As mentioned in my previous post, “Holding Thoughts Lightly,” is a way of reminding ourselves that thoughts may or may not reflect reality. One simply has to notice the many differing interpretations of a given event held by people observing it. Given that we all have different histories, i.e., different Moms, Dads, sisters, brothers, homes, hurts, experiences…we may or may not interpret events in the same way... Read More
Most people have an idea in their heads, or several, more likely, about who they really are and how they measure up to other people. How do these stories come to be? Have you ever noticed that you have ideas about who you are and who you aren’t or maybe even the kind of person you are or aren’t? In some ways, this looks like it’s helpful and maybe it even is, in some situations. Read More
One of the first questions that just about every anxious client asks me is “Will you help me get rid of my anxiety?” There’s usually a desperate tone in their voice, and I always tell them to brace themselves for my answer.
You see, most things we don’t want in the environment, we can get rid of if we want to. If there’s something in my living room that I either decide I don’t like anymore or perhaps even reminds me of something I don’t really want to remember, I can decide to just throw it out or give it to the Goodwill, and that usually does the trick. Read More
ACT provides tools to help people overcome their struggles with anxiety, depression, chronic pain and a host of other psychological issues. My chosen specialty is to work with those who suffer from anxiety. By focusing on values, people come to clarify what is and isn’t important to them. I often think of values as being like the rudder on a boat Read More
Have you ever given much thought to what your relationship to money is? Regardless of what your feelings are, money, and taxes, are facts of life that all Americans are faced with this time of year. And that has many of us singing the blues! Read More
Given that, I will attempt to put down what I have learned, in more than 25 years of working with patients day in and in out, about helping people, especially anxious people, learn to function successfully in today’s every-changing world... Read More