I remember having one of those childhood toy boxes with the cut-out shapes on the lid, where you were supposed to fit the right shape into the right hole. What great satisfaction there was in finding the right fit. But also what frustration and confusion when you could not. Maybe you see where I’m going with this. I spent a lot of time, even into adulthood, metaphorically feeling like the kid trying to figure out what to do with the “wrong shape”.[Continue Reading…]
Having a family member or member of your community who identifies as being part of the LGBTQ+ community might leave you feeling uneasy, unsure how to act, or even disapproving or avoidant. Is what you’re doing helping or hurting them? How can you be supportive without compromising your own values? This blog will hopefully give you some answers as to the best practices in promoting positive well-being and health for this community.[Continue Reading…]
Remember a couple months ago when I was talking about the pre-doctoral internship application process that I’m in? Well, I just finished all of my interviews and submitted my rankings, leaving the fate of my future in the non-existent hands of some complicated matching algorithm. The hardest part of this whole process for me was deciding how to rank these potential sites, so this month I wanted to talk about how I made this literally life-altering decision.
Do you feel like every time you blink there’s another letter added onto LGBT? Does the term pansexual sound like a Sci-Fi novel to you? Are you confused at the difference between gender and sex? Then this is for you. In my next two blogs, I want to help provide a little bit of education on the language around the LGBTQ+ community and how families can contribute to the health and safety of this community.
For those of us who celebrate Christmas, you and/or the children in your life have probably feared the dreaded promise of coal from Santa for being “naughty”. Let’s face it, we’re all naughty sometimes, even during the holidays. With the fear of being a Scrooge, I’ve decided to talk about how to try and minimize that inevitable naughtiness of children this holiday season – so the children can get their gifts, of course. And maybe also so you can regain some sanity.
Coming to you this month from above the clouds. I’ve been given a very unique privilege of traveling to an island I’ve never heard of to represent one of my nations of citizenship in an international soccer tournament. For the past two weeks, people keep asking me, “are you excited?” To which I think- this is an amazing experience! So why does excitement feel like it’s at the bottom of the string of emotions I’m feeling?[Continue Reading…]
To those of you who share my love for 1990’s rom-coms, you may remember this particular exchange from 10 Things I Hate About You:
Chastity: “I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be, like, whelmed?”
Bianca: “I think you can in Europe.” [Continue Reading…]
Whether you’ve just lost a job, are trying something new, received a poor grade, or experienced some sort of rejection or loss, we’ve all had moments of waning confidence in our selves and our abilities. [Continue Reading…]
Recently, I’ve had several conversations with peers about how difficult it is to interact with people on the opposite side of controversial issues such as politics, religion, and race relations. The things that we feel passionately about that, when someone else challenges, really gets the blood pumping. What I’ve told my friends is this – practice being a therapist. [Continue Reading…]
You’ve had a long day at work, caring for your kids, or however you spend your busy days. You’ve eaten dinner, finally get everyone in bed, and settle in for your favorite Netflix show and a moment of peace, when a little voice emerges from the hall calling your name in distress. Maybe instead you have a child that tricks you into thinking you’re home free, then sneaks into your bed in the middle of the night. Kids having trouble sleeping is an all too common occurrence that can be very stressful for both the child and their parents. [Continue Reading…]