Depression & Anxiety

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You Are Doing the Best You Can: Thoughts from a Therapist

It’s okay. You are doing the best you can. How often do you say those words to yourself? As a therapist and coach I say them to my clients a lot. I believe we don’t hear these words often enough, or might even think that they’re throw away words when we do hear them. And…

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Creating Boundaries Online: What Needs Your Care and Tending?

This is a followup to my last post, where I wrote about my big aha related to the negative effects of screen time on women. It was inspired by Jenny Odell’s book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. Today I’ll share insights and strategies about creating boundaries with the online world. The idea…

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My Big Aha About the Negative Effects of Screen Time on Women

My Big Aha About Women and Too Much Screen Time (and a book to help). You’ve heard about the negative effects of screen time, right? I’m betting you know that screens can affect your sleep/wake cycles. They can also leave your body and brain feeling foggy, sluggish and unused, not to mention a lot of…

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Walk Away from Over Responsibility

I’ve seen women insist on cleaning everything in the house before they could sit down to write… and you know it’s a funny thing about housecleaning… it never comes to an end. Perfect way to stop a woman. A woman must be careful to not allow over-responsibility…to steal her necessary creative rests, riffs, and raptures.…

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4 creative ways to boost your mood when you’re feeling down

Lately a lot of people have been telling me they’re feeling down. Or some similar version of that. Words like…feeling blah, in a funk, don’t feel like myself, kind of burned out. You get the picture. So in this post I’ll try to help you answer these questions: Am I feeling down or is this depression? Why…

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