Understanding Attachment

John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth’s groundbreaking research gave us an insight into human attachment, how it is developed, how it is injured, and how childhood attachment impacts our adult relationships. But what is attachment? Bowlby defined attachment as a “lasting...

The Importance of Self-Care in Stress Reduction

You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” -Eleanor Brown.   What does “self-care” mean to you? Does it mean getting a massage? Going for a walk? Taking in a movie with friends or your significant other? Journaling about your experiences and reflections throughout...

Nutrition and Mental Health

There is an increasing body of research connecting nutrition to mental health.  Here are some of the nutritional recommendations resulting from that research. Vitamin D is important for the brain, heart and circulation, immunity, bone, muscle, lung, joints, kidneys,...

Staying in the NOW to Manage Emotions

“Learn from yesterday, Live for today, Hope for tomorrow.” -Albert Einstein Living in the present moment is one of the most difficult, yet, most necessary skills for living a contented life. So often we get caught up thinking about the past- either...

Mental Health Basics

Mental Health Basics Everyone can benefit from taking good care of themselves by eating right, sleeping enough, getting enough exercise, connecting with others, having structure and routine, and making time for reflection and relaxation. Maintaining or establishing...

Mental Health and Well-Being Phone Apps

The wonders of technology and creative innovation has significantly improved most areas of life with mental health being no exception. Cell phones are now akin to house key – we have them on our person or closely available most of the time. Unlike house keys,...

What’s your love language?

What’s your love language?   Have you ever taken the time to think about what love means to you? Gift giving, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, physical touch; who knew that there were so many ways that you can feel love? According to Gary...

Are your needs being met?

Are your needs being met in your relationship? Often when I ask  my clients “what are your needs in this relationship?” they look at me with a blank face. Most times the response rendered is “I don’t know”.  Whether in a committed...

Technology and Mental Health

While cell phones, tablets and laptops have undeniable benefits, there are trade-offs for the convenience of mobile technology: documented negative effects on health and happiness. Despite their advantages, research indicates that the use of technology, especially...

Low Postassium linked to Anxiety and Sleep Disturbance

Potassium is a common mineral in our body that helps with just about every bodily function. Potassium is a mineral that is used by the body cells to create an electrical conduction system across the cell membrane. These cell membrane transmissions promote heart...