An alternative to conventional self-help

Musings on life, relationships & creative wellness


January 10, 2019

I shifted gears in 2018 from writing regular posts to offering a social media Wellness Wednesday series.   Every Wednesday I offer a mission for all of us to  participate in completing.  Here is a sampling from the past year.  Join us.  Wellness is social, like everyth...

March 21, 2018

It’s Spring!  I am excited to focus on new ways to be social.  I have been telling clients and friends that the theme of my year is to highlight the we in wellness.   Since our culture worships the individual, and what’s going on “internally”, we often miss the cr...

January 17, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. famously stated that

        Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.

        Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

This week, as we celebrate the life and...

November 22, 2017

The holiday season is here, time to participate in the joys and stress this season brings, including how to get through dinner with racist Uncle Sam or do-gooder Cousin Shaniqua. 

We are told that we are in divided camps politically, socially, and economically.  Typical...

October 18, 2017

It’s in the world. Severe anxiety is rampant, along with its teammate, depression.  Mainstream psychology, with its interventions that focus on fixing the individual, is behind the times. Perhaps we need collective creativity as a response to our anxiety.  Like when my...

October 8, 2017

In ancient Greece, the term Chaos was originally thought of as the abyss or emptiness that existed before things came into being.  In current times we use the word chaos to describe the painful and frightening unraveling of our world around us.

I am so lucky and proud t...

September 20, 2017

Laugh it off….

What to do?   Fights with family members, caring for elderly parents or upset kids, anxiety and depression getting you down, natural disasters, spilled dinner all over new shirt.  What to do?

I have been reminding myself to not take life so serio...

August 9, 2017

I love practicing Social Therapy, an innovative group therapy approach that brings diverse clients together to grow emotionally.

I was asked recently to address common questions about the group therapy process. I’m glad to oblige.  Here are a few:

  1. Won’t my issues get...

July 26, 2017

The sharply witty creator of Hyperbole and a Half has a funny story called The
Sneaky Hate Spiral . It describes a series of events and interactions that don’t go so
well, and it turns the protagonist into a hater of everything, before she has even
realized that she ha...

July 12, 2017

The news, the field of psychology, and the public square are full of stories about our anxiety epidemic.  Apparently, we’ve all got it.  In the face of deteriorating communities, the crumbling world around us, our profound disconnection from one another and from the en...

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