Bloodline and the Roots of Bad Behavior

December 30th, 2015

Bloodline

I recently watched the first season of Bloodline. One of the main characters, Danny, behaves very badly to his family, including lying, threatening and manipulating. At the end of the season, he reveals his psychological truth and why he behaves this way.

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Infant Loss and Awareness Month

October 30th, 2014

Infant Loss and Awareness Month

The month of October was marked as Infant Loss and Awareness Month in 1988. One of the intentions is to provide information and resources for parents impacted by miscarriage, stillbirth, interruption of a wanted pregnancy after prenatal diagnosis, or death in the first year of life.

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Affirmations for Surgery and Medical Procedures

April 2nd, 2014

Affirmations for Surgery

One of my colleagues is undergoing surgery in a few months, so I’ve been thinking about the power of guided imagery and affirmations when preparing for and recovering from surgery or other medical procedures.

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Continuing Education

July 2nd, 2013

Continuing Education

I’m back at the office after an extended leave, and while I was away, I completed a number of continuing education courses. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, I complete at least 36 units of continuing education every two years.

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Away From the Office

December 1st, 2012

AwayFromOffice

I’m on an extended leave from the office until June 2013. If you’d like to speak with a therapist while I’m away, you are welcome to call my colleague, Linda Cunningham, Ph.D., at 415.346.6363. If you’d like to be notified when I return, please fill out this form on my contact page. Thanks for your understanding.

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Some Inspirations

September 28th, 2012

Inspirations

Some of my favorite follows on Twitter are teachers and mentors who post aspirational quotes and sayings. They serve as momentary breaks from the action of the day and reminders that we can connect more deeply with the moment and with ourselves.

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Reading Memoirs

August 14th, 2012

ReadingMemoirs

Honest and well-written memoirs are good to read when going through a hard time or processing big life events. Hearing someone else’s story can help us understand what we’re going through and feel less alone. Here are a few memoirs that I’ve read and recommend. They’re very different from each other, but each one affected me deeply.

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Differentiating Self-Injury and Suicide

June 30th, 2012

DifferentiatingSelf-InjurySuicide

I’ve been reading an excellent book by Barent W. Walsh called Treating Self-Injury: A Practical Guide. Walsh draws important distinctions between self-injury and suicide, which is useful for both clients and therapists to understand. He deconstructs the stigma and misunderstanding that self-injuring people go through and helps clinicians develop the most relevant ways to think about and help their clients.

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Restorative Yoga at Home

May 17th, 2012

RestorativeYogaHome

Restorative yoga is a good practice. It helps relieve the effects of stress by providing a completely supportive environment where you alternately stimulate and relax the body to move toward balance. This quiets the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides a “recovery phase” for all the activity of the world. Here’s a simple restorative yoga posture that you can try at home.

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Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

April 18th, 2012

AdultSurvivorsChildAbuseSanFrancisco

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The first Federal child protection legislation was passed in 1974 and growing awareness of child abuse and child welfare continued to develop through the 80s and 90s. My practice includes adults who are survivors of child abuse who grew up during these time periods. While much of Child Abuse Prevention Month is focused on the well-being of today’s families, it’s a good opportunity to share information and resources for adult survivors too.

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