Daniel Amen, M.D and founder of Amen Cinics (www.amenclinics.com) came up with an acronym, A.N.T.S – Automatic Negative Thoughts. He had come home from work one day, found ants invading his kitchen and thought the ants reminded him of how pervasive and busy some people’snegative thoughts were. We all have a dialogue going on in […]
When You Don’t See Eye To Eye
Some of my friends have decided to remove themselves from social media. Most are citing negative posts and mean comments when people do not see eye to eye. They debate the emotional cost of staying connected. “It all feels so stressful.” “I can’t believe my friend believes that!” “No one is listening.” We are living […]
No More Mom Guilt!
As I picked up my kids from daycare yesterday I was met by the owner who handed me a cookie with #NoMoreMomGuilt painted across the front of the wrapper. As a therapist who works with moms on a regular basis my first thought was “Heck yes!” but as I thought on it longer I realized […]
Feeling Emotionally Connected
Often times couples that have been together for awhile or have experienced the life change of having children will find themselves struggling to feel emotionally connected to their partner or spouse. They will often say that they do not feel the same way they used to about their partner or spouse and that they want […]
Feelings?? Do I Have To?
For some people, feelings can seem like a bother. For other people, they push feelings away and dismiss them. But feelings are important. Why is that? First you need to know that in your brain, feelings are being created or triggered all the time. It seems unfortunate to miss all that information that your brain is […]
The Magic of the Vagus Nerve
Anxiety is a normal part of life – there is always something to worry about, dread, fret over, or be stressed by. These days it often feels like there is more to be uneasy about, but we aren’t all anxious to the same degree. Some people seem to be able to recovery more quickly from […]