“Everything Happens for a Reason,” “This too shall pass,” “Just Let it Go” and other forms of Spiritual Bypassing that Actually do More Harm Than Good.

Many of us (myself included) have often said these well-meaning phrases.  Things like “Let go and Let God,” “They’re (your loved ones who have died) are in a better place now,” “God doesn’t give you anymore than you can handle” are intended to “make people feel better,” but when they are in place of acknowledging … Continue reading “Everything Happens for a Reason,” “This too shall pass,” “Just Let it Go” and other forms of Spiritual Bypassing that Actually do More Harm Than Good.

Hate To Tell You “Do-Gooders” But….People Pleasing is Just Another Form of Manipulation

Perhaps we have someone in our lives that we would consider a “bulldozer.” They seem to always get what they want and have a very hard time accepting “no” for an answer.  They are extremely convincing or downright dishonest and/or they only call us when they want something.  These are the characteristics that we generally … Continue reading Hate To Tell You “Do-Gooders” But….People Pleasing is Just Another Form of Manipulation

Why Your Relationship Might Be At The Root of You Not Ever Feeling Good Enough: Top 10 Signs of Narcissistic Abuse.

Some people may have narcissistic parents or are in romantic relationships or friendships with narcissists.  If you recognize some of these signs, it is likely that this person will have very little self-awareness.  Of course, I am in the business of believing that people can change, but remember- you can’t change others.  They will likely … Continue reading Why Your Relationship Might Be At The Root of You Not Ever Feeling Good Enough: Top 10 Signs of Narcissistic Abuse.

When you’re running on an empty bucket

Ideally, we are supposed to grow up with loving and protective parents that are curious about who we really are, they nurture and support us, they teach us how to protect ourselves and take care of ourselves. Our caregivers’ voices become our internal voice. We internalize the way they spoke to us as a way … Continue reading When you’re running on an empty bucket

The Introvert’s Holiday Survival Guide by Kristen McGeehon

https://youtu.be/hJy3JQhQ_dQ Do the holidays have you feeling anxious and exhausted already? All the chit chat and small talk and having to be cheerful and joyous - I feel exhausted just thinking about it! While it can be tempting to forgo all of the holiday events, connection and relationships are very important to our wellbeing; so, … Continue reading The Introvert’s Holiday Survival Guide by Kristen McGeehon

Want to turn down that worry? Get Outside!

The laundry is piling high, you’re behind at work, you’re worried about your kid’s performance in school, your boss is a jerk, and you and your partner haven’t had a date in two months.  Anxiety is kicking in! Perhaps it’s a steady stream of just constant worry or periodic freak outs.  Whatever your relationship with … Continue reading Want to turn down that worry? Get Outside!

Are You The Toxic One?

In my latest contribution to good therapy.org, I explore ten questions to ask if you are a toxic person? Do you shame people or try to compete with them when they are struggling or celebrating?  Maybe you indulge in attention-seeking behaviors on social media for some "snatch and grab" validation? It is my belief that … Continue reading Are You The Toxic One?

The Power of the Present Moment Experience Guest blogger Kristen McGeehon

Mindfulness has been a hot topic in our culture for some time now. Magazines have entire issues dedicated to this practice and its benefits. Mindfulness has been shown to decrease feelings of stress and depression, as well as contribute to a general improvement of physical health. Checking in with our thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and … Continue reading The Power of the Present Moment Experience Guest blogger Kristen McGeehon

Reclaiming Sexuality after Sexual Trauma

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5YasJVIL8M Finding a healthy sense of sexuality is one of the hardest, but most important things to do if you have sexual abuse, sexual assault or rape in your past.  There is a well-intentioned but misguided sense that rape or sexual assault is an act of power and not an act of sex.  This notion … Continue reading Reclaiming Sexuality after Sexual Trauma

How We can Stay Busy and Be “Lazy” at the Same Time

So let me first start off with a full disclosure, I strongly dislike the word lazy, but I used it to get your attention.  The word lazy is shaming and I don’t often see it really helping to get people back on track or back in action.  However, I think it is important to have … Continue reading How We can Stay Busy and Be “Lazy” at the Same Time