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The Spotlight effect. At the center of our world is ourselves. No one sees the world the way you do. However, how they see us also affects how we see ourselves. Often being focused on ourselves we overestimate our place in the lives of others.  The Spotlight effect means that we tend to see ourselves at the center of the stage, and for that reason we over estimate just how imp ...

So, ask yourself this question, sitting in the room that you are currently in, maybe you are sitting in your home or at your office. Unless, there is a gas leak or a bomb from a Roadrunner cartoon or the room is engulfed with fire, for most of us we are not in any danger. Then why do we have fears? If nothing can harm us right now then why do we allow our thoughts to influence ...

Often in a counseling session I will use the following that I pulled from a writing by C.S. Lewis, this is not an exact quote but my interpretation, “We are the sum of our life experiences, everything that we have been through, good or bad, makes us who we are today. However, it is our philosophy of life that allows us to use those life experiences.” Each of us are unique in ou ...

Nicodemus Visits Jesus John 3:1-21 tells of a Jewish Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin come in the middle of the night to visit with Jesus. This may seem as if he were trying to avoid being seen going to Jesus, unless you see Jesus as a Rabbi. It was customary for the Pharisee’s to be in study at night so that they would not be distracted by family or life events. Also, w ...

Life is difficult! We worry about so much that it keeps us from living life.

Looking at the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for information about Bipolar II. 

A brief look at understanding Bipolar I.

The new year brings us all the best of intentions and we tend to aim high. Exercise, weight loss, whatever your goals, they are likely lofty ones and can feel overwhelming. However, there are a few pretty simple steps you can take that will improve your mood all year. Cultivate gratitude. It may sound like new age bunk, but thinking about what you have and being grateful for i ...

You are likely hearing a lot these days about "mindfulness" and what it can do for your mood and health. What is mindfulness and how can it helps you manage stress and anxiety? Mindfulness is a practice in which you focus on the physical feelings of what you are doing and maintaining a moment by moment awareness. For example, walking mindfully is a practice in which when you w ...

October is National Depression Awareness Month. One of the more common misconceptions about depression is that depressed people are simply very, very sad. Consequently, people suffering from depression are often told to "cheer up" or "try to think positively" as if that will make their symptoms disappear. The truth is that depression runs much deeper than a simple attitude chan ...