Springing Back, Moving Forward

Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe A year ago, when we started to shelter in place, you could see the rise in certain activities—people doing home and yard projects […]

One is More than Zero

Dealing with daily mental health among responsibilities to jobs, family and self is hard enough.  With COVID continuing for an unforeseen period of time, depression and anxiety are on the rise in adults of all ages. Interestingly, adults with a diagnosis of depression or with ongoing depressive-like symptoms have a 64% greater risk of developing […]

Covid-19 Parenting

Parents are facing more uncertainty, challenging decisions, and stress than any other school year with little to no information about what the world will look like in two, three, or even six months from now. Most parents have been tasked with making a decision between distant or hybrid learning that will eventually transition into full-time. […]

The Year of Grace

Finding peace within the storm is always easier said than done. The old saying, “dance in the rain,” is easy if you’re a young child with red colored rain boots, a bright yellow rain jacket, no financial concerns, no health or employment concerns, no isolation, and a safe warm loving home to dry off in. […]

New Year’s Resolutions and Nutrition

HAPPY NEW YEAR!… PLUS ONE MONTH AND A HANDFUL OF DAYS THE MAGIC OF NEW YEARS When thinking of New Year’s resolutions many of us focus on what we can do to improve our health. Whether we are unhappy with our weight, dealing with a chronic condition, or generally think we would benefit from being […]

Pass the Crayons!

According to a recent article in AARP Magazine, “Coloring for adults is not just fun and nostalgic; it’s also good for your health” says clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis. In my practice using therapeutic art practices, I also find that clients report a more relaxed state after their session and an easier time expressing themselves verbally. […]

What is Art Therapy and How Can it Help if I Have Depression or Anxiety Symptoms?

The American Art Therapy Association describes art therapy as “a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.” It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts […]

Compliments that Stick!

  We all know that our speech affects our kids. Obviously, If we constantly told kids that they are dumb or clumsy, we would disrupt their ability to gain confidence and ultimately they could grow to be more “dumb or clumsy”, not reaching their potential. So we know we aren’t supposed to be negative, but […]