5 Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

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5 Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

Do you find yourself setting New Year’s resolutions each year, only to forget about them months, weeks, or even days later? If so, you’re not alone. According to statistics published by Forbes magazine the average resolution lasts only 3.74 months. In fact, so many people will abandon their resolutions that the second Friday in January has been declared by many...[ read more ]

A New Season and A New You…

As summer winds down and you prepare to welcome the autumn season, I want you to take a moment to reflect on the months gone by. The transition from one season to the next is the perfect time for self-reflection and renewal. Many of us approach autumn as a time to wind down but I believe it’s the perfect time...[ read more ]

The Powerful Benefits of Forgiveness

I’m sure we can all agree that we have been hurt by the callous words or actions of another. When this happens, we may find it difficult to forgive him or her. There is a very old saying that says, “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.” This is a warning to people to not act out in...[ read more ]

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented talk therapy that typically ranges between eight to twenty sessions. Mental health professionals, including myself, use it to treat or manage mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety as well as emotional concerns, including stress or grief. It is one of the most common and researched forms of psychotherapy. Research indicates...[ read more ]

Embracing Joy

2023 and the pursuit of joy! This year I have decided to invite more joy into my life. This is not an easy feat considering the innumerable stressors we face each new waking day; However, I believe it is necessary to look for joy in spite of the difficulties we may encounter. Joy is a choice and we must be...[ read more ]

Seasonal Affective Disorder…

Autumn, Fall leaves

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), refers to a type of depression that is recurrent and seasonally dependent. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) it is also referred to as Major Depressive Disorder with seasonal pattern. Most people with SAD feel symptoms come on in the fall and generally feel them all through the winter months. Symptoms, which...[ read more ]

The Power of Vulnerability

We live in a society that rewards those with boldness. We are taught from a young age that it’s good to face our fears, for doing so is often the catalyst for powerful and lasting change. And yet, how many of us allow ourselves to be vulnerable? Think of the amount of courage it takes to allow yourself to be...[ read more ]

Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season

Holiday stress, Christmas

For many people, Christmas and the holiday season are a happy and joyous time, enriched by reuniting with family and friends. But year's end can also be very stressful. For a variety of reasons, many of us find ourselves alone for the holidays. If you find yourself in this position, consider what you might do to make the most of...[ read more ]

How To Navigate Challenging Life Transitions

When we’re young, life transitions are fun and empowering. We go from crawling to walking, walking to running. We start with training wheels but soon no longer need them. As we age we graduate into higher grades and become more independent. But as adults, life transitions can feel not so fun and far from empowering, because life transitions can often...[ read more ]

Celebrating BIPOC Mental Health Month

July is BIPOC mental health month. The event was established in 2008 as the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in an effort to create awareness of the unique struggles faced by underrepresented groups in the United States. Campbell was an author, teacher, and mental health advocate with a mission to shine a light on the mental...[ read more ]