Let it Go Like Water off a Duck’s Back

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  Ever reference a cliché to a teenager and they have no idea what you are talking about? I said, “Like water off a duck’s back” to a client the other day, and she gave me that “What’s-off-who’s-now?” look.  I…


Are You Feeling Lonely?

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Are you feeling lonely this holiday? Loneliness is one of the worst feelings in the world. So many people feel alone, and holidays–since it seems as if everyone besides you is happy and warm–enhance these feelings. I am aware this…


Uncovering the Symbols Of Christmas

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I love symbols, and Christmas is full of them! Here are some that I picked up over the years. Twelve Symbols of Christmas 1. Light It is not a coincidence that the Christmas story takes place near the Northern Hemisphere’s…


Love On The Rocks

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This summer I spent some time with my dearest loves. Rocks. You know I love plants, but did you know that rocks are very close second? I made a commitment earlier this summer to lie on the ground three times a…


Why did you become a therapist?

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Last week, someone I just met asked me, “Why did you become a therapist?” The words, “I don’t know” flew out of my mouth. “You don’t know?” he said indignant. But I paused to think. I thought about all the…


How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count The Ways

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1. Make time for yourself to lie down and connect with the earth. Whether I can be outside or not, lying down supine on the earth is my favorite position to forgive.  To let everything go, I just imagine it…


Lovely Signs That We Are Not Alone

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In supervision today, I was telling my supervisee about how people who are hurting sometimes isolate themselves. A man described it to me last week as standing outside looking in the window of a house where a party is going…


New Year’s Mission

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Every Labor Day, I reflect on my life’s work. It is perfect timing with the start of the new academic year. Any “beginning” is a time for reflection on what’s worked in the past and what needs changing. Change is…