What Self-Care is & What it Ain’t

I am a clinical psychologist who specializes in integrative care, or whole-health care. Self-care is a big part of my personal and professional value system. Most people think of self-care as: -Massages and spa trips -Bubble baths -Get your hair, nails, and feet done (i.e., get a mani/pedi) -Relaxing on the beach on faraway island […]

3 Simple Grounding Techniques 

What are grounding techniques? Grounding techniques help you connect with the present moment and become more aware of your surroundings. These practices can be helpful in reducing stress, anxiety, and negative thoughts. Here are three grounding techniques you can use today!  Focus on Your Breath Find a comfortable seated position or lie down. Close your […]

Self-care Tips for Seasonal Affective Disorder

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?  Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)  is a mood disorder associated with seasonal changes. It is commonly seen as depression during the fall and winter months. Some symptoms of SAD include sleep problems, changes in appetite, low energy, difficulty concentrating, and feeling depressed. Here are some self-care tips to help alleviate some […]

Navigating Holiday Stress

Holidays can be a stressful time for many of us. Whether it be stress caused by family, stress caused by breaks in routine, or seasonal depression it is essential to lean on your coping skills. Here are some tips for navigating holiday stress this year! Shift your perspective For many of us, the holidays bring […]

3 Ways to Improve Your Executive Functioning 

by Masa Shah What is Executive Functioning? Executive Functioning refers to our cognitive ability to plan, execute, and complete tasks and projects. In other words, it is our ability to break down tasks and evaluate how we can complete them. Having strong executive functioning skills can make life a lot easier, especially in school and […]

The Psychology of Affirmations

by Dr. Monica Blied What are affirmations?  Affirmations are positive phrases and statements that help to affirm and encourage oneself. You have likely heard or used affirmations in your own life. When you tell yourself “I can do this” before you give a presentation or when you let out a big sigh and gasp “I’m […]

How to Manage Your Thoughts

by Dr. Monica Blied What is Thought Management?  Stress management often starts with our thoughts. Although it can feel like your thoughts are out of your control, you can learn to consciously and mindfully guide them. Thought management is an effective skill that can help you feel more relaxed and in control over your emotions. […]

What is Brainspotting?

Did you know that where you look affects how you feel? Dr. David Grand discovered this phenomenon in 2003 when he developed a new powerful brain-based therapy called “Brainspotting.” Brainspotting is used to identify, process, and releaseemotional and bodily pain that we may not have access to in our conscious minds. It isoften used to […]