Building Resilience

The concept of resilience can be hard to define and its relevance to mental health is often missed. Dictionary definitions touch on the capacity to recovery quickly from challenges or setbacks.   I tend to think of resilience as our “bounce-back” factor.   This can apply to both individuals and groups; it can also apply to broader systems such as …

The Mental Health Benefits of Journaling

In my work with children and adolescents, their parents will initiate therapy in a quest for “tools,” “skills,” “strategies,” and “resources” to help with some issue. Adult clients ask for these things too. Very often, people seem to be looking for tangible ways to lessen the symptoms of depression or manage anxiety – a solution to a problem.   As …

Walking Through a Pandemic

  “Walking is man’s best medicine.” – Hippocrates   All throughout this pandemic, the one phrase heard around the world from fitness and mental health professionals was: “Go for a walk!”  There is not one exercise or activity on this planet that is more accessible and more beneficial than simply lacing up your shoes, heading out the door and putting …