Dealing with Family Estrangement

Women’s Issues

Dealing with Family Estrangement

Have you limited your communication and interactions with a family member, or stopped them entirely? If so, you’re not alone. According to statistics published by Psychology Today, over 25% of the U.S. population is currently estranged from a family member, and more than 43% have experienced family estrangement at some point during their lives. In many cases, estrangement is necessary,...[ read more ]

How to Build Healthy Relationships

The importance of having positive friendships in your life cannot be overstated. Healthy friendships can help you feel happier and more self-confident, reduce your stress levels, and prevent you from feeling lonely or isolated. When times are good, friends can help you celebrate. And when times are bad, they can help pick you up and provide a kind shoulder to...[ read more ]

Taming the Inner Critic

Every single human being has two voices battling it out inside their head. The one voice is our champion, encouraging us to feel confident and to reach our fullest potential. Then there’s that other voice. The one that is critical of every move we make. The one that looks at all of our perceived flaws under a microscope and calls...[ 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 ]

How Low Self-Esteem Affects Your Mental Health

Struggling with low self-esteem is something many people of all ages deal with. While low self-esteem is not considered a mental health condition itself, the way we think about ourselves directly impacts our mental health and overall well-being.   What is Self-Esteem? Self-esteem refers to the way people feel about themselves. Someone with a healthy or high self-esteem thinks positively...[ 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 ]

Stress’s Physiological Impact on the Body

Stress affects us all. At times we may find ourselves inundated by copious amounts of stressful situations including living on a tight budget, navigating difficult relationships, or feeling stuck in a job that is less than rewarding. The old saying goes, “Into every life a little rain must fall”; However, learning how to manage stress is key to mitigating negative...[ read more ]

Identifying and Managing Burnout

Stress is an unavoidable part of life. We may find ourselves dealing with far too many responsibilities at the same time. Whether it is working more than one job, sandwiched between taking care of young children and aging parents, or managing family life while going back to school. All of these are good things until it starts to feel a...[ read more ]