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January 6, 2019

Here are 5 self-compassion strategies to use when you are feeling inadequate and self-critical:

1. Stop the comparison game by keeping your humanness at the top of mind.

Author Tara Brach (“Radical Acceptance”) stated, “Feeling unworthy goes hand in hand with feeling sep...

I provide individual psychotherapy services for adults in San Francisco, including college students, young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s, and CEO’s of successful companies. Interestingly, despite age or professional status, people across the spectrum report they...

February 19, 2017

Attachment Theory in Childhood

As seventeenth-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza once said, “All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love”.  Originally, attachment theory was designed to explain the nature o...

February 2, 2017

When we find ourselves stuck in negative patterns of emotional escalation and dysregulation with our romantic partners, it can be useful to learn (or revisit) the basics of honest, direct, thoughtful, and kind communication.

Following is a description of the three...

January 16, 2017

Although healthy romantic relationships are clearly imperative for the well-being of individuals, families, and communities, there are relatively few studies specific to the topic.  The lack of literature may be due in part to the difficulty in defining the subjective...

January 4, 2017

British psychoanalyst John Bowlby was interested in the emotional bond between infants and their primary caregiver, and the profound distress infants experience when separated from this caregiver – whom he called an attachment figure. An infant’s primary attachment fig...

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