Rachel H.

Making Friends with Your Inner Critic

Making Friends with Your Inner Critic

We all have one. You know, that voice in your head that is quick to judge all the things that you’re doing wrong. It’s the voice of “not doing enough,” “not enough” and “too much.”  The one that says you sounded like an idiot at that work meeting, or that you’re...

Handling Family Stress during the Holidays

Handling Family Stress during the Holidays

The holiday season is prime time for bringing up stress in our most important relationships, and for a lot of my clients, this shows up the most when spending time with their family of origin. Winter holidays can come with many cultural and familial expectations and...

Beat the Winter Blues

Beat the Winter Blues

As we head into the darkest and coldest time of year in the northern hemisphere, it’s not uncommon to notice a shift in mood, energy level and amount of activity in your schedule. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Seasonal Affective Disorder...

A Highly Sensitive Person’s Guide to the Holidays

A Highly Sensitive Person’s Guide to the Holidays

The holiday season is already in full swing, and for those who identify as empaths or highly sensitive people, it can all feel like “too much.”  What is a Highly Sensitive Person? Elaine Aron coined the term “highly sensitive person” (HSP) in 1991. According to...

Coping With the Unexpected

Coping With the Unexpected

My vacation in Yosemite was going along smoothly, hardly a hitch in any of my travel plans, and despite a rainy day in the forecast, only a little drizzle fell from the sky. I had hiked over 45 miles in four days, taken in some breathtakingly gorgeous views, and was...

Setting Kinder Boundaries with Yourself

Setting Kinder Boundaries with Yourself

Boundaries aren’t just for your relationships  with other people. The boundaries you set with yourself are just as vital and are essential for living a life that feels aligned with your values.  If you didn’t have good examples of boundary setting and...

Is EMDR Therapy Right For Me?

Is EMDR Therapy Right For Me?

Perhaps you’ve heard of EMDR therapy or someone has recommended it but you’re not sure if it’s right for you. You’d like to learn more about this therapy whose acronym you keep mixing up with EDM (not the same thing, I promise), and how it might help you. EMDR stands...

The Benefits of Self Compassion 

The Benefits of Self Compassion 

It’s not uncommon to come to therapy intent on fixing something about yourself or your life. You may reach out to a therapist expressing a desire to get rid of anxiety, stop feeling so angry all of the time, or get off the couch and into a workout program.  While...

Ease Back to School Anxiety for College Students

Ease Back to School Anxiety for College Students

If you’re heading back to campus soon and feeling nervous about it, first know that you are not alone. Transitions can be tough, especially for folks who struggle with anxious thoughts and feelings and tend to go to the “worst case scenarios” when thinking about what...

4 Breath Practices To Ease Anxiety

4 Breath Practices To Ease Anxiety

I like to point out to my clients, and remind myself, from time to time that breathing is something we are always doing, whether we’re actively noticing it or not. We might think of the breath as a constant, steady friend that we can always turn your attention toward,...