Give Yourself the Gift of Clinical LCSW Supervision

Have you been thinking about starting or returning to clinical supervision? MFT or LCSW supervision offers so many benefits including: Skill building Support with challenging clinical issues Support with challenging management/organizational issues Guidance on ethical issues Experience toward licensure Professional development Decreased isolation and burnout

Parenting Teens: Teenage Insecurities

Insecurity is a feeling of being “less than”, of uncertainty about yourself, or a lack of confidence. This week, as I listened to the radio and thought about this topic, two songs caught my attention. Echosmith is singing: I wish that I could be like the cool kids ‘Cause all the cool kids, they seem to fit in I wish […]

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 […]

How to Cope with the Winter Blues, SAD, Seasonal Depression

How to Cope with the Winter Blues

  It feels like Winter is upon us. It was a rainy, cold Halloween. With the end of Daylight Savings Time this weekend, the days are noticeably shorter. And, of course, the holiday season can be difficult. This is the time of year when many people notice an increase in stress and depression. There are some simple things that you […]

Is Pursuing a Social Work License (LCSW) Worth It?

Is Pursuing a Social Work License (LCSW) Worth It? By Sharon Martin, LCSW After finishing graduate school, you might be wondering if it’s really worthwhile to pursue a social work license. In California, this license is the LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). And the answer is a resounding “yes”.

Understanding Co-dependent Reltaionships

Understanding Co-dependent Relationships by Sharon Martin, LCSW Co-dependent relationships are out of balance. Co-dependents are extremely caring people, but codependency goes beyond wanting to help others. Co-dependents want to fix others. Co-dependents derive self-esteem and feel valued primarily through the helping role. They, therefore, become attached to people who have problems of various sorts and need to be taken care of.

How to Stop Overthinking

How to Stop Overthinking By Sharon Martin, LCSW Many of my clients struggle with anxiety. They are smart and driven and can’t “turn off” their brains. Overthinking, or ruminating, is a hallmark of anxiety. Many people find they get stuck in their worries and can’t stop thinking about the same negative things over and over. This post shares a few […]