April 15, 2020

When clients come to me struggling with a general kind of mental malaise, a persistent low or down mood—also known as a mild chronic depression—or a general feeling of dissatisfaction with life, the "blahs" or even...

March 27, 2020

As we all struggle with our new and constantly changing reality of living in a world with COVID-19, I want to speak about transitions and especially how this may be effecting you if you're a highly sensitive person....

March 14, 2020

We're entering a new reality with the advent of the coronavirus or COVID-19. Our world is rapidly changing and this can bring on anxiety, more or less, for so many of us. While you're likely already taking precautio...

February 28, 2020

We all want to life a happy life, but sometimes happiness feels so elusive. In this Therapy Under Five video, I offer a few tips on how to connect on a deeper level with what makes you uniquely happy so that your va...

January 20, 2020

I was talking with a female friend recently who just entered into a new relationship with a man. How they met each other was unplanned but happened at a very special, fortuitous event. They are both basking in the a...

November 5, 2019

Especially if you’re a woman, if you don’t already have a satisfying and sustainable morning routine, I encourage you to develop one. Experiment until you find the activities and timing that most support your needs,...

October 28, 2019

I’ve never been a morning person. I’m a classic night owl. Growing up, my family sometimes called me “the Bear” because my morning demeanor was like that of a grumpy animal who had been prematurely woken up from hib...

September 7, 2019

It’s spring 2009 in Portland, Oregon. My partner, David, and I are nestled close under the covers with a laptop on our shared lap. It’s pitch black in our room except for the light pulsating from the screen.

We are w...

August 14, 2019

People seeking relationship help come to therapy thinking one of three things: (1) they think they are doing something wrong or feel they need to work on their personal issues, (2) they voice complaints about their...

July 1, 2019

Perhaps the most important thing I’ve learned about sustainable relationships is this: People have a tendency to confuse the need to work on their relationship with the actual need to work on themselves.[1]

Because p...

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