Is it a codependent friendship? Learn the signs of codependency in friendships and how to repair your friendship and relationship.

What is a Codependent Friendship?

Friends play an important role in our lives. A friend is a trusted confidant, someone who “gets” you like no one else, and a source of fun and solace. A true friend has your back and supports you through life’s ups and downs. But friendships, like any other relationship, aren’t always healthy. Not all friendships […]

How to Use Mindfulness to Stop being a Perfectionist. San Jose therapist Sharon Martin, LCSW, uses mindfulness to combat perfectionism. Mindfulness is an effective way to stop worries, anxiety, and pressure to achieve and perfect.

How to Use Mindfulness to Stop being a Perfectionist

  Perfectionism can make it hard for you to enjoy your life. Are you ready to stop being a perfectionist and start enjoying your life? Do your exacting standards and quest for perfection actually get in the way of happy and fulfilling relationships and experiences?   Perfectionism is an unhealthy and unforgiving striving for achievement. […]

How to Set Boundaries with Negative . Do you know some negative people or energy vampires? Setting boundaries is the key to managing difficult relationships with people who annoy you and deplete your energy.

How to Set Boundaries with Negative People

  Negative people deplete your energy Negative people are like “energy vampires”. I first encountered the term energy vampire when I read Judith Orloff’s book Emotional Freedom (affiliate link) a few years ago. No matter what you call them, we’ve all encountered them. Energy vampires are those people who exude negative energy, drain you emotionally, and […]

How Women Can Overcome People Pleasing and Perfectionism

How Women Can Overcome People-pleasing and Perfectionism

    Why are women susceptible to people-pleasing and perfectionism? While people-pleasing and perfectionism aren’t exclusively women’s issues, women are socialized in many cultures to be care takers, put other people’s needs before their own, and be passive. They worry about what other people think of them; they don’t want to displease or be seen […]

Healing Shame and Self Criticism

Healing Shame and Self-Criticism

Healing shame Shame is a feeling that you’re wrong, bad, unimportant, or unworthy. Shame defines you as “less than” or “damaged”. The terms guilt and shame are often used inter-changeably, but guilt actually refers to a feeling or belief that your behavior is wrong or bad. Shame is a much more painful experience as it’s […]