Acceptance is an idea that I often bring up with my clients in therapy. In my work as well as in my personal life I often notice people suffering due to thoughts they are having about their current situation… more often than not those thoughts are around wishing things were different or thinking they should be in a di...

January 10, 2017

It has been raining quite a lot in the Bay Area lately, which got me thinking about weather and how it can affect mood and motivation. I personally have felt less motivation to get things done on these rainy days. I find myself easily distracted and avoiding items on my ‘to do’ list. 

Gloomy weather can also affect moo...

December 12, 2016

The holidays tend to be about family, friends and tradition… when you have recently lost a loved one or are newly separated/divorced from your partner, the holidays can be a very challenging time emotionally. There are many triggers to grief this time of year and this blog is aimed to help support you in finding ways...

November 28, 2016

For many the holidays are considered a magical time and might be something they look forward to, but for a whole lot of others the holidays can be a stressful and/or emotionally difficult time to manage. This blog series focuses on helping those who struggle with the holidays manage the stress and emotional weight tha...

November 22, 2016

The Thanksgiving Holiday is a favorite for many as it is about gathering together and giving thanks for food and counting the blessings that we have. It a great time to take a moment to think about the things we are grateful for… but what if things are difficult and you are feeling those feelings above all?

The last co...

October 25, 2016

One of the biggest challenges that couples face is being vulnerable with a romantic partner. Shame and fear of rejection often cause us to shut down emotionally, preventing emotional intimacy within the relationship. The key to a deep and engaged relationship is the ability to be vulnerable with one another. It can en...

October 18, 2016

Being Better to Yourself Part of therapy often involves looking at the relationship we have with ourselves. Often people really struggle with being tough on the

October 11, 2016

Being a Better Communicator

Communication is the key to a healthy relationship. Our style of communicating will inevitably have an effect our relationship. If you or your partner have difficulty communicating you may find yourselves struggling with intimacy and connection. Healthy communication is necessary in our rela...

September 29, 2016

There is always room to be a better partner to your significant other. Whether your relationship is at a high point or things are difficult right now, we can always find ways to be better to one another. Relationships are difficult and take a lot of work. Think of it like working out, there is always room to work on s...

August 31, 2016

Think about how it feels when someone genuinely wants to know more about you and your personal experience..

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