How to be a friend during the holidays to people who’ve had a bad year

BuzzFeed | Press Contribution, 2018   What are 1-3 examples of struggles that pop up for people during the holidays, in terms of mental health? Around the holidays, a lot of people struggle with feelings of loneliness. During this time of year, family bonds are highlighted and romanticized in commercials, ads, movies, TV shows, etc. In reality, many people have difficulties with their family relationships; past hurts that were never

How to know when someone is mooching off of you in a relationship/friendship

Bravo | Press Contribution, 2018   Q: How do you know if someone is mooching off you in a relationship? How do you address and identify it? A: How do you know if someone is mooching off you in a relationship? I would say the best indicator of an unequal friendship is your gut feeling that something isn’t quite right. Most of us have had the experience of giving more

Self Sabotage Q&A

The Epoch Times | Press Contribution, 2018   Why do we self-sabotage? How can there be a part of us that works against our conscious goals? What can we do to bring it to light? How bad can it get? Or how did they finally turn it around?   The specific reasons why we self-sabotage vary between individuals but at the core, it is a defense against feeling something much

Jobs Sociopaths are Most Likely to Have

Bustle | Press Contribution, 2018   Sociopaths are people with antisocial personality disorder. The defining feature of sociopaths is their lack of what most of us experience as a guilty conscience. Sociopaths don’t experience remorse or guilt for breaking rules or getting “over on people” the way others do. They thrive on manipulation, power, and aggression. Sociopaths are drawn to jobs that allow them to channel some of their antisocial

Depression Q&A

Psych Central | Press Contribution, 2018   What are some important questions that you ask clients who are struggling with depression? I always ask my clients about any notable changes in their mood, their thoughts, and their overall habits. For example, it is important to find out whether people are finding their daily routines progressively unmanageable or overwhelming; have they noticed a change in their sleep or appetite, or libido?