Stress is a necessary, and to some extent, healthy, part of life. We must stress our muscles in order to build strength. To attain competence we must go through trying experiences. But how much and how often?.... READ MORE.
Relationship is co-creative, forged through ongoing interaction between two people. The health of the relationship depends on the skills and emotional intelligence of both people, as well as the degree of trust that there is basic respect and love. The benefit of that belief: trying again. Communication about needs and feelings is hard....READ MORE.
I was raised in rural Vermont by unabashed social activists. After attending Oberlin College (and several protests against the Vietnam War) I became a community organizer for the United Farmworkers’ lettuce boycott. I then worked with county ex-offenders in San Francisco, preparing them for job placement. This led to my growing interest in psychology.
I enrolled in the MSW Program, California State University, Sacramento, concentrating on Mental Health. At graduation I was awarded for outstanding contribution to the community....READ MORE.
Where’s the manual, right? How do I drive this car called me?Sometimes we think we’re the only ones without a clue, swerving around sudden steep curves in a tulle fog. But you’re not alone. Life is complicated.
How to drive the “me car”?
Let’s start with the word human. We are known as Human Beings for good reason. You are not a Human Done - all finished, like a car. You are a Work in Progress, developing over time. Being Human is about not yet knowing and needing to learn. You learn as you live, through interaction....READ MORE.
Anxiety is a mood disorder characterized by excessive physical tension and negative thinking. Physical symptoms include muscular aches and pains, trouble sleeping, restlessness, and a tendency to go over and over a problem/situation. The thoughts tend to be fearful, often leading to avoidance of the trigger. An anxious person tends to imagine the worst: “What if…..” It is common to eventually become anxious about becoming anxious, and to therefore feel trapped in patterned, self-fulfilling thinking and behavior....READ MORE.
Depression is a mood disorder that often manifests physically, behaviorally and cognitively. Headaches, disrupted or excessive sleep, stomach problems, excessive crying, change in appetite, and loss of interest in activities are common physical/behavioral symptoms. Cognitive symptoms include recurrent and intrusive negative thoughts, often connected to a sense of inadequacy, failure or guilt. Feelings can include sadness, irritability, fatigue and anger....READ MORE.