Posted On: 12 Dec,2009 By:
Category: Holidays, Making Meaning, Solution-focused

Spending Christmas Alone: Living in the Moment Joyfully

Christmas on TV: We watch commercials of a family at Christmas. Mom and dad are there with the kids, everyone is laughing and enjoying themselves, there’s lots of presents and good food to eat amidst a beautifully decorated house.  But what do those commercials do to you when you don’t have a family¸ you’re estranged […]

Posted On: 8 Dec,2009 By:
Category: Holidays, Stress

The 4 F’s of the F’ing Holidays! Beating Holiday Stress

Holidays can be the best of times, and the worst of times; they can be times of wisdom or times of foolishness; they can be the epoch of beliefs, they can be the epoch of consumerism; holidays are the season of lights during the season of darkness; holidays can be the spring of hope, or […]

Posted On: 30 Nov,2009 By:
Category: Relax

Living in the Moment is on my To-Do List

What does living in the moment mean to you? Is it mindfulness, flow, or something else? Where are you when you live in the moment? Is it easier when you’re in a certain place–or doing something in particular?

Posted On: 22 Nov,2009 By:
Category: Goals and Change, Solution-focused

Six Easy Steps to Living Your Dream! Creating Goals Easily

1. The dream: Suppose when you go to sleep tonight, you have a dream. Not just any old, run of the mill dream or some totally weird nonsense that leaves you shaking your head in disbelief. This dream seems really real—vivid and rich. It’s a dream of life—of your life—going exactly the way you want […]

Posted On: 17 Nov,2009 By:
Category: Psychologist

Psychologist as Hostess: Welcoming the people I work with

Privacy: When I opened my private practice, my vision was and is, to make it a warm, welcoming, safe, and comfortable place. That begins with people knowing that the space is private. There are 2 ways to enter and exit the building so people don’t have to worry about running into anyone they know. I […]

Posted On: 10 Nov,2009 By:
Category: Solution-focused

The Evolution of a Psychologist in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Last week I was at the annual Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association (SFBTA) conference in Albany. As usual, it was an incredible few days. Terri Pichot, a psychotherapist from Colorado and a board member of the association, talked about three levels of integration of solution-focused ideas that can take place as people learn about SFBT. […]

Posted On: 7 Nov,2009 By:
Category: Relax

Laughter Medicine 101

Laughter is life’s greatest natural medicine.

Posted On: 2 Nov,2009 By:
Category: Solution-focused

This psychologist’s path to solution-focused therapy

As a kid in Banff, I often stepped in when other kids were getting bullied. It just didn’t seem fair to me that kids were getting picked on for the way their bodies or clothes looked, for being sensitive, or in my case, for being more serious and coming from one of “those families.” I […]

Posted On: 26 Oct,2009 By:
Category: Psychologist

So you’ve decided to see a psychologist

You’ve made your decision to be or not to be in therapy. Now you may have some other ideas to consider. Would you like to talk with a man or woman? What experience does the therapist have? What does s/he charge? What does a typical meeting look like? What about confidentiality?

Posted On: 23 Oct,2009 By:
Category: Psychologist

To Be or Not to Be in Therapy with a Psychologist

How do you make your decision? You’re thinking about whether or not therapy would be right for you. Some people think they have to be really messed up before they consider it. Others think it will be way too expensive. Still others wonder whether it will really be worth their time. Will therapy really make […]