Category Archives: Mindfulness

Column Image Self-Compassion

When faced with a stressful situation, we might blame ourselves or judge ourselves negatively. While listening to another person talking about the same stressful situations, we are likely to show more caring and kindness. Why is it so hard to offer the same kindness to ourselves that we so easily … Continue reading >

Posted in Depression, Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Stress |

Column Image A Mind Game

Mindfulness, meaning focused awareness, is a concept of increasing popularity among mental health professionals. Mindfulness training for clients focuses on internal and external experiences in the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness interventions can be beneficial in everyday life. Not only adults stand to benefit from focusing awareness on the present … Continue reading >

Posted in Children, Mindfulness, Sleep/Relaxation, Stress |

Column Image Getting Unstuck: Living with Purpose

Are you stuck in a place you do not want to be?  Are you disheartened to find a great distance between who you are and the person you would like to be?  Are you stuck in old patterns, habits, or autopilot behaviors?  Do you experience thoughts that discourage change or … Continue reading >

Posted in Mindfulness, Personal Improvement |

Column Image The Mindful Parent

Take a moment to pause and reflect on the word “parent”.  If you are a parent, you might be thinking about the daily challenges you face: alone-time is probably non-existent, and despite feeling successful at work or in other areas, you might feel ineffective as a parent (particularly when trying … Continue reading >

Posted in Children, Mindfulness, Parenting |

Column Image Learning to Manage Impulses Effectively

Many people have difficulty controlling their impulses. At one time or another, we may act on urges to stay home from work on a rainy day or raise an angry voice in disagreement. Such impulses arise daily. For some, they come throughout the day; for others, such feelings come out … Continue reading >

Posted in Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Stress, Uncategorized |

Column Image Building Blocks for Emotional Resilience

Changes, stress, and obstacles seem to be an inevitable part of life. Part of effectively coping with these challenges is learning how to be flexible and adapt to the pain that enters our lives. Pain can take the form of many things, including intense emotion, loss, health problems, or relationship … Continue reading >

Posted in Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress |

Column Image Mindful Eating for a Successful Holiday Season

Winter has finally made its way to San Diego! Along with the cooler weather and shorter nights, many Americans are finding themselves in the middle of the holiday season. Whether or not this time of year holds significance for celebrating holidays, winter is a time that begs for comfort food … Continue reading >

Posted in Holidays, Mindfulness, Personal Improvement |

Column Image Helping Teens Cope with Social Anxiety

Adolescence is a time of uncertainty and change. It is a period of adjustment when children develop autonomy; learn more about themselves and transition into young adulthood. It’s natural for teens feel self-conscious, nervous or shy in font of others during this time. Many teens experience a racing heart, sweaty … Continue reading >

Posted in Anxiety, Mindfulness, Stress, Teens |

Column Image Forgiveness: A Way to Move On

Often times in therapy, a client I am working with is able to recognize the overall improvements they have made. They feel happier, the symptoms they once had are minimal or gone, relationships are improved and they feel more confident. However, they may still feel some underlying disappointment or pain, … Continue reading >

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Column Image Relaxation Exercises for Your Body and Mind

Stress! It’s a feeling that most people can relate to and it happens more often than we would like. Not only does stress cause us to think negatively, but it can make us feel physically uncomfortable too. Coping with stress effectively, before you feel overwhelmed, can help to prevent longer-term negative … Continue reading >

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