Finding Joy

These days, there's a lot of talk about finding joy. Hah! you say. That is easier said than done, especially in the middle of a pandemic. How do you define joy? To me, joy is that peaceful, contentment that resides deep within us. Try some of these tried and true strategies to help you find … Continue reading Finding Joy

Record Keeping for Special Needs and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)

Good record keeping is an essential part of the special education process. Parents should save important records in an organized way to use for special education planning and to keep track of their child’s educational progress. Keeping records also helps when you think IEP goals are not evolving. If you can pull out an IEP … Continue reading Record Keeping for Special Needs and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)

What does 3,700 years of Jewish Law Say About Marriage?

You might be surprised. Some believe that religion subjugates women and casts them as inferior. Far from it. Presented here are excerpts from laws and guidelines about marital relations, argued by Jewish legal scholars and sages for over 3,700 years. (Write to me if you want the actual text citations.) The laws and guidelines presented … Continue reading What does 3,700 years of Jewish Law Say About Marriage?

Predicting the Coronavirus New Normal

The New Yorker, May 10, 2020 “When will all this be over and we return to normal”? The experts predict that life will return to normal only after a vaccine and antibody testing are readily available. The forecasts range from this fall to 18 months from now. Until then, as the world reopens we will … Continue reading Predicting the Coronavirus New Normal

Reopening from Lockdown, and Staying Calm

Please consider supporting Dry Bones: Donate In my previous blog, I described that many of us are experiencing a lot of feelings as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown. I suggested creating plans with contingencies to help manage the anxiety. Your mission in the next phase of the pandemic is to (a) … Continue reading Reopening from Lockdown, and Staying Calm

Why do I feel this way? I feel like an emotional pinball!

One of my clients shared the following story: “After two weeks without leaving my apartment, I decided to go out to buy some groceries. At first, I was wary and concerned about being exposed to the coronavirus. Then, at the store, I immediately became anxious. I was told I had to do all sorts of … Continue reading Why do I feel this way? I feel like an emotional pinball!

Protecting Your Marriage Relationship During the Stress of the Coronavirus

With the spread of coronavirus, many of our clients are spending 24-7 with their partner which can be challenging, or can bring new levels of intimacy. It is important, therefore, that we teach our clients to protect their relationship during this time of distress, and even to use the experience to improve their relationship. A … Continue reading Protecting Your Marriage Relationship During the Stress of the Coronavirus

Choosing to Be Stubbornly Happy: No One Makes You Angry

Is your client a victim of anger? Empower them to be stubbornly happy. “OMG! He makes me so angry! He pushes my buttons.” When you hear this, what thoughts come to mind? This person believes someone else causes her to be angry. She has adopted a “victim” role. If she rigidly holds on to the … Continue reading Choosing to Be Stubbornly Happy: No One Makes You Angry

CBT Backwards: An Example

As a follow-up to my last blog, Doing CBT Backwards: Using Journaling to Change Thinking, I present an example of an 85-year old, female client experiencing thoughts of anxiety. Through journaling between sessions, we are able to make changes to her thought patterns that help alleviate her anxiety. In session Therapist: How are you feeling today? … Continue reading CBT Backwards: An Example

Simplify Evidence or Information Collection Using a Digital Journal

The key to winning any case or dispute is collecting the right evidence. Whether you are fighting a legal battle in the courts, trying to get services for your child with the school district or convincing your insurance company that they should pay your claim, having clear, concise organized data is essential.

Record Keeping for Special Needs and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)

Good record keeping is an essential part of the special education process. Parents should save important records in an organized way to use for special education planning and to keep track of their child’s educational progress. Keeping records also helps when you think IEP goals are not evolving. If you can pull out an IEP … Continue reading Record Keeping for Special Needs and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)

Looking for love. What are you looking for?

We all find ourselves looking for love. From the time that we are born, we seek connection with others whether it be spouses, friends or family. What is it that we are really seeking? We want to be seen One of the most meaningful things anyone can ever say to us is “I see you.” … Continue reading Looking for love. What are you looking for?