When the Outside Doesn’t Match the Inside: Part Two

Your alarm clock goes off in the morning after a night of restless tossing and turning. You slowly get out of bed and feel “off”. Showering is exhausting, and getting dressed takes so much energy that you’re ready to crawl right back into bed. You think to yourself – “why bother? Nobody is going [Read more...]

How to Support Someone Going through An Emotionally Difficult Time – Part One

Tea and Honey "I don't feel very much like Pooh today," said Pooh. "There, there," said Piglet. "I'll bring you tea and honey until you do. Which one do you relate the most to? For me, it fluctuates. Sometimes I’m piglet, being the person offering the support. Sometimes I’m Pooh, when I’m just feeling [Read more...]

Strength in Vulnerability

Many of us are plagued with feeling like we are not enough, no matter what we accomplish. It’s easy to become envious of others while feeling you’re falling short; wondering why we don’t deserve success or happiness. Love for ourselves and others can alleviate that deeply rooted worry. What is Love? Love paradoxically seems [Read more...]

By |2019-06-17T07:49:15-06:00June 10th, 2019|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Strength in Vulnerability

Responding vs. Reacting

“By learning to accept the small things immediately as they happen, you can be free of having to react to things at all.  You still can respond when action is needed, but you can be free, internally, of events.” – Eckhart Tolle Everything that could go wrong in 24 hours pretty much did go wrong [Read more...]

By |2019-06-18T10:19:26-06:00April 18th, 2019|Anger, Anxiety, Communication, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Responding vs. Reacting

Symbiosis: The Empath and the Narcissist

Dear Empath, You may feel as if your purpose in this life is to facilitate the healing of others. You emotionally feed and water others to watch them abundantly grow. Highly sensitive and highly intuitive, you’re like an emotional sponge, absorbing all of the emotional energy around you. You thrive when you see others happy, [Read more...]

By |2019-04-04T07:14:25-06:00April 2nd, 2019|Adult Counseling, Boundaries, Coping Skills, Empathy, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Symbiosis: The Empath and the Narcissist

What Is Psychosocial Development?

I’ve always wondered why children, adolescents, and adults go through certain psychological changes. Each transformation seems to build upon the previous one and pave the way for development. One of the most popular and influential theories on this subject came from Erik Erikson, a protégé of Sigmund Freud. Erikson believed that personality develops in a [Read more...]

By |2019-03-26T15:42:46-06:00March 26th, 2019|Communication, Friendship, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-Esteem|Comments Off on What Is Psychosocial Development?

Your Love Life in the Year of the Pig: Part 2

For most of us, the holiday festivities are long gone and we’re already weeks deep into the new year. This year, the Lunar New Year started on February 5th, 2019, and it also marked the beginning of the Year of the Pig. Yes, you heard right – Year of the Pig! Similar to sun/mood signs [Read more...]

By |2019-02-21T09:08:06-06:00February 21st, 2019|Adult Counseling, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Relationships|Comments Off on Your Love Life in the Year of the Pig: Part 2

Bottling Up Emotions

I have these glass water bottles that have been quite durable. Please note that my toddler has chunked them across the room and they have not broken before. Then, one Sunday morning, I set the bottle down on the floor by my seat and I heard it crack. I jumped up quickly and noticed a slight [Read more...]

By |2019-02-20T11:40:44-06:00February 20th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Boundaries, Communication, Coping Skills, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Bottling Up Emotions

Caring for the Mess-Maker

My toddler recently got the stomach bug. Even worse, he projectile vomited all over the rug in front of a friend that was at my house for the first time. Later that day, I was giving him a bath without having first finished cleaning up all of the accidents around the house. That’s when it hit [Read more...]

By |2019-02-14T09:43:41-06:00February 13th, 2019|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Relationships, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on Caring for the Mess-Maker

Your Love Life in the Year of the Pig: Part 1

For most of us, the holiday festivities are long gone and we’re already weeks deep into the new year. For those that celebrate Lunar New Year (a.k.a. Spring Festival and Chinese New Year, though it is observed by numerous Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and more), the biggest event of the year [Read more...]

By |2019-02-06T08:23:25-06:00February 6th, 2019|Communication, Couples Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Relationships, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Your Love Life in the Year of the Pig: Part 1