Holidays are stressful for those of us with family and those without family. You can’t choose your family, but you have the power to control what effect family has on your life and to set boundaries. And you can make your own family of friends. Read more


There are certain points in your career that will be engraved in you, the memory of which will be at your side as much as you might try to distance yourself. It is a moment like this that I will try to convey to you as concisely as is possible. Read more


Feelings of grief will not stop for a holiday, a wedding, or other “cheerful” event. Coping with grief during the holidays is challenging and requires support and understanding. Read more


When you’re under siege with guidance about how to move forward in the New Year, I don’t think you necessarily need to compile New Year’s Resolutions. Read more

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To paraphrase Charles Dickens: These are the “worst of times” for stress; these are the “best of times” for self-care! Holidays are particularly stressful for helping professionals. The Season of Stress calls for even more intentional self-care. Read more

Self Care 2 Comments

It is essential to remind ourselves and our clients that we are not working to eliminate painful affect states. We are working to find the tools to survive the inevitability of these states. Read more

Real World Clinical

The idea of resolutions and why they conflict so much with actual self-care is that they are resolute, clear, black and white. Nothing that we do falls under this heading. Read more

Real World Clinical

The insidious, universal buy-in about the sheer “goodness” of gratitude & forgiveness feels frighteningly unquestioned & reductive. The ideas of gratitude & forgiveness, while not necessarily intertwined, are often sold together as sister products. Read more

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Looking at the movie, It's a Wonderful Life, Addison Cooper asks social workers to take a look at their own lives and the impact they have made as we enter and look forward to a new year. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

We are entering the series of holidays I call the Holiday Triangle. We have embraced this triangle with the intentions of joyfulness, happiness, and fulfillment. Within this process, we have done so many people the disservice of expecting happiness. Read more

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