1. Treating Your Depression

    Life is full of ups and downs, and there is no way to predict what tomorrow may hold. One day the sun is shining, and the next is cast in a gloomy grey. Depression can hit unexpectedly, whether you know the root cause or not, and leave you feeling like you’re swimming upstream, alone and afraid. When experiencing this feeling of desolation, every part of your daily routine is affected. Your favo…Read More

  2. Why I Want to See You Weekly

    "I'm feeling much better and I want to see what happens if I see you in 2 weeks. Do you think that's alright?" "I can't afford to come weekly. Do you think twice a month or once every 3 weeks will be OK?" These are complex questions. What is really being asked? How is treatment or the therapeutic relationship being perceived? A good therapist would be open to exploring rather than answering the cl…Read More

  3. Resolve

    Did you make a New Year's resolution? A fresh start. Goals. New year of reflections, past and future. I couldn't wait for 2016 to finish. In hindsight, I can't recall a time when I longed for a particular year to remain. Last year, I hired a marketing company to boost my cyber presence and business. Started a blog. Considered firing my supervision group and leaving my church, maybe even converting…Read More

  4. Being Unreasonable

    Fee arrangements for services have different significance for others. Since opening my private practice, I have heard various responses about my fee-for-service from "good for you" to "I'd never pay" to "Sounds great but I couldn't afford it." Interestingly, as much as I even received flat out insults from my own family ("I'd never pay for weekly therapy"), I didn't waiver to accept insurance or c…Read More

  5. Family Business

    "Your family seems rather normal," claims my therapist with a smile after my litany of complaints and reasons the holiday season sucks. I chuckled because she named my unspoken fantasy of the Norman Rockwell image of holiday celebration and gatherings.   The warmth of his paintings captures a comfort and peacefulness of generations around feasts with decorations donning the walls and fire mantle…Read More

  6. Celebrating Suicide Prevention

    The rates of suicide deaths have raised over the last ten years, immensely. This is an area that we are never excited to see growth in, and as a counselor, one that we do our absolute best to minimize. The month of September celebrates two mental health holidays that support the battle against depression. During the month, you will notice that there is both a Suicide Prevention Week as well as a S…Read More

  7. Childhood Depression

    Most of us like to think back on when we were kids and lament of how easy it was, the freedom of being young and the lack of real responsibilities. The truth of the matter is that young people suffer from depression and it is a condition that is absolutely treatable. Identifying depression in children can sometimes be difficult as the actual issue may manifest itself in a different way, such as an…Read More