When we were kids, getting older seldom crossed our minds. We were too busy being involved in whatever we were doing at the moment. There came a certain time, though, that we began to look forward to getting older, because it meant additional freedoms and more exciting adventures. At some point it began to mean … Read More
Are You Afraid of the Future?
So many people are feeling a new level of stress in their lives! They’re fearful and feel like they have no control over many of the issues they care about deeply. Much of this increased stress has come about as a result of our recent election. I’ve seen it with my clients, and I’ve seen … Read More
My Holiday Wish for You!
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
Free Worksheet to Lower Stress: The Circles of Life
Several years ago I came up with an idea for a worksheet to help my clients lower the stress and frustration they felt in their daily lives. As a Santa Barbara therapist, I’ve seen my clients gain good clarity and confidence from using this worksheet, and now I’ve decided that it’s time to share it … Read More
An Empowering Quote
“We are not broken. We are just unfinished.” by Dawna Markova Are you hard on yourself? I like this quote, because it can help us to look at ourselves in kinder, gentler, more patient ways. It can help us to be less judgmental when we make mistakes. Life is about learning and growing! Being able to stretch our comfort … Read More
Imaginations Can Lead to Catastrophizing
When your day isn’t going particularly well, what kind of thoughts start coming up for you? Too often, our thoughts can make our day seem much more difficult than it needs to be! There are many ways that this can happen, but I’d like to focus on just one. A common thing many of us … Read More