Lately, I’ve been hearing from my adolescent clients that they are afraid to grow up and that ‘adulting’ scares them. I didn’t make much of it at first. It’s pretty common that the closer kids get to adulthood, the scarier it becomes to leave the carefree world of childhood … [Read more...] about Neverland – Why Kids Are Afraid to Grow Up
Leaves blow softly in the wind. Birds chatter like a group of seniors gathering over coffee. Beauty, calm, community all surround me this morning as I put pen to paper to share my thoughts and feelings on stress in our modern day. It isn’t without irony that clarity on stress … [Read more...] about To Engage or Disengage: A Dichotomy of Needs
I recently finished a two-day grief conference. The whole program was excellent, but the most significant presentation for me was a talk about compassion fatigue given by Eric Gentry, PhD. Like many of my colleagues, I am seeing a tidal wave of people who are suffering. Most … [Read more...] about Recognizing and Reversing Compassion Fatigue
In recent years, the concept of trauma has become normative in our daily vernacular. What I mean by that is culture is talking about trauma in ways that we have never seen before. In so many ways, this is progress! But like so many concepts, there is a spectrum of … [Read more...] about How to Define Trauma
We can’t let our guard down. Too much is at stake. We are rounding out a year with this pandemic. Everyone is exhausted. Some people have never worried and just openly embraced getting the virus and getting it over with. Others lock themselves away hoping they can … [Read more...] about How Could I Have Let My Guard Down?
I Long to Live in “Precedented” Times. You may have heard this phrase – or seen a meme on Facebook or Instagram “I long to live in precedented times.” What in the world does this even mean? We hear dozens of times a day on newscasts, on talk shows, and … [Read more...] about The Healing of Our Nation and Our Marriages