Retiring the Evil Eye

Retiring the Evil Eye

I grew up in New York and I lived in New York City before moving West in my twenties. As a child I was literally taught how to glare at people to let them know that they couldn’t take advantage of me. My family called it the “evil eye.” I was taught that if I smiled...
Empowering Relationships

Empowering Relationships

Power dynamics in relationships are endlessly fascinating to me. Think of someone in your life who triggers you and leaves you feeling “less than” when you are in their presence. Now think of someone in your life who listens to you and leaves you feeling seen and...
To the Darkness on the Winter Solstice

To the Darkness on the Winter Solstice

On this darkest day of the year, I feel compelled to write. I haven’t sent out a newsletter in over a year. I have been riding the rollercoaster of hope and despair as we navigate our way through this pandemic and through this time of divisiveness in our country and...
Trust in the Time of COVID

Trust in the Time of COVID

Anxiety is at an all-time high in our country and in our world.  The reports about mental health are just as overwhelming as the reports about the physical devastation that can be caused by the COVID-19 virus.  Having an invisible virus that could harm you potentially...
This is Getting on My Nerves: Polyvagal Theory and You

This is Getting on My Nerves: Polyvagal Theory and You

Does your mood ever change suddenly for reasons that you can’t explain?  Do you sometimes suddenly feel anxious or suddenly feel exhausted?  I can say yes to both of these questions and most likely you can, too.  I just spent four inspiring days at Kripalu in the...
Why I Prefer Longer Therapy Sessions

Why I Prefer Longer Therapy Sessions

I have worked as a therapist for 20 years and I have done things differently than most therapists for the majority of that time. I was taught in graduate school to recommend to every client that we meet weekly for a 50-minute session. I remember looking around the...