Clear Seeing and Calm Abiding

2020-07-08T02:12:22+00:00July 7th, 2020|

I am returning to some of my favorite self-reflection books during these uneasy times as a way to keep centered and grounded amidst the chaos. Yoga and the Quest for the True Self was an obvious choice in the line-up as this book is filled with words of beautiful wisdom [...]

Walking Fully Through the Door

2020-02-29T00:00:01+00:00February 26th, 2020|

I recently came across David Whyte’s poem,” Vulnerability”, which touched me personally as well as inspired me professionally in my current work with clients. Vulnerability has often been negatively associated with the human experience. To be vulnerable is to be weak, fragile or small. The alternative, especially when viewed through [...]

My Favorite Things

2019-11-20T22:27:43+00:00November 20th, 2019|

I often find the best way to communicate a message or a meaning is through the poetic words of someone who already said it best. I thought it would be fun to compile many of my favorite quotations (from many of my favorite books) read over the years, which I [...]

Tears and Laughter

2019-09-04T21:56:24+00:00September 4th, 2019|

When my husband and I began dating almost 14 years ago, he gave me a copy of Kahlil Gibran’s volume entitled Tears and Laughter. A gesture that I often refer to as “the moment I knew I wanted to marry him” – a symbol of our shared experience of life. [...]

Mature Love

2019-06-25T21:45:45+00:00June 25th, 2019|

After my grandpa passed away, my grandma liked to sleep next to me during our visits. Those few nights resembled the slumber parties I would have as a young girl – talking late into the night about whatever came to mind. On one of those occasions I asked my grandma, [...]

Dropping Keys

2019-05-03T19:54:20+00:00May 3rd, 2019|

The small man Builds cages for everyone He Knows. While the sage, Who has to duck his head When the moon is low, Keeps dropping keys all night long For the Beautiful Rowdy Prisoners. Are you a builder of cages or a dropper of keys? I often think of this [...]

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 [...]

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