Should Artists go to Therapy?

The stereotype of the tortured artist is a persistent one.  We often think of writers as depressed, actors cycling in and out of rehab, and musicians struggling to control their impulses.  It’s true that past experiences, both good and bad, are powerful tools in creative work.  Fleshing out a character, writing, dancing, or creating music [...]

By |2018-12-12T14:43:59-07:00December 3rd, 2018|Tags: , |

How To Remember A Loved One

Fall brings up happy memories for so many people with thoughts of back to school and the crispness in the air reminding us of the winter holidays just around the corner. But for many people grieving the loss of a parent, Fall can be a slow slide into the hardest time of the year. Losing [...]

By |2018-10-26T23:22:31-07:00October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Get the most out of social media

The holidays are rife with opportunities to engage with social media. For many, Instagram and Facebook offer a fun way to share the events of our lives with friends and relatives. But for people who struggle with depression or social isolation, they can also contribute to mental health challenges. In a recent Huffington Post article, [...]

By |2017-12-15T16:15:07-07:00December 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

How to Manage the “Winter Blues”

Do you ever feel an overall melancholy as soon as the days become darker? Tis the season when the nights get longer, the temperature drops, and the sun retreats. This change in daylight and weather can leave you feeling down, having less energy, and craving carbohydrates more than usual. Some people refer to this shift [...]

3 breathing techniques to manage anxiety

We don’t typically notice our breathing unless there is something wrong. But breath can be a powerful tool in its ability to help ground and move us through difficult emotions. Moving the breath with intention around your body can have incredible results, especially if you struggle with anxiety. Below are 3 practices which use the [...]

By |2017-12-01T15:06:26-07:00December 1st, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Cultivating Real Gratitude

Holiday season is nearly upon us. Thanksgiving is the first and potentially most contentious holiday, since it was expressly created for the purpose of being thankful. If you struggle emotionally around the holidays, you’re certainly not alone. Giving thanks over food and drinks can be problematic for some, or maybe you are still feeling a [...]

By |2017-11-13T21:08:08-07:00November 13th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Go to therapy, even when you’re feeling good

If the thought of not using your therapy time as efficiently as your work time makes you nervous, you’re not alone. Many people begin therapy in times of crisis, when problems get to be so large and all-consuming that they need an outlet. Much of those early sessions are spent dissecting an issue, concentrating on [...]

By |2017-11-06T14:29:04-07:00November 3rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Using Anger Mindfully

Anger has become synonymous with political and cultural awareness, and outrage has turned into a defense against powerlessness. So the question is, how can you transform anger into workable energy? How can you mindfully channel anger in positive ways? Practicing equanimity in the face of what is happening today in the U.S. political arena and [...]

By |2017-11-03T08:17:06-07:00October 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |