Addiction and Codependency

Addiction sometimes provides the perfect storm for codependency to develop. You may care so much about the person who is addicted that you feel as though you can't stop worrying about them and subsequently your own wellbeing starts to suffer. There are some things that you can do to take care of yourself. If you [...]

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Ah, The Stress of a Parent

There is nothing quite like it, having your heart exist in another. You watch your heart run off to play on the jungle gym, clunk their head on something as your stomach drops, head to school for the first time as you wave goodbye, or cry over a first break up. No matter how old [...]

Living with a Chronic Condition or Illness?

It can be hard to explain to others what that's like. Check out this blog post I wrote here. Spoon Theory can be one tool to help convey to others what your experience is like!

Wellness Wednesday: Trauma Response

Hello internet and happy Wednesday. I haven't been very happy today, but I guess I can be proud that I worked out anyway and have been trying to stick to my resolution of working out regularly at the Y. Yay. On to the wellness topic for this week. It can be extremely hard to take [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Connection … when you grew up without it

Your relationships in your family of origin prime you for relationships in your adult life. If your emotional connection with your parents/family (or lack thereof) left you confused ... you will likely have a confusing time in your adult life with relationships, at least at first, until you work through some of your earlier connection/disconnection [...]

The Tapes We Play

I'm about to run a group on self concept. A colleague just told me he regularly heard positive things about my groups even though I work on an as needed basis around my school schedule. The comment doesn't really penetrate or compute.  I tell the residents in the inpatient rehab where I work all the [...]

Wellness Wednesday: The Vacillator Love Style

First, I hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July if you're in the United States and celebrating. I wanted to point out that if you recognize which love style best describes you, it likely shows up not only in your intimate relationships, but in every close relationship that you have (parents, friends, [...]