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In previous posts, I've mentioned the concept of subconscious programming, and why it is that we become set in our ways. Before the age of 7, our brain is in a state of theta, similar to hypnosis. Our parents, and later teachers and peers, create our "reality." By the age of 7 years, subconscious programming is complet...

Although part of coping with a depressed mood is riding out the wave of emotion, more importantly the rest comes from 'doing.' When we feel depressed, most of the time the last thing we want to do is to get up and engage in any sort of activity or task. However, the best thing for us when feeling sad, unmotivated and/o...

Although social media has become a wonderful platform to connect with loved ones, celebrities, journalists and one another, it also has it consequences related to self-esteem. During counseling, I often hear about experiences with cyber-bullying, or individuals feeling negatively about themselves as a result of compari...

Anxiety is both a physical and cognitive issue. Anxiety can plague our body and our thoughts -- leading to the tightening of our chests, to us not being able to catch our breath, to cycling negative thoughts. So here I present to you a specific practice to utilize when you experience anxiety, both in your body and in y...

It is very easy to get stuck in a pattern of negative thinking. Negative and distorted thought patterns can be unhelpful and detrimental to us. The next time you get stuck in a negative thought pattern that causes distress, ask yourself the following questions:

1. Am I falling into a trap of negative thinking? (i.e., ca...

As I've mentioned in a previous post, our body hears everything our mind says. I often hear clients talk about themselves in a negative way -- whether it be about their bodies, their intelligence, or their characteristics, to name a few. We get enough criticism from the world around us. Why should we be hard on ourselv...

How do you know which type of therapy is best for you? Approximately half of the individuals who call to schedule a session with me are looking for a specific therapeutic intervention or modality. The rest of my clients do not usually know what exactly they are looking for, but they just know that they want some sort o...

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