covid vaccine stress

Many people have excitedly awaited the COVID-19 vaccine as a step toward feeling protected and safer to return to a life that looks a bit more “normal.”  The idea of getting vaccinated to prevent serious illness and death from this virus holds great promise as a relief from so much stress and worry of the past year.  Yet many people are experiencing a new kind of stress after receiving the[…]

embracing highly sensitive person

Many highly sensitive people struggle to understand and accept this part of themselves. They tend to undervalue the positive aspects of this sensitivity and instead keep wishing to be less emotional, less reactive, less hurt.  Learning to understand and embrace your highly sensitive self is the key to emotional freedom.  When we befriend this part of who we are, we can feel so much better about ourselves, our relationships, and our world.  Understanding the Highly[…]

emotional avoidance

Emotions are running high these days.  It can feel like a rollercoaster with quick shifts and sudden drops that turn your stomach.  Other times it can feel like relentless challenges continually crashing into you, like waves in a rough sea.  We’ve all experienced losses in the past year, big and small.  And these losses may spur feelings of sadness, anger, resentment, longing, loneliness, or fear.  These are painful feelings we often try to avoid or ignore.  Understanding why[…]

choosing a therapist

Finding the right therapist can feel like an overwhelming task, especially if you are already feeling distressed.  Yet it’s also the crucial first step toward emotional wellness.  This post is designed simplify and demystify the process of choosing a therapist. You’re doing yourself an important service in being thoughtful and choosy when picking a mental health provider.  This is someone you want to feel safe opening up with, even when[…]

Many people wonder what psychotherapy is like and whether it would be helpful to them. It can be difficult to judge when no one talks much about what to expect in therapy. This blog post is intended to describe many common aspects of a therapy course. And I will be using the term “therapist” to refer to anyone who provides psychotherapy services which may include clinical psychologists, social workers, counselors,[…]