Bay Area Mental Health Blog

Thoughts from a trauma therapist

When Does Substance Use Become Substance Ab-use?

How Much is Too Much?

Many of us have used and possibly abused substances for one reason or another at some point in our lives, whether it be alcohol, prescription meds, cigarettes, or food. Maybe...

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Just to "Take the Edge Off"?


It’s ok to take the edge off, right?

In this busy world, especially here in the Silicon Valley where it’s fast-paced and everything is interconnected, it’s probably safe to assume you are under...

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Healing and Acceptance – How to Let Go of Suffering

"The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance" - Nathaniel Branden

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They Don't Have To Hit You For It To Be Abuse

Does this sounds familiar?

*The following is a composite, not a specific account. 

"An abuser isn’t abusive 24/7. They usually demonstrate positive character traits most of the time. That’s what...

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4 Mindfulness Techniques to Help Reduce Anxiety

"Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future."  - Deepak Chopra

 Anxiety shows up in a lot of different ways...

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Finding Balance at Work: Loving Your Job and Avoiding Burnout

Early on in my career as a therapist I knew I wanted to specialize in trauma therapy. One of the trickiest part of doing this kind of work is learning how to avoid burnout. Once you burn out the...

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When New Year's Resolutions Go Bad

It's New Year's Eve, 2016 and time to make those annual resolutions. You know, the ones you will break one week from now? Or at least that's the way it always worked for me. The problem, I finally...

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Did This Election Make You Physically Sick? 6 Steps to Healing

Elections are typically anxiety-provoking, but I have been blown away by the responses I've seen this year with my clients. Families are fighting and even fragmenting - it's like the Civil War....

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7 Common Myths About Depression

Depression affects 10% of people in America and about half of all college students report feeling so depressed at some point that they have trouble functioning. It's becoming the "acceptable"...

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Living in "Not Enough": How You Feel About What You've Got

When we see someone with something fantastic or a stroke of good luck, do we feel happy for them or envious because we want what they have?  The angel on one shoulder whispers "be happy for them"...

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