How to Give Yourself the Gift of Contentment

How to Give Yourself the Gift of Contentment

How to Give Yourself the Gift of Contentment

Non-stop commercials bombard us, trying to convince us we need whatever it is they are selling. Even the best of us can find ourselves fending off the internal “I want” mantra. While the “gimmes” seem to come naturally for most…

Resizing Your Christmas Expectations While Grieving

Resizing Your Christmas Expectations While Grieving

Facing a loss this holiday season? This might be a good time to think about resizing your Christmas expectations while grieving. Several years ago I met with a patient to discuss ways she could cope with the holiday season after…

Holiday Tips: When Family Comes Together

Holiday Tips: When Family Comes Together

When family comes together at your household, does it feel more like an experiment than a gathering of love, laughter and respect? We have entered the season when families will gather at their own expanded dining room tables with hopes…

Tips for Managing Depression During the Holidays

Tips for Managing Depression During the Holidays

The holiday season can be emotionally taxing for everyone. However, it is often particularly miserable if you are struggling with depression. You know you should be excited to spend time with family and should be enjoying all the preparatory events….

A Patient’s Story of Hope and Motherhood

A Patient’s Story of Hope and Motherhood

Two weeks after giving birth to my second daughter, I realized I was suffering from postpartum depression (PPD). The signs were familiar as I had experienced the same symptoms after my first child was born, three years earlier. I understood…

Addiction Affects the Whole Family: Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Addiction Affects the Whole Family: Tips for Surviving the Holidays

The holidays can be loaded with expectations. Connecting with family, feeling the true spirit of this time, giving the perfect gift, making the perfect meal and creating the perfect family memories can be daunting for even the most organized and…

Anxiety and Depression: Your Cope Ahead Plan for the Holidays

Anxiety and Depression: Your Cope Ahead Plan for the Holidays
What do you get when you struggle with anxiety and/or depression and combine lots of family time, a little too much entertaining and a dozen Christmas cookies? The opportunity to make a Christmas Cope Ahead plan to help you take...

How to Count Your Blessings When You Have Depression

How to Count Your Blessings When You Have Depression

“What if I just don’t have any blessings to count this holiday season?” For most of us, Thanksgiving and the holiday season that follows represents an opportunity to count our blessings and have an attitude of gratitude. But for people…

How to Enjoy a Not-So-Perfect Holiday

How to Enjoy a Not-So-Perfect Holiday

A perfectly browned Thanksgiving turkey, a magical Christmas filled with just the right presents, a Hanukkah celebration rivaling those you remember from childhood…everyone has holiday expectations. Planning for the perfect holiday often creates pain and disappointment when the idealistic expectations…

Supporting Grieving Children During the Holidays

Supporting Grieving Children During the Holidays

The holidays are here and there is tinsel, glitter and joy everywhere. As we recall our childhood holidays, many of our memories include family gatherings, Santa Claus, gift giving and the birth of our Savior. The feeling of excitement, anticipation…