Category Archives: mental health

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 […]

July 06

Happiness Lessons from my Dog

While perusing the bookstore, I encountered a book called “The Happiness Project.”  It’s a catchy blue color and looks fascinating, though I didn’t even touch it.  I did, however, pick up a copy of it’s counterpart, “The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five Year Record.”  I thought, ‘this is perfect!  For someone else to try… […]

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. […]

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 […]

Antidepressant Medication

A fascinating discussion among physicians on the efficacy of antidepressant drugs – to take or not to take medication for depression.  Watch the 60-minutes piece and read Dr. Amos’s response. http://jajsamos.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/black-and-white-thinking-in-living-color-the-placebo-antidepressant-controversy/

Humility

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 […]

Humor and Happiness

Humor and Happiness by Dr. Jim Amos.  A good read and a medical perspective on the importance of laughter and humor.

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 […]

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 […]

Therapy Demystified: It’s All in the Relationship

In the presence of darkness, we break, we wound, and we crumble inside; in the presence of kindness, openness, and love we heal with one another. When asked what my “style” of therapy is, I spout an eclectic mixture of therapies like “psychodynamic, supportive, and relational psychotherapy,” but I truly believe that the most important […]