Coronavirus, aka COVID-19, is causing a global concern. As a marriage and family therapist, I focus on your concerns at the personal and interpersonal level. Whether or not you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, your anxiety levels may increase during this outbreak. Fear and anxiety are expected responses in a situation like this. Every behavior has a function and your fear is … [Read more...] about How Can You Prioritize Your Relationships and Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak?
When you look at the definition of compassion, you see that in Latin “passion” means “suffering” and “com” means “with”. So compassion means “with suffering”. As you may guess, “self-compassion” means “suffering with myself”. All of us suffer, and therefore it is impossible not to be compassionate, no matter how hard we try. Self-compassion is all about asking yourself, “How am I suffering with … [Read more...] about Self-Compassion: The Key That Opens the Door of Loving Yourself
If you are struggling with your voice being heard, your opinions being valued, or your boundaries and accomplishments being recognized, then you may be in a psychologically abusive relationship. In this blog, I provide you the top 5 most common signs of psychological abuse in relationships to help you to recognize if you are in an abusive relationship. Insulting A … [Read more...] about 5 Signs of Psychological Abuse
“Thinking errors” or “cognitive distortions” are extremely common patterns of thinking that every single person engages in. Some of us engage in these distorted ways of thinking daily, while others may only find themselves doing this when stressed. Thinking errors are completely normal and everyone has them but when they are too frequent or too intense, they can contribute to a problem such as … [Read more...] about Top 5 Most Common Thinking Errors
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it” – RUMI I wrote this blog for those who want to forgive and are ready to do so. If you are not ready to forgive or even to process what has happened, that is okay too. It’s not yet the right time for you to read this blog. When someone breaches your … [Read more...] about Forgiveness and the Barrier of Blame
A healthy relationship is a loving relationship. Love is a deep and vital emotion that satisfies certain needs, coupled with caring for and acceptance of the beloved and resulting in an intimate relationship. When I use the word “love” in this blog, I want you to think of “romantic love”. Often, I think of a relationship as a house - if you are in a relationship, you have a house. It may be … [Read more...] about The Structure of Healthy Relationships