Journaling and Mental Health

During the summer, there is more time to focus with my patients on practices that will take longer for them to develop. This is not possible during the school year because the practice during this time must be schoolwork itself. The practices we have been developing so far this summer are mindfulness and behavioural activation,…

Why is Self-Compassion So Difficult?

Sometimes I feel as if I am the world’s worst psychiatrist. Mostly this happens when I cannot seem to communicate an idea that should be straightforward. This happened to me last week when I was working with a group of patients on self-compassion. All my patients are adolescents and adolescence can be a very challenging…

Vacations and Your Health

I hope you are reading this on your vacation. If you are not presently on vacation, then maybe this will cause you to think about your upcoming vacation. If neither of these applies, then please, please tell me that you are fondly remembering the vacation from which you just recently returned. Summer is the time…