When I first started in private practice, I put up a website and signed up for MailChimp. I embedded a newsletter sign-up on my site, even though I had no idea what information I would be including in that newsletter, or how often I would be sending it. As you can imagine, I didn't get many subscribers. At the time, I knew that having a newsletter was a good idea, but I didn't understand the purpose of an email list.Read More
What do you imagine when you hear the word "simplicity"? I picture a minimalist home (uncluttered, not stark), sunshine, a warm-ish breeze flowing through clean, open windows, and myself reading in a comfy chair. Sounds dreamy, right?
But, it's not the visual components of my vision that are the most appealing, it's the sense, or experience, of that vision--the lack of urgency for anything other than being here, now.
What is your picture perfect simple life?Read More
Being a therapist is rewarding and challenging; the challenging aspects of our work can take a toll on us personally, which is why it may be wise, at times, to seek therapy. In addition to client work, our training leaves its mark on our everyday functioning and interactions. I have found that the introspection, observation, and attunement that I have developed as a therapist can lead me to overanalyze and experience stressors fully. I am not sure how else to describe this; we therapists see differently. Perhaps some of this is specific to personality type, and perhaps some of it is a result of skills developed within our profession that are difficult to “turn off.”
For this reason, it's commonly accepted that therapists should be in ongoing therapy.Read More
Leslie Baker, LMFT, practices in California, and she specializes in Integrative Play Therapy. She graciously accepted my invitation to talk about one of the common presenting issues in her practice: The use of technology and social media within families.Read More