Happiness

6 Ways to Recover Your Mental Health

If you are emerging from a period of mental distress, the most important thing to remember is that you are the key person on the treatment team.

Although other people can give you advice, encouragement, recommendations and even love, the ultimate person in charge of helping you get better is you. There are practical, doable, affordable steps you can take to work on your recovery. By regularly following these steps, you can regain stability and get on with life.
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Children and Teens

5 Ways You Can Emotionally Connect With Your Child


PLUS: The hidden benefits.

We live in a fast-paced society. I hear it all the time in my practice: "How can I connect with my child?"

Parents want to connect with their children more than ever these days. Living in the Bay Area can be demanding, and not leave as much time for your family as you would like to have. You are not alone in feeling this way. I see many families that are going through this.

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Brain and Behavior

Why We Put Off Life’s Most Important Things

No question about it. Life is messy, complicated, complex and full of surprises. There’s always a lot to do and the feeling that there isn’t enough time to deal with what needs to be done. In fact, however, we are our own worst enemy when it comes to taking care of some of life’s most important decisions. Why do we put off what’s necessary, often inevitable, and can make such a difference? It often has a root in
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Best of Our Blogs

Best of Our Blogs: February 17, 2017

We're so busy these days. There are five minute workouts and quick and dirty cleaning tips. We try to fit in all in under the clock so we can live balanced, whole lives. But we can't treat happiness and joy the way we attempt everything else. Fast, easy and minimal effort doesn't equate into a meaningful life.

All the really good stuff in life like love, growth and happiness requires work.

Before I had my first son, I naively believed labor would be easy. All I had to do was let go and my body would take care of everything. I soon learned that was far from the case.

When I was willing to commit to the work, I was rewarded with a brand new baby.

I realized that part of the joy in life was the risk and work I took to gain it.

If you're ready to roll up your sleeves and re-engage with life, the payback will catapult you into the life you really want. Read our posts to get tips on therapy, and a refreshing take on happiness and relationships. We're all about living life with all the pain and heartache. No fast food living here.
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Habits

What’s in a Moment?

As Josh did the dishes, his mind wandered to a memory of lost love. He was happier back then. Regrets washed over him.

Frank checked his cellphone the very instant he was left alone. He welcomed the distraction.

Charlie barely noticed the people around him on the bus. He was busy thinking about the mistakes he made that day.
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Books

PODCAST: Why Does the Narcissist Always Get the Girl?

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent have a candid discussion about narcissists with Ramani Durvasula, PhD. In this information-packed interview, she gives the harsh truth about narcissists, including addressing the questions: What’s the difference between narcissism and self-confidence? Can women be narcissists? Are there more narcissists today than in the past? What happens when two narcissists are in a relationship? and, of course, Why does the narcissist always get the girl?

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