Stress Management

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

How to Honor Your Rhythms and Cycles

How to Honor Your Rhythms and Cycles

Just as nature circles round, with each season carrying its own tempo and rhythms, so do we. This happens on the level of biological processes, as we move through the phases of sleep or as a person who menstruates’ monthly cycle might impact their mood and energy...

Yoga for PTSD 

Yoga for PTSD 

I’ll never forget my first yoga class. I was a stressed out and harried grad student and decided to go for it despite considering myself highly uncoordinated and inflexible – the class was offered as a part of my school’s gym membership, so what did I have to...

Mindful Gratitude for Better Mental Health

Mindful Gratitude for Better Mental Health

Gratitude has become a bit of a buzz word in mental health and spiritual circles, and perhaps for a good reason. When we truly embody gratitude - meaning really feeling and experiencing it in our hearts and deep in our bones - we can actually reduce stress and...

Make Your Next Vacation Less Stressful

Make Your Next Vacation Less Stressful

I probably don’t need to tell you that taking a vacation can do wonders for your mental health. There is nothing like taking a break from your regular routine and responsibilities to help restore, rejuvenate and offer perspective.  I probably also don’t need to...

How To Get the Most Out of Therapy

How To Get the Most Out of Therapy

You’ve gone through the process of finding a therapist who is a good fit for you, and now you’re about to go to your first few sessions. Particularly for those folks who are struggling with anxiety and/or relationship challenges, know that it is normal to feel nervous...