Struggling with Depression? 4 Ways to Get Help

Depression can be one of the most painful experiences we can have as human beings. I have sat across from clients who couldn’t muster up the energy to get out of bed in the morning, thought they were worthless, and considered ending their lives. I haven’t personally experienced clinical depression, …

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America Needs a Lesson in Cultural Humility and Justice

Like many Americans, I have been incredibly disturbed by what is happening at our borders–children being separated from their parents and detained. As I reflect on what is happening, two things keep coming up for me that are central to both my work as a psychologist and my faith as …

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How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

My grandmother died last week. It wasn’t tragic or surprising. She was quite old, and her health had been declining for several years. Still, though, I felt sad about her death. There’s a finality about death that can be overwhelming. No more eating Chinese food, listening to Grandma talk to …

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Are You Curious or Confused about the New Pronouns?

Depending on your community and environment, you might have heard someone introduce themselves, and then say something like, “My pronouns are [he/his/him, she/her, they/their, etc.]” If you’re not used to this, it might have struck you as odd. What’s going on with the new pronouns these days? This is my …

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5 Strategies to Accept Negative Things in Your Life

In my life lately, I’ve been working on acceptance. In the past, I’ve resisted acceptance. Acceptance seemed weak, like I was okay with failure or not being the best I could be. But as I have grown older, I have realized I do have some limitations. There are certain parts …

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Self-Care: What is It? How Do We Do It?

If you take a look at the self-help or psychology section at your local bookstore (or on Amazon), you will find a lot of books on self-care. As psychologists, we talk a lot about self-care with our clients and students. But what is self-care? And more importantly, how do we …

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