Coping with Grief during the Holidays

Whether your loss is recent or the holidays have brought an old loss to the surface, the holiday season can be an especially challenging time.   Grief is a time of re-assessing our priorities. It calls everything into question. It’s not uncommon for us to gain/lose friends, change jobs, or set new goals after someone we care about dies. It […]

About Sharon Martin, LCSW

Meet San Jose therapist Sharon Martin, LCSW Hi, I’m Sharon Martin, a licensed counselor and therapist in the Campbell / San Jose area.  I’m excited to help you on your journey of healing and self-discovery. At some point, we all realize that our lives haven’t turned out like we expected. We repeat the same patterns and get frustrated that they […]

What is childhood emotional neglect?

What is Childhood Emotional Neglect?

This post contains affiliate links.   Do you feel empty and disconnected? Do you sense that you’re different than everyone else, but you can’t put your finger on what’s wrong? Childhood Emotional Neglect, a term coined by psychologist Dr. Jonice Webb, is a powerful experience, but one that often goes unnoticed and untreated. In fact, many people who experienced Childhood […]

Why You Need Realistic Expectations and How to Set Them

Why You Need Realistic Expectations and How to Set Them

  “Expectations are resentments waiting to happen.” – Anne Lamott   Realistic expectations have the power to make you happier. The holidays don’t feel like the “most wonderful time of the year” for everyone.  It’s emotionally difficult to join in holiday celebrations when you’re experiencing grief, strained relationships, infertility, divorce, or difficult family dynamics. The single most important piece of advice […]

Grow Happiness Newsletter

Thank you for connecting with me by email. I’m so glad you’re here!   As a thank you, I’ve created a free resource library just for my email subscribers. It contains worksheets, articles, journaling prompts and more — all designed to help you know and love yourself! I continue to add new resources, so be sure to check my email […]

Practice Gratitude All Year Long: A Photo Gratitude Journal

It’s the season of gratitude and giving thanks. Of course, our gratitude practice shouldn’t be reserved only for November. According to the Greater Good Research Center in Berkeley, there are tremendous benefits from practicing gratitude on a regular basis – everything from helping struggling marriages to improved health and better grades in school. But surprisingly, Americans resist gratitude. A Harris […]

How to Support a Friend Grieving Pregnancy and Infant Loss

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. To all of you grieving your own baby or wanting to support a friend or family member, I’m sending you a virtual hug. Experiencing neonatal loss was one of the hardest things I’ve been through. Grief is always hard no matter the type of loss. Pregnancy and infant loss presents us with some […]

Healing Perinatal Loss

  Last week I had the absolute pleasure of talking to Dr. Christina Hibbert, the host of Motherhood on Web Talk Radio about healing perinatal loss. Many of you know, this is a topic close to my heart as I experienced a loss 15 years ago. After several years of infertility, I gave birth to triplets in October 2000. Complications […]