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Category Archives: Mindfulness


Conflict (or disagreement) happens in relationships of all kinds – between romantic partners, a teen or adult child and parent, siblings, friends, business partners, supervisor and subordinate or co-workers.  One person’s wants, needs or preferences differ from someone else’s in Read more…


Negative thinking leads to depression and vice versa, which increases risk of recurrent and chronic depression.  Growing evidence suggests the brain forms biochemical “scars” so that even normal events and emotions disproportionately trigger negative thoughts. On their own, thoughts come Read more…


In my last blog, I talked about what gets in the way of self-compassion and shared a link to test how self-compassionate you are.  Since then, I have done more reading and thinking about how to cultivate self-compassion and the Read more…


Most of us are fairly good at living by the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” at least as it relates to those closest to us. Ironically, most of us are not so good at showing Read more…


There’s lots of talk about resilience these days and just as many questions about what it is, the characteristics of resilient individuals and whether and to what extent it can be learned. The experience of “stressful” or “traumatic” events doesn’t Read more…


A mighty oak will not fall in one swing of the ax; a formidable foe will not fall after a single punch; a powerful army will not raise the white flag after one shot fired; and a chess master will Read more…


Your thoughts are just thoughts. They have no meaning other than the meaning you give to them. You are not the sum of your thoughts. Your thoughts do not define who you are. They are fleeting, here one moment, gone Read more…


Mary and her husband, John, have the same predictable fight week after week. John cheated on Mary five years ago and she can’t let it go.  When John is late getting home from work, which happens frequently, she obsesses he’s Read more…


DBT therapists constantly advise clients to USE SKILLS—I’m sure sometimes to the point of sounding like a broken record. Of course we do this because DBT is an evidence-based treatment that combines individual therapy with phone coaching and skills training Read more…

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