Mental Health

In the United States, discussion of individual therapy is at an all-time high. We more readily make the connection between the trying circumstances many of us are living through and the resultant impact on our mental health. Often, we expect there will be biases and barriers...

When I first took over ownership of Chicago Mindful Psychotherapy, there had been a monthly blog post written by the previous owner. I inherited this responsibility and, for the first few months, I put it off until the last minute and threw something together. Eventually...

What is Gaslighting? A lot has been written over the past six years about gaslighting, which is a form of psychological abuse that leads a victim to doubt their own sanity, perception of the world, and their own feelings. The term comes from a play by...

Sunday “scaries,” bubbling anxiety, paranoia, restless nights. One could say I am in active recovery from perfectionism. Not only that, but I have been setting the intention to separate myself from, and challenge, romanticized stories of hard work. The kind of hard work that celebrates...

Few of us would argue about the importance of sleep in our lives. We’re quite familiar with the espoused standard that adults need about 8 hours per night. Despite our awareness of the importance of this activity, where we spend approximately a third of our lives, this...

I am on a lifelong trajectory of unlearning my tendencies to be a people-pleaser. If you notice yourself having people-pleasing urges, then you might be able to resonate with this concept. While I do my best to be intentional around others, during times of distress or tension,...

Imagine you want to get back into running after not doing it for a year. If you expected yourself to be able to traverse the same distances you did previously without stopping, or match your personal best speed, you would likely be disappointed. You will be rusty....

Yes, there are a few progressive changes in how our culture is embracing individuals’ rights to share emotions, feelings, and to express pain. Through social media, television, literature, activism, and the devastation of the pandemic, our public language is slowly beginning to shift. It’s...

Finding our way. What a statement. I write this in context as I stop to pause and think about the state of the world and the state of our hearts. There is always much uncertainty. There is much sadness. As much as we might like to...