Breathe your way to a Peaceful Life: Breathing Exercises for Stress

Breathing Exercises for Stress Breathing is my favorite stress reliever. It’s quick, easy, and you can do it anywhere. In my opinion, there’s really no wrong way to utilize breathing to reduce stress. In its simplest form you can do it in the grocery store line or between test questions. You don’t actually need any particular technique for breathing exercises […]

Beautiful Space, Beautiful Mood: How a Beautiful Physical Space can Improve your Mood

Beautiful Space, Beautiful Mood: How a Beautiful Space can Improve your Mood Our physical space can impact our moods. I have found that having a pleasing and comfortable space, whether it’s my home or office, makes a difference in how I feel. I have also had clients tell me that they are overwhelmed by messes or clutter in their homes and this […]

6 Ways to Rediscover Yourself

  Yesterday I created a list of questions or journaling prompts that may help you rediscover yourself. I decided to expand on this idea and provide some actionable ideas for those that may not be interested in journaling. 1. Spend an afternoon by yourself. What do you want to do? Let the answer provide valuable information about who you are […]

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Rediscovering Yourself

  Do you have a clear sense of who you are? We all want to understand ourselves, to have purpose, fulfillment, and belong. Teens and young adults wrestle with “finding themselves”. It is common to revisit these themes in middle age. I see many clients in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s who have lost themselves over the years of work and […]

My Favorite Inspirational Quotes about Change

Today I decided to share a few of my favorite inspirational quotes about change. They are my favorites because I have found them all to be very true for myself and my clients.                   The first quote I chose is from one of my favorite psychologists Carl Rogers. Psychotherapy is a process of changing […]

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The Steepest Hike: How Struggle Can Bring Us Together

  A few days ago I went on the steepest hike with my family. Was it really the steepest hike? Of course not. It may not have even been the steepest hike I’ve ever been on. It just felt like it.   We really hadn’t planned on doing this hike. It was getting late in the afternoon. It was warm. I desperately needed a […]

Parenting Teens: My Teenager Won’t Go To Therapy

  Have you decided that your teenager needs therapy? But what do you do when your teenager won’t go to therapy? Don’t panic, you’ve got options. Obviously, as a therapist, I think there are a lot of benefits of teen counseling. However, it’s not the only way to help your teenager. The two strategies that I suggest are: 1) give options […]

Sharon’s House Rules for Teenagers

Yesterday I read this article 7 Simple Rules for Living in our House by Kristen Daukas. I liked a lot of what Kristen laid out as house rules for teenagers, but the tone didn’t feel quite right for me. So, I decided to try my hand at 7 simple rules for the teenagers in my house. Here’s what I’ve got so far. I’m […]