January 1, 2016

It’s time to say good-bye to 2015!  Often the start of a new year prompts reflection, and the setting of resolutions – usually things we want to change about ourselves or our habits to be “better”.  While this can be a positive thing, and setting realistic goals for ou...

June 16, 2015

As a couples therapist, the question of “fault” comes up quite frequently.  Couples in distress are typically wondering – which one of us is “the problem”?  Who caused the last fight we had?  Much energy is spent either blaming oneself and feeling terrible or blaming o...

June 4, 2013

This past week I had the privilege of attending a 4 day training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) with Susan Johnson who wrote the wonderful book Hold Me Tight (which I highly recommend for couples!). EFT is based on attachment theory, which is essentially t...

January 29, 2013

“Whenever we give up, leave behind, and forget too much, there is always the danger that the things we have neglected will return with added force.”
-Carl Jung

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
-George Santayana

When a person seeks out the...

December 13, 2012

Murray Bowen (family systems theorist and family therapist) famously coined the term “differentiation”.  Being differentiated means being clear on your own values and principles and being able to tell the difference between a “fact” and a “feeling”.  Sounds good, right...

October 10, 2012

Today is World Mental Health Day, and the theme of this year’s day of awareness is Depression and its impact globally on the lives of people. The goal of the day is to raise public awareness about signs and symptoms of depression, but also to put forth ideas about how...

September 15, 2012

This September has been like “back to school” for me for the first time in literally a decade! I started a new position as a staff therapist at The Family Institute at Northwestern on the Tuesday after Labor Day complete with new supplies (no ruler or calculator this t...

August 12, 2012

 I hope you are all enjoying these last few weeks of summer! I have been going through many changes these last few months, and will be announcing a change in my practice coming up in September on my web site this week!

Meanwhile, I was looking at my Twitter feed this mo...

July 4, 2012

 Happy Independence Day I hope you are all enjoying the summer so far! So, I’ve had this blog post in the hopper for a few weeks. My husband is really into stand-up comedy, so I usually go with him to see different shows or comedy festivals. Most recently we went to th...

May 12, 2012

May is Maternal Mental Health awareness month, and of course, this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day to stop, and practice gratitude for our mothers. The topic I want to write about today is a difficult one, but it is not talked about enough and there is much confus...

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