Is Your Therapist an LGBTQ+ Ally?

LBGTQ+ people face challenges every day. Finding an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist is essential. Someone that will see you, hear you and honor your identity. Even within Read more

Respecting Symptoms

One of the major contributions modern psychiatry has afforded individuals, couples, families and groups in clinical settings is the reduction of symptoms through psychopharmaceutical drugs. One of the tenets of Read more

Dealing With Conflict

Situations that we believe will produce conflict, tend to be very difficult for most people. This is usually because we wish to be liked and do not want people to Read more

Five Basic Needs

BY SHU-HAN SU, LPC, CADC, CTRTC Based on the Choice Theory and Reality Therapy by Dr. William Glasser COVID-19 has impacted millions of lives and created challenges globally. The pandemic has also Read more

Therapy in the time of COVID

It has now been about a few months since COVID-19 disrupted our daily lives. With the implementation of social distancing, PPE and closed offices, counseling has been moved from the Read more

Your Secret is Safe With Me

We all know the pain of sharing a secret with whom we hoped was a trusted listener, only to be violated when our secret is shared without our permission.  This Read more

The Art Of Apologizing

You may be familiar with some common phrases used to apologize such as “Sorry, I apologize”, “My bad”, “Sorry if”, “My apologies”, or My mistake.” These phrases can be viewed Read more

Gratitude and Giving: 10 Self-Care Tips for the Holidays

November is a month filled with opportunities to celebrate. It is also a time to focus on self-care before the holiday season gets any more intense. One way to tend Read more

Self-Compassion

“To err is human.”  All human beings are imperfect.  We all have flaws and we all make mistakes.  No human being is exempt from this universal reality.  Because imperfection is Read more

Combating Anger And Anxiety On The Go

Life can get stressful, anxiety can consume, and depression can overwhelm. Worries and stress can take over no matter if you’re at home, work, or even spending time with love Read more

How To Improve Your Work Life

In addressing the purpose of life, Sigmund Freud famously said "Work and love, love and work - that's all there is."  So given this imperative, as adults it is important Read more

The Way To Be Happy and Healthy

Generations of Harvard University researchers tracked the physical and emotional well being of hundreds of men from 1938 to 2014 . The researchers surveyed, interviewed, sampled blood and took brain scans Read more

Negotiations in Relationships

I have many clients who come to me because of a "relationship problem". They say they need help communicating better. But oftentimes, it means is that they are having difficulties Read more

Response Versus Reaction

More than 90% of human behavior is reactionary. Every day, people are faced with lots of things that require them to think, feel or act. In fact, all human behavior generally Read more

Addiction To Our Minds?

It may sound a bit strange but we are addicted to our own minds; in particular, our very own thoughts and emotions. This requires further explanation so here we go. In India, Read more

"The Art of Silence Appreciation"

It is nearly impossible to escape from noise, especially in the city.  Growing up in Chicago, there is constant background noise. I remember a trip to the open country as a Read more

"Is It Okay For Me to Get Help?"

I have written about this a lot so it might not be new to many of you but I feel that we need to bring mental health out of the Read more

"7 Steps to Better Sleep"

We must take care of our sleep habits just as we pay heed to healthy nutrition. Most of us are aware of feeling physically tired when we don’t get a Read more

"How We Grieve"

“Most of what I am is what I’ve lost.”- from Animals Out of Paper, by Rajiv Joseph   It is a truism that we can’t go through life without loss; none of Read more

"Wanna Know What Your Therapist Really Thinks???"

S/he: believes you are ‘Insightful and Aware’ such that you knew it was time to ask for help. sees your ‘Resiliency’ in action each time you show up for the appointment. collaborates with you because they understand Read more

“Too Much”

“Too Much usually isn’t a good thing for any of us. Too much time working causes us to have little free time. Too much television leads us to be inactive. Read more

"Ways To Create A Meaningful Holiday Experience"

Halloween decorations were lingering in the yards and children were just finishing up their bags of candy when discussions of Thanksgiving and Christmas plans began to emerge. We all plan Read more

"The Great Balancing Act: 9 Quotes to Help You Stay Positive"

Life is one great balancing act between family, friends, work, love and health.  Learning to balance all the different parts takes a special kind of talent.  We all have days Read more

"7 Tips On How To Beat The Procrastination Blues"

Procrastinating is a strange phenomena. Dictionary.com defines it as “putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention.” We usually procrastinate with things we prefer not to do. However, for Read more

"Finding The Right Therapist"

Finding the right therapist is an important task that you should not take lightly. First, think about any preferences you may have. Would you work better with a woman or a Read more

"The Wrong Wall"

“People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.” The wisdom—and Read more

"Teach Your Children Well"

We often hear how important it is to feel good about ourselves. Positive self-esteem critically affects both work and social situations. But sometimes, in raising our children, we may overlook Read more

"The Talk"

Many of us parents, uncomfortable though we may be, feel we must have “the talk” with our teen and young adult children. We talk about sex, STDs, birth control, alcohol, Read more

"Should I Stay Or Should I Go"

Intimate relationships are key elements to our happiness and well-being. When they are not going well, both anxiety and depression can be the result. How do you know when you Read more

“Seeing Red"

What Is Anger? First of all, anger is normal! It is the one emotion that we have all shared. While not all of us will know depression, or substance problems, we all Read more

"Finding A Therapist"

There may be nothing more difficult than finding a therapist. Think about it if you will. You’re experiencing problems in your marriage, feeling depressed or anxious, in need of help Read more

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