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 […]

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 Austin Community Grieves

The death of a young woman in the early hours of New Year’s Day in Austin, Texas has shaken the community.  Esme Barrera walked home from a New Year’s celebration and was murdered in her home – she was 29 years old.  Two other women were attacked on the same night, one in her home […]

Happiness

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.