I have been officially licensed for one month! In a nutshell, this means I completed graduate school, attained 3000 clinical hours in a variety of categories, and passed two licensing exams. The Board of Behavioral Sciences gathered all this information and deemed me competent to reach this holy grail in therapy land. This has been a … More Licensed in the State of California
Three years ago, when I was working for an inpatient treatment center, I facilitated a self-esteem and body image group for women. We were a cluster of complex and rich personalities- women of all different sizes and complexions and war stories, each carrying backpacks of pain, trauma, and mental illness. Women face pressure throughout their … More The exposed hour: taking off the makeup in therapy
Mary just seemed to be branded with perpetual bad luck. There’s really no other way to put it. She literally seemed cursed. She started therapy soon after sustaining a life-threatening injury and now needed to cope with the aftermath of chronic pain and forced unemployment.When we first met, Mary could hardly walk, her schedule revolved around various … More It’s not about the problem. It’s about how we cope with it.
As we close the month of December, we reach that time where New Year resolutions start surfacing everywhere. This is met with intense reactions, as people polarize with their biases about whether or not making such goals is worth it. By now, it is fairly common knowledge that most of us “mess up” or entirely … More New Year, Now What?
One of my first clients taught me that therapy- and the greater meaning of existence- eventually came down to exploring (and possibly answering) three fundamental, chronological questions. Why should I live? How should I live? What can I do to make my life better? Sam was an existentialist in every sense of the word- he analyzed … More The Three Questions of Therapy
I recently read a statistic claiming that Millenials report higher levels of anxiety and depression than any other generation at the same age reported. I am not interested in the actual research behind this statistic. Perhaps it’s true, or perhaps our generation is just more likely to acknowledge mental illness, but as a Millennial myself … More Is everyone adulting but me?
“..But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” We have all heard this trite cliche. It’s plastered everywhere on social media, taunted as a cutesy threat towards potential suitors who may be showing interest. Supposedly Marilyn Monroe said it first, though this is more of … More Your Partner Deserves Your Best Self