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Avoidance and Exposure

Avoidance and Exposure

I’m sure the words, “avoidance,” and, “exposure,” are both common enough that you probably have a pretty good working definition for each. What I’m hoping to do with this blog post is to explore what those ideas mean, how they’re related, and how they come up in...
Rainy Days

Rainy Days

Recently I came across Longfellow’s poem, “The Rainy Day”, and since hearing it I’ve thought of it often. Back in the fall, during one of Chicago’s windy rainstorms, I thought about sharing it here: The Rainy Day – Longfellow The day is cold, and dark, and...
Avoiding Burnout

Avoiding Burnout

I don’t know if it’s COVID, the current political climate, my own workload at the moment (my guess is, it’s a combination of all of those things), but I feel like I’m seeing burnout left and right. Whether you are a therapist, a lawyer, a parent, a medic, a student,...
The Only Way Out is Through

The Only Way Out is Through

I’m not sure when I first heard this phrase, and I’m not even sure where it originated! But, it is a saying that I’ve found relevant time and time again, in both my own life and my clinical work. The only way out is through. For better or worse, struggle is a part of...
I am Who I Think You Think I am

I am Who I Think You Think I am

I’ve been thinking about that quote a lot lately, discussing it with clients, coworkers, and friends. I can’t get a clear answer on who initially said it, and I can’t even remember the first time I heard it. But in recent weeks, it has been on my mind.I think it gives...
Parenting a Child in Therapy

Parenting a Child in Therapy

As a parent, it can be difficult to decide to bring your child to therapy. Parenting is one of the areas in life where fear and shame are quick to show up. The stigma that is unfortunately still associated with therapy can make it really challenging, and really...