It seems like the word fear has popped up a lot lately.  The political situation.  The pandemic.  Just two name a couple of the latest reasons to experience fearful thoughts lately. My clients often talk about another reason for fear.  Their medical diagnosis.  I most often hear this from newly-diagnosed clients, who are still processing […]

I am not a big fan of winter. As I get older, I think I get less fond of winter every year. January and February are, to me, the worst months. However, where I live, in New York, it’s pretty cold from November into April. Still, March will offer a glimmer, just a glimmer, of […]

Be aware that mental health diagnoses like depression and anxiety may occur concurrently with chronic conditions and chronic pain.  The word co-morbidity would apply here.  And I can say from my own personal experience as a psychotherapist that many of my clients living with chronic conditions and chronic pain do indeed have a dual diagnosis […]

One of the conversations I have most often with my clients is about situations in which they are not being listened to.  Ignored.  Sidelined.  Treated as if they are invisible.   Feeling left to suffer with their chronic pain alone.  In a word: marginalized. And keep in mind that that the result of being marginalized can leave […]

Words are powerful. The words you use when you talk to other people, and the words you use in your own mind. Including the words you use to describe yourself. As humans, we have a way of living up to our labels. So if you are constantly putting yourself down, giving yourself labels like “loser,” […]

I often talk with clients about their loneliness, their challenges in meeting people and building a support network. It has been my recent experience that the COVID-19 isolation has intensified the feelings of loneliness for many people, whether or not they are living with a chronic condition. Take a look at my article on building […]

Glad, sad, mad, scared, ashamed…?  These are some of the words therapists use to help get their clients started on identifying their feelings.  You might be using these words, among many others, to identify your own feelings.  If so, good for you!  However, you might also find yourself to be not so comfortable in talking […]

I am totally physician friendly. I am not at all about getting down on doctors. However… I do often hear complaints from my clients about their relationship with their doctor. One of the complaints is about physicians, as well as other healthcare providers, who seem to be evading their questions. Of course, there may be […]

So, you and your partner are spending a lot of time together these days.  Most likely, that’s an understatement.  During this pandemic, many couples are 24/7.  So you would think you would be so used to each other at this point that you wouldn’t be getting on each other’s nerves.  I mean, you’ve had plenty […]