The Gift of Patience

What kind of parent are you? When you hold a baby in your arms for the first time, isn’t it an amazing, overwhelming feeling? Are you bursting with love? You wonder how this tiny miracle of life is going to grow up. You consider your [...]

By |2021-11-22T23:05:29+00:00November 17th, 2021|Categories: Parenting, Relationship|Tags: , |Comments Off on The Gift of Patience

What Defense Mechanisms Do You Use?

What are defense mechanisms? Defense mechanisms are psychological strategies that people tend to use unconsciously to protect themselves from anxiety rising from thoughts or feelings. This type of anxiety is generally unwanted or feels unacceptable. On the other hand, some anxiety is actually helpful. It [...]

By |2021-10-06T22:17:37+00:00October 6th, 2021|Categories: Relationship|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on What Defense Mechanisms Do You Use?

Article Excerpt: 10 Ways of Showing Compassion

1. START WITH YOURSELF The best way to learn how to be compassionate toward others is through self-acceptance. As they say: you can’t learn to truly love others until you learn to love yourself. Praise yourself for your successes (even with small things) and forgive yourself [...]

By |2021-07-09T15:39:06+00:00July 9th, 2021|Categories: Relationship|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Article Excerpt: 10 Ways of Showing Compassion

Freedom with Responsibility

The 4th of July conjures up thoughts of celebration, barbecues, fireworks, freedom, and independence. These modern-day festivities have persisted since 1776 when our founding father, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife in which he detailed his belief that July 4th… will be celebrated, [...]

By |2021-06-25T02:25:33+00:00June 25th, 2021|Categories: Relationship|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Freedom with Responsibility

Recipe for Lasting Love

As this love poem reveals, lasting love requires a long list of ingredients. It requires effort, concentration, and time. I am reminded of a quote by Thomas Keller, American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer, “A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:31:26+00:00February 3rd, 2021|Categories: Relationship|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Recipe for Lasting Love

The Importance of Human Connection

Imagine looking into a baby’s eyes. You smile, the baby smiles. You laugh, the baby laughs. But what if you just look expressionless with a blank stare? Do you know what the baby does? The baby cries from a feeling of detachment and lack of emotional [...]

By |2020-12-22T02:28:09+00:00December 18th, 2020|Categories: Relationship|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The Importance of Human Connection

Psychology of Gratitude

“Thank you” One of the earliest phrases children learn to say is “thank you”. That is when we are introduced to good manners. It is a way we learn to express our appreciation and convey our gratitude. It is a demonstration of respect to someone who [...]

By |2020-11-10T21:09:15+00:00November 10th, 2020|Categories: Relationship|Tags: , |Comments Off on Psychology of Gratitude

Can We Talk? The Psychology of Communication.

Published in the Desert Health News: May-June Do you struggle to be understood, yet often feel misunderstood? Communication is a basic skill, yet there are some subtle nuances that can raise your odds for success. There are three basic concepts to regard for effective communication: What [...]

By |2020-06-26T17:19:03+00:00June 26th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Relationship|Tags: , , |0 Comments

USING PLAY THERAPY WITH TEENS

On Friday May 20, I attended the 2016 Southern California Regional Play Therapy Conference held in Rancho Cucamonga and sponsored by the California Association for Play Therapy. Holly Willard, LCSW, RPT-S, presented a workshop entitled:  Not Just Child’s Play: Using Play therapy with Teens. The concept [...]

By |2020-06-25T13:42:53+00:00June 26th, 2016|Categories: Children, Relationship, Teens|Tags: , , |0 Comments

PROPRIOCEPTION: OUR PERSONAL SPACE

As a member of the Desert Sands Student Advisory Program (SAP), I attended a meeting Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Betty Ford Children’s Center in Rancho Mirage. One of the topics discussed concerned proprioception, which refers to our personal physical space. It is readily [...]