Mental Health in the African American Community

With it being Black History Month I wanted this blog to focus on mental health in the African American community. Mental Health Statistics in the African American Community* In 2014, Over 6.8 million African American persons have been diagnosed with a mental illness. Adult Black/African Americans are 20% more likely to report serious psychological distress compared to the [...]

By | 2018-02-20T23:21:08+00:00 February 20th, 2018|anxiety, Change, Depression, Grief, Growth, LGBTQIA+, Relationships, Self-care|0 Comments

More Love: Parents and Poop

What’s really happening in the brains of new parents? When my husband and I found out we were pregnant, we were showered with encouragement.  The “Congratulations!” were mixed with comments like “Your life is over”, or “Everything will change” (in some creepy horror movie narrators voice) leaving me feeling a little apprehensive about the baby [...]

More Love: Building Love Maps

This month’s Love Series will help you with rediscovering love through a fun activity called Love Maps! Celebrating Valentine’s Day “right” is a source of stress for many couples. A deluge of advertisements pours down on us, beginning weeks before the holiday. All of this marketing has made us feel that we suddenly need to [...]

More Love: Open Relationships

As we are in the month of love, I want to talk about all different types of intimate relationships. There are couples, “throuples”, “situationships”, partners and open relationships becoming popular in culture. All of them require a certain level of attention to detail and arrangements of agreements, but I want to give a little insight [...]

More Love: Adoptive Parents

When I first started this blog post I had a pretty straightforward idea of what it would look like. I was going to describe adoption as something that comes from a deep love and that parents who adopt love their children fiercely. I was going to find some empirical data to back up my hypothesis. [...]

More Love: Accepting Influence

Think about the first big argument with your spouse.  Can you even remember?  Thinking back, was it absurd?  I’m going to quickly share mine, trusting you are not going to cast judgement on me.  My wife and I were in Wal-Mart purchasing some last minute items needed for our summer travels.  I suppose if we [...]

More Love: Marriage Reboot

Twenty-two. That’s how many years of marriage I have under my belt. I met my husband while I was a senior in high school. I can remember the day we met like it was yesterday.  One Saturday in December of 1991, I was spending the day with my sister and nephew.  We decided to go [...]

Fondness and Admiration

Although the holidays are over, we may be still riding the high of a new closeness that developed throughout the season towards our spouse. Whether it’s a grand gesture of taking care of the kids and doing chores around the house, or small tokens like preparing your lunch for you and even listening to you [...]

Feelings vs Thoughts

  Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to have a logical thought when you get angry?  It’s almost like your brain is hijacked, and someone has replaced it with a constricted version of itself.  If you’ve ever had this happen, you are not alone. An important aspect of thinking rationally is to [...]

Client Questions, Part 2

As promised, here is the second installment of questions you wish you could ask you therapist, but may be afraid to. Let's jump right in: 1. Do you look me up on social media? Consensus: No. Most of the time, the therapist wants to get to know you when you come in for the first [...]

By | 2018-01-25T16:08:14+00:00 January 25th, 2018|anxiety, Boundaries, Growth, Personality, Relationships|Comments Off on Client Questions, Part 2