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Do I have trust issues? How to identify and overcome trust issues in a relationship

Trust issues are characterized by fear of betrayal, abandonment, or manipulation. And this fear is often triggered as a result of betrayal (such as infidelity), abandonment (think: leaving a child or foregoing a relationship with them), or manipulation (for example, dishonesty or gaslighting). If you’re reading this, it’s possible that…

How to regulate your emotions using the Internal Emotion Thermometer, a therapist’s tried and true technique

I’m about to put myself out of a job. Okay, I may be exaggerating a bit, but I do think the following idea could decrease a lot of arguments and lead to better relationships. Introducing: The Internal Emotion Thermometer Let’s first think about the concept of having an internal emotion…

Meditation doesn’t do the dishes: Self-care tips for parents with burnout

There’s a difference between self-soothing and self-care. The former offers short-term relief while the latter can contribute to greater wellbeing that lasts. Self-care for parents isn’t the same as me-time or self-improvement. It’s sustainable, nourishing, and compassionate.  Checking in with yourself doesn’t have to feel like another chore, and you…

Exceptional, not disordered: How we can all help neurodiverse children belong 

Neurodiversity is a term coined by sociologist Judy Singer to refer to natural variations in the human brain, driven by epigenetics.  The neurodiversity movement rejects the idea that people with ADHD, autism, and other neurodevelopmental conditions are somehow defective. As a society we need to value and accommodate neurodiverse children…

How to create a successful self-care routine: Choose practices that align with your values and interests, decide that you are worthy, and more

An effective self-care strategy requires identifying practices that work specifically for you: practices that you’ll enjoy engaging in and stick to. You can identify these practices by asking yourself, “What self-care practices align with my values and my interests?’ For example, if you’re a people-person and relationships are most important…

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