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June 9, 2018

Are you as sick of this word as I am?

Today I woke up to the sound of my daughter saying, “…he was 61. He killed himself…” She was telling my husband the news of Anthony Bourdain’s suicide. I woke up to this.

No, I didn’t know Tony, but I felt like I did. I’ve seen almos...

May 9, 2016

Buddhist monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh speaks of the 4 Mantras of Presence that we must contemplate and act upon to experience love with another person. These mantras can be used in any love relationship -- between spouses, from parent to child, and with close frien...

April 11, 2016

One of the great contributors to anxiety and depression -- and potentially, to problems in our relationships -- is negative thinking. I see this frequently in clients who find the glass half empty, and such thinking tends to create additional problems in their function...

May 26, 2015

"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes... including you." -Anne Lamott

I love this principle. I preach it, and I practice it. But don't assume it's easy.

I remember riding bikes with friends when I was a kid. We'd leave home in the early af...

May 11, 2015

When we go through trying times in our lives, it's easy to lose sight of the good that remains. Practicing gratitude in practical, tangible ways can ease the sadness and worry. One example of this is the examen, a prayer popularized by the Jesuit tradition. The beauty...

April 28, 2015

Today I got to sit with a couple who come to therapy for the sole reason of improving their already beautiful relationship. I'm struck by how intentional they are, how deliberately they choose to work together in their lives not just during a crisis, but every day. It'...

April 24, 2015

When we find ourselves in a low, depressed place, it's good to get moving. For years I've espoused the benefits of physical activity for my clients who live with depression. And the research supports this: exercise releases chemicals called endorphins into the brain, w...

April 17, 2015

It’s finally springtime. To me, that means flowers, plenty of sunshine, allergies, and blowing dust out here in West Texas. But it also means new life, new beginnings.

It’s true. Every season has its ups and downs--the things I wait impatiently for all winter, and the t...

May 22, 2014

Grief looks different for everyone, and the process isn't linear. We take two steps forward and one step back. And the progress made today may seem to disappear tomorrow.

But have hope: progress is still happening, no matter how seemingly slight. The circular nature of...

May 14, 2014

Less than a month ago, I lost my oldest living brother to suicide.

It’s important for me to say it. To write it. It’s important for me not to be ashamed. Because I’m a mental health professional. I spent years studying and practicing. I work with precious clients every...

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