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

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

How to Combat Isolation During Coronavirus

I like to think that out of adversity, we can create positives—whether more family time, quiet time, going outdoors, being creative. Practicing good hygiene and social distancing are ways we can feel proactive in response to health concerns as severe as COVID-19 or simply the common [...]

By |2020-06-25T13:30:06+00:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Parenting|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ask Dr. Barb: What is Play Therapy?

Helps kids feel better (& grown-ups, too!) Improves self-esteem Teaches coping skills Fosters feeling expression Promotes socially appropriate behaviors Teaches creative problem-solving Dear Parents & Colleagues, As adults, sometimes we [...]