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How to Spot Passive-Aggressive Behavior

There was a time when the phrase passive-aggressive was rarely uttered among non-psychologists. But it’s a phrase that is mentioned often these days. The problem is, passive-aggressive behavior is almost so common, that it’s hard for people to pinpoint what that behavior looks like exactly. Do you know any passive-aggressive people? Chances are you do. But do you know the...[ read more ]

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Help Us Better Understand the Black Lives Matter Movement

Most human beings have implicit biases. And that’s okay, as long as we are aware of them and aware of how our attitudes affect others. In the United States, black people have lived through a long history of violence and social injustice. With the recent deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, the Black Lives Matter movement has organized many...[ read more ]

5 Strategies to Calm Your Anxiety Quickly

When you live with an anxiety disorder, any moment can become one that creates a slow-rising panic within you. Life is normal one second and the next, you feel your chest tighten and your heart begin to race. You may begin to hyperfocus on future events and find yourself getting lost in “what-ifs.” To make matters worse, you may then...[ read more ]

Cracking Under Social Isolation – Tips for improving your mental, physical & spiritual wellbeing

"All of humanity's problems stem from the man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone." - Blaise Pascal It's been five months since most of us have lived our lives secluded in our homes. What once was an amazing reminder of slowing down & "focusing on what really matters," has now begun to feel oppressive. Without our daily ability to...[ read more ]

White Racist Air

"The deepest expression of white privilege is that a part of our village is hurting, & they are forced to try to save their lives & for white people responding to this pain feels optional.” - Tara Brach I have felt the looming presence of this blog post. This felt heavy as I was active in the thick of realizing...[ read more ]

Emotional & Psychological Abuse – Physical Abuses’ Savvier Cousin

Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women. - Maya Angelou Due to COVID-19 & our shelter-in-place orders, I began to notice my female clients & patients disclosing painful realities about their home life. They weren’t discussing fear that their physical safety was in jeopardy. Instead, they...[ read more ]

Beware the Anxiety Virus – Tips for the Panicky & Worried Mind

“It is our duty to spread calm & connection rather than infection.” - Dr. Jud Brewer The past few weeks have been an anxious persons’ worst nightmare. Anxiety – similar to the coronavirus - is contagious. Social contagion is happening as we are consuming the 24/7 news cycle & our social media accounts. If we are constantly checking these outlets,...[ read more ]

Letting Go of Gracie

“Whenever there is a meeting, a parting shall follow.” - Happy Mask Salesman My beloved Dog Daughter passed away six months ago. Her passing was both tragic & completely unexpected. Having just come off another meditation retreat, what dormant grief I still had left, came flooding back. Below is the passage taken from my journal - somewhat altered (for reader...[ read more ]

Renunciation – Letting Go in Order to Gain

“When we are ready to let go, we will do so with relief. We will experience renunciation not as a death but as a birth.” - R. Gates The beginning of June I went to Cloud Mountain for my third annual Young Adult retreat. Cloud Mountain feels like a second home. I began coming to this Buddhist center in my...[ read more ]

Short Hair Don’t Care

“The woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” - Coco Chanel I love working on my private practice so much that it can be hard to pull myself away. On days devoted to this labor of love, I want to maximize every minute of that day. Which was why I began to resent the time it...[ read more ]



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