Redefining Therapy

One of my friends is going through a hard time. Today we both went to the local Y and swam laps. I'm not his therapist, I'm his friend, but I found myself wondering about doing something similar with my clients. Or winning the lottery and opening a facility where I could have a session that [...]

Behavioral Addictions

This is truly one of my passions-- treating behavioral addictions. Behavior or process addictions actually activate the same pleasure pathways in the brain as substance addictions do... and they can be just as much if not more difficult to manage! This might include sex, porn, gaming, shopping, gambling, relationships... really, the possibilities are endless. Remember [...]

Last month of the year

This year has been insane in a lot of ways. I've grown so much personally and professionally. My circle has thinned and I'm ok with almost all of those changes. Sometimes when you're an intense person like I am you can't stand surface level connection or friendships. I keep people who offer me shallow connection [...]

Review of Joker by a Mental Health Professional [Spoiler Alert]

I have so much to say about this film and I'm not sure I can adequately convey how much it moved me. It is without a doubt one of the best films I have ever seen. You could just take out all the bits related to "super heroes" and that whole franchise and it would [...]

Wellness Wednesday

There are actually so many things I want to write about. The wilderness I explored in Washington state Joker the movie The difference between a therapist and life coach. But it's midnight and I'm reflecting on the conference I presented at last week. I was so nervous and my presentation didn't go as smoothly as [...]

Wellness Wednesday

I'm leaving for Seattle in a few hours to present at a conference. I would have liked to have had more time to prepare, but it is what it is. Dissertation is such a lonely and isolating process, it's unreal. You do receive help from your committee and mentors for sure... but, everything really all [...]

I have to reflect on yesterday …

I don't know what was going on with me yesterday, but it was proven to me multiple times over that my first thoughts about things are often very negative and wrong. So I was on my way to work (inpatient drug and alcohol rehab center). I work there sporadically. I get a text from a [...]

Blogust 23

I was, in fact, helpful today at work. Ran two successful therapy groups, but I'm tired. Didn't sleep, well as expected, and I'm overwhelmed with a lot of stuff. I also realized I have a lot. LOT of unexpressed anger lol. I did do Zumba today and had lunch with my mom, so that helped [...]