Talking Shop

Every industry uses its own special lingo to describe certain processes/functions.  Some examples you might be familiar with: Real Estate: Curb appealMedical: EventCulinary: Flavor profileEntertainment: CallbackFinancial: Cash flow In the therapeutic world, we have a few of our own: transference, projection, shadow, and, everyone’s favorite: “How does that make you feel?”.  Even therapists can poke…

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The Choice is Yours

Dr. Barry Schwartz wrote a book called “The Paradox of Choice”.  In it, he discusses how too many choices can actually increase feelings ofanxiety, depression, and loneliness.  I see the reality of this phenomenon play out in my practice all the time: college students wondering which major to choose, singles deciding which dating app to…

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Straight Talk

“YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HAPPY ALL THE TIME.  Life hurts and it’s hard.  Not because you’re doing it wrong, but because it hurts for everybody.  Don’t avoid the pain.  You need it.  It’s meant for you.  Be still with it, let it come, let it go, let it leave you with the fuel you’ll burn to get your work done on…

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Filling Up the Tank

It has been a cold and dreary February in Kentucky.  I’m beginning to think Mother Nature Herself is going through a bout of Seasonal Affective Disorder (how fitting that its acronym is SAD) given winter’s refusal to release its grip.  The sun’s brief cameos are quickly drowned out by a relentless onslaught of “wintry mixes”. …

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Changing it Up

After posting “From the Toys of Babes” last month, the words “You are your own Dolly Alanna!” have continued to echo in my mind.  I was speaking about setting intentions for the New Year; specifically, cultivating values (i.e. honesty) and feeling states (i.e grateful) rather than chasing the sometimes grandiose and unrealistic goals we’re conditioned…

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From the Toys of Babes…

Christmas is my most favorite time of the year.  I love everything about it: shopping, baking, gift wrapping, ornaments, Santa Claus, holiday movies, family sing-a-longs, and, mostly, the buzz of anticipation that starts as soon as Thanksgiving ends.  There’s something about all of the spirit filled festivity that makes me feel lighter, brighter, and more…

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