Category Archives: depression

What is Co-Narcissism?

If you’re having an, “oh great, one more thing to worry about” response to the unfamiliar word “Co-Narcissism,” you’re not alone. I am not a proponent of inventing and loosely wielding new psychological problems, diagnoses, and concerns for people seeking help and understanding through their interpersonal conflicts, low self-esteem, and a myriad of other problems […]

Robert Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions May 21

Three Essential Facts About Feelings

A great, simple, left-brained introduction to the neurobiology of emotions! Worth a watch and further investigation if you are curious. The Theory of Emotion, Robert Plutchik Can’t find the right word to express yourself?  Use these Feeling Words for guidance! And don’t be scared of a dramatically illustrated cartoon image to help you out…

Frida Kahlo on Pain

Illustration by John Lyttle This interesting (therapy-related) portrayal of one of Frida Kahlo’s famous quotes about living with and processing her pain caught my attention today. The original quote reads: “I drank to drown my pain, but the damned pain learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good behavior.” […]

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A Valentine’s Day Must-Watch!

International author, therapist, and speaker Esther Perel always offer a diverse perspective on relationships, sex, and “erotic intelligence” so I was excited to see her featured on the Ted website.  Her Ted Talk, entitled “Esther Perel: The secret to desire in a long-term relationship,” offers a short refresher course on the origins of relationships, attraction, […]

The Therapeutic Alliance

Big thanks to Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D. for writing this great article!  It deserves a re-blog because it discusses a central and essential element of therapy that is often misunderstood: the relationship between the therapist and client. The Therapeutic Alliance: The Essential Ingredient for Psychotherapy Take care, Elena

palm trees November 18

Stop Stressing! You have permission :)

Stop Stressing! You have permission :) Thank you @ariannahuff

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Fitting in (or not)

Let me just start by saying I’m a HUGE fan of listening instead of reading if I have the choice.  I love podcasts, audio-books, music, and I probably chose a career that requires listening because it’s how I prefer to spend my days. Don’t get me wrong; reading is very important and is a daily requirement […]

Maya Angelou on Life Lessons

In searching for inspiration this morning, I stumbled upon a quote by Maya Angelou, one of my personal heroes.  In an effort to “throw something back,” I’ve shared it today.  This is my reminder that nothing is permanent, to live with an open heart and an open mind, to hug someone every day, and to […]

What’s the Use in Being Sad?

One of the most common questions asked in therapy is, “why should I be sad when I can be happy?”  There are variations to this question like, “why would I want to focus on my difficult past when I can move forward and not be in pain?”  Or, “I don’t want to suffer anymore.  I […]

Brené Brown’s TED Talks

Two Must Watch Videos: Brene Brown – The Power of Vulnerability and Listening to Shame I became an official Brene Brown fan when she bravely addressed the seemingly “non-scientific” subject of vulnerability using evidence-based research and her own personal experience during the 2011 Ted Talks with “The Power of Vulnerability.”  My appreciation for her has only intensified […]


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