“Why write? Because you’re alive and breathing and the natural world is a miraculous place that needs to be loved and celebrated and remembered.” ~ Barbara Abercrombie, A Year of Writing Dangerously

psych-centralAs an associate editor at PsychCentral.com, I pen pieces on everything from cultivating self-compassion to cultivating healthy relationships. You can catch up on my latest writing at Psych Central, and check out a selection of my articles below. 

I write a blog called Weightless, which focuses on loving our bodies and ourselves, at any weight, shape or size. Because, as Geneen Roth wrote in Women, Food and God, “It’s never been true, not anywhere at any time, that the value of a soul, of a human spirit, is dependent on a number on a scale.” 

I also pen a blog called Make a Mess all about reconnecting to our creativity. Which is really about reconnecting to ourselves. Because as psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott wrote, “it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.”  

Everyone is creative. Creative expression isn’t reserved for artists only. And it doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be making a messa glorious, fun, flawed mess. It can be making up stories. It can be sketching your self-portrait (no drawing experience required!). It can be doodling while you’re waiting in line. It can even be being wrong. It can be whatever you want it to be. 

 

– Published Work –

Here’s a selection of my published pieces on everything from anxiety to depression to therapy.

ANXIETY + STRESS

How to Stop Viewing Your Anxiety as the Enemy

How to Train Your Brain to Alleviate Anxiety

How to Halt and Minimize Panic Attacks

Top 10 Lesser-Known Self-Help Strategies for Anxiety

Living with an Anxiety Disorder

10 Practical Ways to Handle Stress

Panicked Over Public Speaking? A Holistic Approach That Helps

ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

21 Tips for Raising Kids with ADHD When You Have ADHD, Too

Solutions for Common ADHD Symptoms

A Toolkit for School Success: 15 Study Tips for Students with ADHD

ADHD & Productivity: 12 Strategies for Getting Things Done

ADHD’s Impact on Relationships: 10 Tips to Help

BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar Disorder: Helping Your Loved One Manage a Manic Episode

4 of the Biggest Barriers in Bipolar Disorder

Understanding & Coping with Cyclothymia

BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: When the Reflection Is Revolting

Demystifying Treatment for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

BODY IMAGE + DISORDERED EATING

What is Normal Eating? (linked to by The New York Times blog Well!)

Minding the Media: Examining an Editor’s Letter

6 Ways to Boost Your Body Image

9 Eating Lessons from Magazines

Eating Disorders Awareness Week: How Parents Can Help

BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

The Emotional Vulnerability of Borderline Personality Disorder

How to Help a Loved One with Borderline Personality Disorder, Part 1 & Part 2

CREATIVITY

DEPRESSION

Words of Hope for Anyone Struggling with Depression

When You Put on a Happy Face but You’re Really Depressed 

How Postpartum Depression is Different from Baby Blues

Personal Experiences of Depression

EDUCATION IN PSYCHOLOGY

6 Unusual Psychology Jobs

What I Wish I Knew in Grad School: Current and Former Students Share 16 Tips

12 Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Grad School

Choosing Between the PsyD and PhD Psychology Graduate Degrees

9 Ideas for Increasing Your Chances of Matching

8 Hints for Selecting an Internship Site

8 Tips for a Successful Internship

FAMILY + RELATIONSHIPS

15 Ways to Support a Loved One with Serious Mental Illness

5 Steps to a Successful Marriage

8 Myths of Fostering a Healthy Stepfamily

Surprising Findings on What Makes a Happy, Stable Marriage

Emotionally Focused Therapy: Bolstering Couples’ Emotional Bonds

When Mental Illness Strikes: Tips for Couples

Should You Tell Your Kids about Your Mental Illness?

The Myth of ‘The One’ and Other Relationship Fantasies

GRIEF + LOSS

Fatherless on Father’s Day

5 Creative Ideas for Keeping Your Loved One’s Memory Alive

HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY

A Forgotten Pioneer in Cognitive Psychology: Otto Selz

The Psychology of Advertising

The Surprising History of the Lobotomy

How the DSM Developed

Stanley Milgram & The Shock Heard Around the World

Zimbardo’s Infamous Prison Experiment: Where the Key Players Are Now

3 Facts You Might Not Know about Freud and His Biggest Addiction

MEDICATION

Taking Medication: 16 Ways to Become a Smart Self-Advocate

8 Simple Ideas for Remembering to Take Your Medication

What Parents Need to Know About Medication for ADHD

MINDFULNESS

4 Tips on Cultivating Mindfulness When You Live in a Busy, Bustling City

3 Mindful Ways to Gain Perspective

Practicing Mindfulness for Busy People

Meditation for Beginners

PASSION + PRODUCTIVITY

How to Find a Fulfilling Career Path

6 Clues for Finding Your Passion and Purpose

Steps to Finally Stop Procrastinating

12 Foolproof Tips for Finding Focus

5 Effective Ways to Curb Clutter

12 Ideas for Overcoming the Pressure to be Super Productive

SCHIZOPHRENIA

Living with Schizophrenia

Illuminating 13 Myths of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia and Genetics: Research Update

A Look Inside the Mind of Schizophrenia

SELF-CARE + SELF-COMPASSION

Ways to Become More Present in Your Life

Cultivating Self-Compassion

Why Self-Compassion Isn’t Self-Indulgent

How to Practice Self-Compassion When You Think You Can’t

10 Ways to Build and Preserve Better Boundaries

5 Suggestions for Cultivating Self-Love

SUICIDE

What to Do When You Think Someone is Suicidal 

THERAPY

The Power of Therapy as Told in Stories

What Therapy Can Do For You

Why Seeing a Therapist Makes You Strong, Not Weak

9 Ways to Make the Most Out of Therapy

9 Myths and Facts About Therapy

Feedback-Informed Treatment: Empowering Clients to Use Their Voices