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Please Don’t react; respond.

Through my experiences as a mental health professional and as a person who lives with chronic depression, it has come to my attention that many people don’t know how to provide comfort or respond appropriately in times of need. Instead of listening to what’s being said & taking the time necessary to digest it, reflect on … Continue Reading

how professional boundaries keep everone safe

Your professor pays you many compliments, offers a research position and invites you to stay with them after hours to work… Your counselor is overly complimentary about your attractiveness and offers to help you work on your marriage without the presence of your partner while complaining about their own marriage. Your boss/preceptor invites you to … Continue Reading

Stopping Self-Sabotage

“When you know yourselves, then you will be known…“ As a kid, I was never the fastest runner. I was an okay athlete though, sometimes able to out-maneuver the more physically-gifted kids on the block, and occasionally out-compete those who hadn’t yet found their confidence or strength. There seemed to be a relentless drive in … Continue Reading

Addiction to Pleasure

Pleasure.  How tricky has our relationship to this basic human drive become?  Wikipedia defines pleasure as “…a broad class of mental states that humans and other animals experience as positive, enjoyable, or worth seeking.” Merriam-Webster offers a simpler  perspective: “A state of gratification.” Since time immemorial, people have largely misunderstood this primal drive, especially its … Continue Reading

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