Acceptance & Empowerment: When Change Happens Deeply

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”  – Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person Upon hearing the quote above, some individuals question psychotherapist, Carl Rogers’s message. You may similarly wonder, “How does that work?” The idea of Acceptance preceding Change goes against much of theContinue reading “Acceptance & Empowerment: When Change Happens Deeply”

The Stress of Adolescence: 3 Reminders for Parents of Teens

CRCT testing. SATs. Final exams. Finding a date to prom. Passing the driver’s test. Do I trust them? Do they like me? How do I look? My parents don’t get it…. My teachers won’t give me a break. Grades. AP Classes. Group Projects. Sports. Extracurricular activities. Parties. Dating. Sex? Fitting-in. Social media. Graduation. First job.Continue reading “The Stress of Adolescence: 3 Reminders for Parents of Teens”

Daring Greatly [by Brené Brown] Book Review: Wholehearted Living Vs. “Culture of Scarcity”

In the month of February, I had the pleasure of reading Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, & Parent, by talented writer & research professor, Brené Brown.  I consider Daring Greatly to be a fantastic – and important read for anyone who has felt or currently feels stunted – perhaps relationally, professionally,Continue reading “Daring Greatly [by Brené Brown] Book Review: Wholehearted Living Vs. “Culture of Scarcity””

The Power of Boundaries for the “Highly Sensitive”

“Boundaries define us. They define what is me and what is not me. A boundary shows me where I end and someone else begins, leading me to a sense of ownership. Knowing what I am to own & take responsibility for gives me freedom.” – Henry Cloud in the book, Boundaries: When to Say Yes &Continue reading “The Power of Boundaries for the “Highly Sensitive””

Embracing the Elephant in the Room [ My Heart for Psychotherapy ]

You simply cannot ignore an elephant in a room, especially not in a small room.  Well, you can for a time. Maybe you take special precautions to sit in the corner of the room, furthest from its large flopping ears and gray trunk. Perhaps you cover your ears when it lets out a shrill trumpetContinue reading “Embracing the Elephant in the Room [ My Heart for Psychotherapy ]”