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    Set For Life, Breathe

    Posted on January 23, 2016 by in Anxiety, Depression, grief and loss, Psychotherapist Rockville MD

    Set For Life, Breathe   The last few weeks I’ve written on the theme, ‘if you can relax in any position, you will be set for life.” Last week I wrote about gathering supports. Once supports are in place, just breathe. Many of us on the East Coast did this in real time this past […]

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    Why Feel?

    Posted on October 24, 2015 by in Anxiety, Depression, grief and loss, Psychotherapist Rockville MD

    Why Feel? Can you imagine being unable to feel physical pain? You would not know your coffee is too hot to drink, your ankle is broken, or that you stayed too long in the sun. Can you imagine being unable to feel emotional pain? You would not know someone was mean to you, dangerous to […]

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    Do You Pay Regular Visits To Yourself?

    Posted on October 18, 2015 by in Anxiety, Depression, grief and loss, Psychotherapist Rockville MD

    Do You Pay Regular Visits To Yourself? My favorite poet, Rumi, asks this question, followed by “Start Now.” Paying regular visits to yourself means you learn to be with your mind, body, and spirit, just as you are. Over time, you learn to tolerate all that comes up when you do this courageous act of […]

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    Psychotherapy? Ewww That Sounds Scary!

    Posted on September 19, 2015 by in Anxiety, Depression, grief and loss, Psychotherapist Rockville MD

      Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. Soren Kierkegaard Psychotherapy? Eww That Sounds Scary! After watching me tack my business card to the bulletin board at the healthy food store, the teenager carrying my groceries to the car asked me what I do. I’m a psychotherapist, I […]

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    The Opposite of Depression: Vitality

    Posted on June 1, 2015 by in Depression, grief and loss, Psychotherapist Rockville MD

    Today I was thinking about the inspiration for Vitality Weekly, Andrew Solomon’s quote, “The opposite of depression is not happiness but vitality…” (The entire quote is worth a read. Here’s the link: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/555275-the-opposite-of-depression-is-not-happiness-but-vitality-and) Happiness is desirable AND we live amidst tremendous political, social, cultural, and personal turmoil. We experience the effect of the sorrow in […]

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    Good Coming Out Of Darkness

    Posted on June 1, 2015 by in Anxiety, Depression, grief and loss, Psychotherapist Rockville MD

    …Good Coming Out of the Darkness…   These words, in the title of a Monday April 20, 2015 Washington Post article marking the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing of a federal building, caught my eye. This phrase captures the essence of Vitality Weekly. Whatever challenge, difficulty, darkness you, I, we as a group, […]

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    Lean Boldly Into Joy

    Posted on May 16, 2015 by in Depression, grief and loss, Psychotherapist Rockville MD

    This week I am reading a book by Brene Brown called Daring Greatly. If you haven’t seen or heard about Brene (Ted Talk, You Tube, Oprah, etc.), I suggest you look at her work. Hey, not now! Finish Vitality Weekly first! Okay, I’ll make it brief. Brene spent the past 15 years researching shame and […]

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    Good Coming Out Of Darkness

    Posted on May 9, 2015 by in grief and loss, Psychotherapist Rockville MD

    …Good coming out of darkness….These words, in the title of a Monday April 20, 2015 Washington Post article marking the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing of a federal building, caught my eye. This phrase captures the essence of Vitality Weekly. Whatever challenge, difficulty, darkness you, I, we as a group, may experience, we […]

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    Sing Your Song

    Posted on April 11, 2015 by in Depression, grief and loss

    What does that mean, to sing your song? You are naturally doing just that every day! As you express yourself as the unique one that you are, your song comes through. Some moments your song is a song of grief and your expression is wailing. Some moments your song is joy and your expression is […]

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    Rebirth

    Posted on April 5, 2015 by in Depression, grief and loss, Psychotherapist Rockville MD

    Rebirth Years ago when my children were young, we would rise early on Easter morning, bundle up against the spring chill, and head to church for the outdoor sunrise service. At the end of the service, the minister handed each of us a pipe cleaner, a sheet of tissue paper, and a straight pin. He […]

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