#triggered?  How about #regulated.

If you have recently spent time with a teenager, you have likely heard them talk about how “triggered” they are at some point.  In fact, you may have even heard them say “hashtag triggered” in reference to an event, a noise, a person, a color, a thing, etc.  It has…

The story behavior is telling us…

Behavior tells a story.   Have you ever been in a situation where someone has done something or behaved a way and you have thought “why on earth would you have done/said that?”  For that matter, have YOU ever done something or behaved a particular way and thought to yourself…

Limiting beliefs….they limit our shine

On my first day of Kindergarten, my teacher had drawn a huge map of the United States and put it up on the wall.  She gave each student a push pin and instructed each of us to put it in the place we were born.  Adorable, right?  It was intended…

Why do you even act that way?

At least once per day, I make the statement “behavior meets a need” when talking to clients, colleagues or even friends.  (my poor friends, they get therapy even when they don’t want it.  Sorry, pals!)  One of the reasons that I expressed interest in the workings of the mind and…

Let’s start with us.

We, as humans, are a species that is hard wired for survival.  Our primal instincts, those automatic thoughts or behaviors that we have are intended to keep us safe.  I think that it is this process that is the birthplace of judgement and shame.  Hear me out, I do not…

What is the difference between self-care and coping?

In a previous post, I talk about my belief that we experience emotions in 4 ways-our body, our thoughts, our behaviors and our words.  I talk about this with clients nearly every day as a means for coping with distressing emotions because it provides a place to start.  If we…

The Race of Life

I often have conversations, both professionally and personally, where people ask me for my opinion of “why kids have changed” or “what is the ‘problem’ with kids these days.”  These are such hard questions to answer because kids have not changed, the world has.  And the ‘problem’ is that we…

Anxiety is the worst.

Anxiety is the worst, isn’t it?  The feeling of your heart beating out of your chest, difficulty breathing, a heat wave that washes over you and that boulder that takes up residence in the pit of your stomach.  In my experience, anxiety is quite physically uncomfortable in your body and…

“It is not that bad.”

When I was a senior in high school, I was at cheer practice one day.  I was working on a particular tumbling pass that was a pretty big deal for me when I landed on my ankle wrong.  Practically sidewise, in fact, and I remember hearing a really really loud…

How old are you?

We talk a lot about the concept of the inner child.   There are books written about it, meditations to follow to find yours, and plenty of jokes and references to the idea all over the media.   If you have been to therapy, there is a significant chance that you have…

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