Natural Remedies for Anxiety: Healing Crystals with Psychotherapy

Healing crystals are everywhere these days and that's a good thing.  While evidence-based research on their actual potency is lacking, what has been found to be true is that our belief in them is what makes them so powerfully healing.  As a therapist, I keep crystals in my office and offer them to clients who [...]

By |2019-03-26T06:51:31-07:00March 26th, 2019|Tags: , , |

How to Practice Gratitude

Practicing gratitude can have many positive effects on your overall health and wellbeing.  It can help you be more present, improve your mood, decrease anxiety, and allow you to have a more positive balanced perspective. Gratitude helps you realize what you have instead of what you are missing. It can help you feel more peaceful [...]

By |2018-12-03T13:19:31-07:00December 3rd, 2018|Tags: , |

Mindfulness and ADHD

Although it may appear at first glance that using mindfulness to manage symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be a fruitless endeavor, recent research studies have shown that mindfulness meditation can be effective in treating ADHD, especially in adults. Unlike many tools for ADHD, mindfulness develops your inner skills—it improves your ability to [...]

By |2018-01-19T08:57:56-07:00January 19th, 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: , , , , , , |

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: , , , , , , , |

Morning Mindfulness with Melanie

Have you been searching for ways to lower stress, increase mental focus, and feel a sense of calm and inner peace? By cultivating your capacity to observe your thoughts and feelings non-judgmentally and to be fully present in the moment, mindfulness meditation can provide you with the tools you need to reduce stress, enhance performance, [...]

By |2017-11-11T12:26:31-07:00November 11th, 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: , , , , , , , |