Marijuana: My Second COVID Writing Project

It is 3 months since I wrote anything for this blog, but I have been writing. I have been writing about marijuana, specifically a book about the impact of marijuana on youth mental health: The Parent’s Guide to Marijuana. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, I have observed that the use of marijuana by…

Welcome Back!

I am not sure if the welcome is for me or for you, but it feels good to me to get back to this space with the new look and I hope you will like it also. This is my first blog in one month. I took time off to work on a new look…

THERAPY 4: HOW DOES THERAPY WORK?

While most of us have experienced feeling better after talking to a friend or acquaintance about a problem, how and why therapy works goes beyond such an experience as this. The relief we feel after discussing a problem with a friend can be attributed to the impact of venting, the impact of “getting something off…

Therapy 3: What is Therapy

I have been thinking about the question, “What is therapy?”. This is not an easy question to answer, but it is my goal in this essay. Perhaps images of chaises longues and pleasant coloured rooms are already firmly in people’s minds from popular culture and I have no idea how to break past that.  It’s…

My Front Step

I am just sitting on my front step having tea. I have the third part of the six-part series on Therapy that I am writing, but I am not going to publish it today. Right now, it is 18 degrees Celsius out – that’s 65 degrees Fahrenheit – and it is a beautiful spring evening.…

A Short Guide to Therapy – Part 1

I have been asked many questions about therapy and how it works in the last few months. As I gathered my thoughts and did my research, I decided that a short six-part series might help each of you to think about therapy for yourself or your child. One of the more common reactions of an…

Art and Mental Health

An article I circulated on Twitter on Monday about Children’s art during the pandemic received a lot of interest, underlining the concern that many have regarding the negative mental health impact of the pandemic on children and youth. The article details the many problems mental health professionals are noticing in children and teens. When a…