Life, Death and The Space Between

THERAPY: GO FOR THE CRISIS, STAY FOR THE GROWTH

“Everything is great and THAT is why I am here!” Said nobody ever when they walked through my office door. Nor do they claim, “I want to learn more about myself and continue on this path!!” Typically, crisis is what brings us to therapy when we can no longer continue with our own status quo. Usually, you…

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MAKE YOUR RESOLUTIONS STICK, LEARN TO URGE SURF

Happy New Year!! When I can tear myself away from Chicago, I love to vacation near an ocean. I find the waves completely captivating, although I probably should be paying more attention to my kids, who are swimming in those swells. Every seven seconds and with nothing to stop them. The waves, I mean, and,…

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PUT ON A HAPPY FACE… FOR YOUR HOLIDAY CARD

AHH, ‘tis the season. The time to mail your holiday cards with your amazing looking children, partners, and of course, perfect animals. I relish in getting these cards; enjoying how family and friends are doing – seeing it first hand. That said, I do not send my own cards.  Part of my reason is sheer…

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HOW VULNERABLE ARE YOU?

My friend’s son was shot and killed last year on the streets of Chicago.  The violence that I was so easily distancing myself from had finally touched me…directly. As a mother,  but also a therapist, I was desperate to understand. The pain of this tragedy shook me to my very core.  The manner in which her…

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HOW WE MIGHT BE MISUNDERSTANDING HAPPINESS

One could say happiness is just a series of happy moments strung together, surrounded by a range of other experiences. Everyone wants to be happier; to “get to” happiness, as though it’s the final destination. Have we been led to believe that happiness is like the end of the Candyland board where your world is…

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A FAIL FREE METHOD TO REACHING YOUR GOALS

Have you ever struggled to reach a goal? Such as, losing 20 lbs, saving money, looking for a new job, giving up a habit, like smoking, drinking, you name it. I’m not suggesting it’s easy.  I really don’t think it is; but perhaps it’s easier than we think. This analogy has often helped me reconsider…

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A WORKOUT FOR YOUR MIND

  Many of us spend time exercising. We talk about strengthening our core to better support our back, working on our biceps and triceps, hamstrings and quads.  We begin to break down our muscles to start to build them back up. But, how often do we really think about working out our minds?   How…

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