Playfulness for Everyone

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. One of my favorite sayings is “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. There are so many different types of adversities whether war, death, illness, divorce, challenging children, accidents, finances, relationship, work, schedules, auto or home repairs, etc. How [...]

By |2023-02-01T00:44:36+00:00January 30th, 2023|Categories: Depression, Spotlight on Seniors|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Playfulness for Everyone

Managing Holiday Stress

How do you manage holiday stress? Holidays signify family togetherness. We envision warm, loving, happy people connecting in special ways…except when it is not so warm and fuzzy. What goes wrong? What are your expectations? If you expect everything and everybody to flow perfectly, this may [...]

By |2022-12-20T01:07:50+00:00December 20th, 2022|Categories: Anxiety, Relationship|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Managing Holiday Stress

Psychological Implications For Children From Wearing Masks

I realize there has been controversy in wearing masks for health reasons. The purpose of this article is to focus only on the psychological implications. What are the psychological impacts of wearing masks? After wearing masks so long in response to COVID, I became aware [...]

By |2022-03-04T17:51:34+00:00March 4th, 2022|Categories: Children|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Psychological Implications For Children From Wearing Masks

Balancing of Life Amidst Fear

Do you feel paralyzed with fear of COVID? Like me, you probably know people who seem paralyzed with fear over COVID and new strains of the virus. As a psychologist, this becomes a topic of discussion with many, if not most, patients. Do vaccines work or [...]

By |2022-01-15T04:14:17+00:00January 15th, 2022|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , |Comments Off on Balancing of Life Amidst Fear

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?

Life is Resuming…Back-to-School

Now that life is resuming, you may experience a realm of emotions about going out. As much as you may feeling like leaving your home, simultaneously you may experience ambivalence, apprehension, insecurity. Your children may feel elated about returning to school but they also may be [...]

By |2021-04-30T17:38:54+00:00April 30th, 2021|Categories: Children, Parenting|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Life is Resuming…Back-to-School

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

From the Desert Sun: Bread Rising in Popularity During COVID-19 Blues

Bill Marchese Special to The Desert Sun Harry Fialkov of Palm Springs said he used his bread-making machine about two times in the past two years. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the machine is a constant companion in his kitchen. He expanded his bread-making repertoire to include [...]

By |2020-09-09T16:16:58+00:00September 9th, 2020|Categories: Depression|Tags: , |Comments Off on From the Desert Sun: Bread Rising in Popularity During COVID-19 Blues

Stressed or Anxious?

“I’m so stressed!” is a pretty common statement - especially these days. But what do we mean by stress? Is there such a thing as good stress? Between the pace of modern life and extra complications, feeling stress and anxiety may seem like our new [...]

By |2020-08-19T00:57:45+00:00July 21st, 2020|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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