My Holiday Wish for You!

December 22, 2016blessings, frustrations, happiness, holidays, sadness, stress

It’s that time of the year again, when our thoughts turn toward family, friends, good food, and holiday gatherings.  We have specific images and thoughts in our minds about how we want our celebration to be.  We want it to be very special!  We want it filled with breathtaking beauty, abundant happiness, and lots of … Read More

Not Everyone Is Full of Holiday Cheer

December 15, 2015anxiety, depression, holidays, sadness, sorrow

This time of year can be so joyous, but it can also be a time filled with sorrow and emotional pain. The media shows only one side, and that is painted with almost unattainable perfection. Not everyone is ready for the various celebrations of the holiday season. Many are dealing with serious illness, financial worries, loneliness, … Read More

Thanksgiving and Our Many Blessings

November 24, 2015blessings, connections, depression, holidays, santa barbara therapist, self-talk, sorrow, stress management

We shouldn’t need a special day  to think about our blessings, but Thanksgiving does tend to turn our thoughts toward being grateful.  It’s easy to do that when things are going well.  But what about when we’re overwhelmed with struggles? I think that’s when remembering to count our blessings is more important than ever!  Our … Read More