As we move through the COVID-19 pandemic, hardly a day goes by without some public mention of masks.  You are hereby invited to take a minute to think about masks in general; not just as an item of… Read More


Let us begin by agreeing on the meaning of compassion. Adding to a standard dictionary definition, it seems clear that compassion includes the act of feeling and showing sympathetic caring for the suffering and misfortune of others. Some… Read More


Are you excessively anxious about your health, to the point that it makes you feel exhausted, depressed or panicked? Is it affecting your quality of life? If so, you are not alone. With the coming of the COVID-19… Read More

Parents vs. Kids

it goes without saying that every child wants and needs to have a mom and dad to respect and admire. Someone who is strong and mature, self-controlled and decisive, and who will look after them. Kids don’t want… Read More


“If you were as smart as you think you are, you wouldn’t be able to tolerate being around someone like me.” For several years, a married couple – call them Doug and Helen – came regularly for help… Read More

Who Owns Your Brain?

I recently conducted a session with a new client and his wife in which the gentleman expressed outrage about what is happening in America today. He said that the feeling of outrage is affecting his thinking and his… Read More

No Time? Really?

People come for therapy with all kinds of problems. They’re depressed or anxious and feel unmotivated to change. They have low energy, poor self-esteem or they’re bitter about having been hurt. They know they ought to get regular… Read More

Compassion Fatigue

Before becoming a therapist, the term ‘compassion fatigue’ was unknown to me. It seems self-explanatory: exhaustion as a result of caring for the critical needs of one or more persons over a long period of time. Obviously, it… Read More

Motivating Yourself!

Motivational speakers. They’re everywhere. YouTube, podcasts, television. Men, women, old, young, disabled, physically fit, people of all backgrounds. It’s not a bad idea to listen to these people. You can learn a lot from them. However, consider how… Read More


“How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? Just one. But the light bulb has to really want to change.” In my therapy practice I encounter lots of people who are not motivated to change a… Read More