How to Give Yourself the Gift of Contentment

How to Give Yourself the Gift of Contentment

How to Give Yourself the Gift of Contentment

Non-stop commercials bombard us, trying to convince us we need whatever it is they are selling. Even the best of us can find ourselves fending off the internal “I want” mantra. While the “gimmes” seem to come naturally for most…

Resizing Your Christmas Expectations While Grieving

Resizing Your Christmas Expectations While Grieving

Facing a loss this holiday season? This might be a good time to think about resizing your Christmas expectations while grieving. Several years ago I met with a patient to discuss ways she could cope with the holiday season after…

Holiday Tips: When Family Comes Together

Holiday Tips: When Family Comes Together

When family comes together at your household, does it feel more like an experiment than a gathering of love, laughter and respect? We have entered the season when families will gather at their own expanded dining room tables with hopes…

A Patient’s Story of Hope and Motherhood

A Patient’s Story of Hope and Motherhood

Two weeks after giving birth to my second daughter, I realized I was suffering from postpartum depression (PPD). The signs were familiar as I had experienced the same symptoms after my first child was born, three years earlier. I understood…

Addiction Affects the Whole Family: Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Addiction Affects the Whole Family: Tips for Surviving the Holidays

The holidays can be loaded with expectations. Connecting with family, feeling the true spirit of this time, giving the perfect gift, making the perfect meal and creating the perfect family memories can be daunting for even the most organized and…

Anxiety and Depression: Your Cope Ahead Plan for the Holidays

Anxiety and Depression: Your Cope Ahead Plan for the Holidays
What do you get when you struggle with anxiety and/or depression and combine lots of family time, a little too much entertaining and a dozen Christmas cookies? The opportunity to make a Christmas Cope Ahead plan to help you take...

How to Enjoy a Not-So-Perfect Holiday

How to Enjoy a Not-So-Perfect Holiday

A perfectly browned Thanksgiving turkey, a magical Christmas filled with just the right presents, a Hanukkah celebration rivaling those you remember from childhood…everyone has holiday expectations. Planning for the perfect holiday often creates pain and disappointment when the idealistic expectations…

Children, Parenting and Holiday Stress

Children, Parenting and Holiday Stress
The holidays are supposed to be a "happy" time for children and families; a season filled with wonder and joy. However, for some families the holidays can be very challenging. Some families may become more stressed during the holidays due...

Navigating Loss and Change During the Holidays

Navigating Loss and Change During the Holidays
Holidays mean time spent with loved ones - a concept most of us grew up believing. Holiday traditions create an atmosphere of warmth and togetherness each year and provide a sense of comfort and belonging. However, recreating that cozy holiday...

Supporting Grieving Children During the Holidays

Supporting Grieving Children During the Holidays

The holidays are here and there is tinsel, glitter and joy everywhere. As we recall our childhood holidays, many of our memories include family gatherings, Santa Claus, gift giving and the birth of our Savior. The feeling of excitement, anticipation…