Kid-Sick or Kid-Free-Jubilee

Kid-Sick or Kid-Free-Jubilee

Tips from a First-Time Sleepaway Camp Parent (who happens to be a child and family psychologist) … Okay, parents of campers – let’s be honest, for some of us, the mere thoughtof dropping our kids off at sleep away camp causes our stomach to drop and...
STRESS: The Ups, Downs, Do’s and Don’ts

STRESS: The Ups, Downs, Do’s and Don’ts

We are all familiar with stress — that feeling of emotional or physical tension when our body and mind react to a demand or challenge. Whether we like it or not, stress is an inevitable part of life. So let’s figure out how to manage it and make it work...
When “Normal” Doesn’t Feel Right

When “Normal” Doesn’t Feel Right

Given the recent devastation, loss, and confusion for many of us in the Santa Barbara area, it’s hard to imagine getting back into “normal” life. Here are some reminders to help: 1. Go easy on yourself; practice self compassion. One way to do this is by...
All Things New

All Things New

It’s that time of year – the morning air is crisp, the quality of sunlight somehow different, and sunset comes noticeably earlier than only a week ago.  These harbingers of Fall signal we are in “back-to-school” mode.  In that spirit, this post is for all students...
Small Steps, Big Picture

Small Steps, Big Picture

At the beginning of each new year I examine five areas of my life, asking and answering a question in each: Interpersonal (think relationships!) – How (and who!) can I love better?Intrapersonal – In what area I can grow in emotionally?Spiritually – How may I serve God...
Rethinking Love: From Alone to Chosen

Rethinking Love: From Alone to Chosen

“For the first time in my life, someone chose me.” I was both sobered and struck by Melissa’s comment. She, on the other hand, didn’t miss a beat. She continued talking about her boyfriend, namely her frustrations. “So I’m stuck. Maybe I should give him another chance...