the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) Conference specifically to see Dr. Gabor Maté. This was my second time seeing him in person, although I have followed many of Maté’s interviews and podcasts in addition to reading his books. I find [...]

I Think vs. I Feel

2018-04-12T14:30:40+00:00April 11th, 2018|

  Several years ago, I led a codependency recovery group for women who had been in abusive relationships. Instead of the usual beginning group check-in, I decided to have the participants say only their name and how they felt in that very moment. As each individual struggled to find [...]

Clearing the Clutter

2018-06-07T20:23:56+00:00March 13th, 2018|

Every Chinese New Year my teacher assigns Clearing Your Clutter with Feng Shui, by Karen Kingston, to bring our attention to those parts of our lives that may be disorganized, stagnant or neglected. Even though the book is feng shui-themed, one does not need to follow feng shui in order [...]

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