Tag Archives: therapy

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

Find Yourself Friday!

The Journey One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice— though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my life!” each voice cried. But you didn’t stop. You knew what you had […]

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 […]

How to Find the Right Therapist

“How do I find the right therapist?” I am often asked this question and would like to preface my opinions by saying that they are just that – opinions. Therapists are as diverse as their clientele and I presume that all would have something to add to this discussion, or perhaps an entirely opposite perspective. […]


I recently had coffee with a former graduate school professor and was reminded of the importance of humility in therapeutic practice.  Not only was I reminded of my days as a student, stumbling through the wide world of social services, but also of the power, will, and strength of former clients.  I was comforted in […]

Power, Privilege, and Therapy

Why therapists must be allies and advocates for clients of different races, religions, sexual orientations, sizes, ethnicities, genders, and any other point of diversity. I write this post after an incredibly fulfilling discussion among colleagues about power and privilege in the therapy room.  A colleague bravely disclosed that she feels that she should bring up […]


Who has it?  What is it?  How do we get it? Happiness is subjective for everyone, but happiness must be defined by every person in order to be palpable.  How does one achieve a goal without measurable tasks?  It seems impossible to seek happiness but not know what must be done daily to have it. […]

Happy New Year/National Hangover Day!

I joke, but it must be true! Hangovers can be particularly brutal because they can come with so much mental, physical, and emotional turmoil.  Most commonly, those who suffer from severe symptoms find that their hangovers come with lots of anxiety.  People feel badly about themselves, ashamed of their behavior, and generally feel negatively about […]

The Versatile Blogger Award

I’m flattered and delighted to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Dr. Jim Amos!  I would like to sincerely thank Dr. Amos for putting incredible thought into his posts and working so hard to keep people informed about psychiatric issues.  Dr. Amos is a true pioneer in bridging the gap between mental health […]

Parenting from the Inside Out

A great book for those of you who are looking for ways to be a better parent or working out your feelings about the ways in which you were parented. Take care.


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