SufferWell Tonic

I was extremely skeptical about how raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and raw honey would ever help me relax or sleep in a time of suffering. But I have to say, I was shocked and amazed! Sometimes we turn to substances like alcohol, marijuana, tranquilizers and sleep aids to help us cope with suffering but this can…

Mistakes as Teachers

There is no way you can learn any task or skill without errors. For example, watch children learning to walk. They literally learn to walk by falling down. Each time they fall they adjust their balance and try again. Each failure creates opportunities to learn. Finally, they learn to walk.  Mistakes are a form of…

Encouraging Words

Read from my private journal and learn what I say to myself during times of upheaval or difficulty.

Happiness Sutras

On September 9, 2020, I woke to a blood orange sky. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. Horror movies could not do it justice. I was totally surrounded by an alien, menacing sky and there was nothing I could do about it.   At first I was not sure if the sky…

From the Dungeon to the Palace

I’ve always been a very curious person with many different interests. As an undergraduate, I double majored in psychology and English literature. As a doctoral student, I completed the coursework and internships in two different programs: (1) clinical psychology, the assessment and treatment of mental illness, and (2) industrial-organizational psychology, the scientific study of human…

Craft Away Anxiety

In 2007, I worked as a psychologist in prison. My favorite inmates were the women in solitary confinement. They were by far the most interesting people I had ever met. Even though they sat in cages with plexiglass barriers, they were extremely receptive to counseling. Living in lockdown for an indeterminate amount of time, confined…

Crazy Sexy Anxiety

The woman in this photo is Kris Carr. She’s been living with a rare, untreatable Stage IV cancer since 2003! She is also the author of the best selling book, Crazy Sexy Cancer. In 2009 when I read her book, I suddenly realized that our society conditions us to believe we are victims of our…

Overcoming Anxiety: The Story of “Alan”

Many clients work with me to overcome anxiety. My strategy for helping clients is quite simple. When clients contact me for their first appointment, anxiety has completely taken them over. There is no longer a separation between them and the “anxiety.” Basically they have become their anxiety. You Are NOT Your Emotions: In the first…

Improve Anxiety & Depression with Cold Showers

In 2017, when I first learned that cold showers could significantly improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, I immediately began suggesting it to all of my clients. Exposure to cold is known to activate the sympathetic nervous system and send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which can…

What is Mindfulness?

Sometimes we get stuck thinking about a particular thought and it feels like we have no control over our mind. All of this brain chatter can be overwhelming and affect how we feel each day.  But if we really tune into our thoughts, we’ll notice how much they wander. We might be: Thinking about plans…