Category Archives: General Well Being

How to Comfort Someone in Pain

We all get our share of pain and loss in life. Some seem to get more than their fair share.

When someone you love is hurting, it’s normal to want to help but sometimes it’s hard to know how to help. Here are a few pointers from people that have had their fair share of suffering and support.

“I’d say that what these experiences call for is a sort of passive activism. We have a tendency, especially in an achievement-oriented culture, to want to solve problems and repair brokenness — to propose, plan, fix, interpret, explain and solve. But what seems to be needed here is the art of presence — to perform tasks without trying to control or alter the elemental situation. Allow nature to take its course. Grant the sufferers the dignity of their own process. Let them define meaning. Sit simply through moments of pain and uncomfortable darkness. Be practical, mundane, simple and direct.”

See the full NY Times article here:

How to Manage Your Stress

Got stress? Here’s what you can do to help yourself: Change the way you think.
See the full video by Dr.Mike Evans here:

23 1/2 Hours

Great instructional video on the value of moving for just 30 minutes day. Shocking and inspiring. See it here:

How to Get a Social Life 101

We all lead very busy lives. Hectic schedules, demanding jobs, a never ending stream of social media, and old friends that have moved away or are just as busy in their own loves can leave us feeling lonely and wondering where everyone went. Sometimes we have to make a conscious effort to get out there, and get a life.

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This article is full of good reminders on how to do just that:

Obamacare and Mental Health Coverage

The new federal health care laws require mental health care to be covered. This is good news for anyone that is seeking treatment or support for problems ranging from severer mental illness, to substance abuse, to depression and anxiety, or relationship issues. Any mental health problem is now covered!

Read more from the NY Times here:

Depression: The Big Black Dog

This great video by the World Health Organization illustrates depression beautifully. See it here:

Brene Brown on Shame and the Power of Vulnerability

I love Brene Brown’s TED videos. They are insightful and inspiring. Watch this instead of re-runs on TV tonight:

The Power of Vulnerability

Listening to Shame

Are You Happy?

Design by H/34, Alex Koplin.

Design by H/34, Alex Koplin.

Like many people, you probably consider yourself a smart, hard-working and caring person that does their best every day. Things seem to be going pretty well, except for the issue(s) that brings you here, seeking a little help.

  • Maybe you’ve tried talking to friends, or read a self-help book or two (or more), but realize there is still something missing.
  • Perhaps you know what to do, but you get in your own way. Or family and friends aren’t able to provide unbiased, smart advice on what you need to do to get relief form your struggles.
  • You might need help making some changes so you can get on with your life.
  • You want a private place to do some reflection and create a strategy in how to move forward – with a kind and experienced coach.

Counseling may seem a bit scary at first, especially if you’ve never tried it before. My goal is to make the process safe, inviting and successful in helping you make changes in your life.  I see the transformation every day in my office and want that change to happen for you too.

I help people with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Relationship Problems (of all kinds)
  • Coping with Grief and Loss
  • Recovering from Divorce or Break-up
  • Initiating Changes
  • Dealing with Big Changes that Life has Dropped in Your Lap

I offer: