The 5 Pillars of Real Love

What is real love? I believe all forms of real, healthy love are built on self-love. The concept of self-love is often confused with selfishness, self-centeredness or narcissistic tendencies. There are many definitions of self-love out there but the one that most resonates with my work as a psychotherapist is, “Having regard for one’s own…

Crap You’re Leaving Behind In 2015 (And What You Might Take Into 2016)

It is time once again for my favorite year-end reflection ritual. I will spend time this week honestly assessing all of my life events of 2015. Many of my clients, family and friends participate in this annual ritual to yield insight and create space to celebrate the wins of this past year as well. “Tomorrow,…

Bipolar Disorder: A peak inside the extreme ups and downs

Have you or a loved one ever struggled with mental illness? This can include depression, addiction or suicidal tendencies. I find in my therapy practice that mental illness is still stigmatized, misunderstood and routinely misdiagnosed. I recently had a client describing her struggle with her mother’s life long, erratic behavior and extreme mood swings. As…