Self-assertiveness is a major theme in my work with clients. I work predominantly with clients with issues with eating, and it is very common for clients with these issues to "restrict" their emotions and thoughts, resulting in unwanted bingeing or purging behaviors. Learning to speak up for oneself is an important part of the healing … Continue reading Speaking up is hard to do: Reasons we struggle to self-assert.
There was nothing revelatory about Glenn Close's acceptance speech at the Golden Globes this year. She didn't say anything particularly groundbreaking. But the message hit me hard, and resoundingly so, as it clearly did many women in the audience, standing and applauding with glassy eyes. "Women, we're nurturers, and we do what's expected of us. … Continue reading We Can Do That: Women and the Pursuit of Personal Fulfillment.
I've never been a big fan of being told what to do or how to do it, and the holidays are no exception. There is a general societal expectation of holiday participation in a very specific way, and that seems to stand no matter how financially challenged or far away or introverted one might be. … Continue reading Not a fan of the holidays? Here’s four ways to make them your own.
In my fifteen years as a clinician, I’ve worked predominantly with adolescents and young adults. I’ve always appreciated teenagers - there is such magic in that developmental period of trying on many different hats and identity exploration. On countless occasions, I’ve had teenagers brought to my office by their parents, seeking support because their child … Continue reading To the Parents of Kids that Don’t Fit In: Your Kids are All Right.
I have always had a terrible sense of direction. In childhood and adolescence, I frequently had my head in a book while in the car, and never paid attention to my surroundings. When it came time for me to get my license at age sixteen, I had no idea how to get anywhere. As … Continue reading Focus on your strengths, forgive your weaknesses.