• Back to School : COVID Edition

    In the next few weeks, children all over the country will be returning to school during one of the most unusual and challenging times of our generation.  Although there is still a debate on whether or not this is a prudent idea at this point, the reality is the return to school is an inevitability.  Regardless Continue Reading

  • Emotional Impact of COVID-19

    As COVID 19 continues to linger across our nation, the effects of the virus are becoming clear.  While the physical toll the virus takes on those afflicted is obvious, we are starting to see how quarantine and “shelter in place” orders have affected people in a myriad of different ways.  Perhaps not surprisingly, I am Continue Reading

  • Cultural Borderline Personality Style

    Let’s imagine that a client named Linda walks into my clinical office complaining about emotional instability and difficulty with interpersonal relationships.  As I conduct my assessment, I ask her to describe her emotional reactivity and she recounts numerous instances in which she is sad, irritable, and anxious in reaction to day-to-day events.  Usually her emotional Continue Reading

  • Fear and Control: The Answer is Surrender

    One of the most interesting aspects of a psychology practice is the ebb and flow of my patients’ emotional regulation. There are times when people have personal situations and even biological predispositions that create an increase in the severity of the symptoms they experience day to day.  For instance, specific situations, like the break up Continue Reading

  • Beauty Out of the Ashes

    Can beauty come out of the ashes? That’s a question many of us are asking as we look squarely at the devastation the Coronavirus has wrought in our country.  It really does seem like the world is on fire as we watch the death toll rise, the economy crash, and the grind of the quarantine Continue Reading

  • Fix What’s Perfect

    You have two choices: You can hire the Valedictorian of the senior class at Harvard or the guy who just barely scraped by at the bottom of Harvard’s latest graduating class. What’s it going to be? When presented with these options, most people say they would jump at the chance to hire the Valedictorian. Believe Continue Reading

  • Coronavirus shopping: Why your brain makes you hoard and how to fix it

    Just a few weeks ago as many of us were doing life as usual, it seemed as if the stability of our world was fairly certain. The economy was roaring. The stock market was strong. Everything seemed steady. Unremarkable. Predictable. Then, a new strain of coronavirus called COVID-19 changed everything. In a matter of one Continue Reading

  • The Zone

    It was June of 1992 and the Portland Trailblazers were pulling ahead of the Chicago Bulls in game 1 of the NBA Championship. As a Bulls fan, I was flat out nervous because it seemed as if the game was slipping away from my team. Coach Phil Jackson called a time-out to inspire his Bulls to Continue Reading