Calculated Risk: A Pathway to Joy

Calculated Risk: A Pathway to Joy

The office has been quieter this past month now that the students from the PSU Graduate School of Social Work have left and the summer is upon us.  More folks are taking breaks from therapy for the summer and fewer people are coming into the office in person.  We have...
Managing Your Nervous System in the Summer 

Managing Your Nervous System in the Summer 

For some people, summer is a time of relief from their dreary-weather-induced Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D. 1), but summer isn’t a sanctuary for everyone. What about folks who are sensitive to heat due to medication side effects? How about introverts who...

A Wish for Us

As therapists, we have the privilege of walking with people through pivotal moments in their lives. We hold space for questioning, space for curiosity, and space for saying things out loud that many have never been able to speak. We teach the power of duality – of holding seemingly opposing truths simultaneously and how to live within them.

Silence = Death

Silence = Death

I moved to Berkeley, CA in 1986. A year after moving there I was trained in pre- and post-test counseling for people with HIV and AIDS. In 1989 I became a part of ACT-UP and we fought and yelled in the streets in San Francisco for access to medical care and equal rights for men who were dying in this country, in our streets…our friends, lovers, brothers.

Summer Recharge for New Clinicians

Summer Recharge for New Clinicians

Every time the weather clears up I see a spike in cancellations. Makes sense, and I honestly love that my clients are feeling grounded enough to skip sessions and enjoy the weather. Seasoned clinicians warned me about the summer lull. It got me wondering, what do we DO in the summer with all this downtime? Here are a few ways that I plan to use this extra time. 

Diagnosing Climate Grief

Diagnosing Climate Grief

Pathologizing the feeling of increasing dread over our dying planet doesn’t feel particularly helpful, but no one has yet asked me to diagnose or treat the billionaire corporations who are killing our planet. Instead, I get to sit with my clients in our shared frustration, grief, overwhelm, and persistent negative beliefs about the state of the world.