Category Archives: families

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 […]

25 Things I’d Like My Son to Know – The Good Men Project

I get a lot of solid advice and insight from The Good Men Project, but this piece by Tom Matlack really got me teary this morning.  Such a loving list of advice from Dads to sons and a reminder to women that men aren’t made of steel.  Nor should they be. I hope this brightens […]

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 […]

Happiness Lessons from Grandma

A quick update on the project Days 2, 3, and 4 for those of you who are waiting with baited breath.  On Day 2, Truman bounded onto my abdomen before sunrise, to which I said “noooooo,” rolled over, and went back to sleep.  He’s a fast learner when it’s inconvenient for his humans and he has quickly […]

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 […]

Miss Representation

Gratuitous cute baby picture of my niece, who will grow up to be a woman before we know it! I see a lot of women in therapy.  Most of them come to me with ideas about their bodies, minds, personalities, or other various features that are not true.  I usually begin with a discussion of […]

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 […]

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.

Holiday Survival Guide

The holidays are marketed as a happy time of year, and they may be for some people, but for many the holidays are a very difficult time.   The holidays are full of nostalgia and visions of a perfect family which can bring up feelings of loss and sadness for those who did not have idyllic […]