Need a Holiday Gift? What about the “F” Word?


Still looking for that last holiday gift? Is there a person in your life that you really do not want to give a gift to, but feel obligated to give one to? What if there was a way you could “keep the family peace” this holiday season without having to spend a lot of time and money? If you are interested, then I have the perfect gift for you….it’s the “F” word. What if you could give a gift that some have considered life changing? And this gift can be a holiday hit even if the other person does not…

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How to Help Your Family When You Lose Your Job


Q: Recently, I lost my job where I was employed for the past 12 years. It was unexpected, and we do not have a lot of savings. I am concerned about kids. We live in what I guess you could call a typical “suburban” area. We have a nice house and my children enjoy a “nicer than most” comfortable lifestyle. As a mom, I do not want my job loss to disrupt their lives, but I also know the limits on our family budget right now. How do I help my family through this job loss? A: Given these economic…

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Do you love your job?


I love my job. I am a psychiatrist and am very lucky to be able to listen to and offer suggestions to individuals and families in crisis. Yes, medication is sometimes part of the recommendation but not always. “Talk therapy”, while not utilized by psychiatrists as much as they would like due to insurance demands (I am out of network for that reason) goes a long way in healing a situation. I love my other job of being a mother but often feel it’s the more challenging of my two careers. I was very pleased this morning when my daughter…

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Getting “The Call” and Tips to Survive It!


It all started almost a week ago from today. I was at work having a very productive meeting when I got The Call. My physician’s office needed to schedule an ultrasound following an abnormal mammogram. The ultrasound was followed by a biopsy to examine the tumors that were showing. Being a therapist, I’d like to say I handled this experience with all grace, peace and tranquility – but I’d be lying. As a Mom, I can only say what followed was a whirlwind of emotions and uncertainty. Here are some practical things that can help ride the sea of emotions…

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