Shame and substance use are not related: Surprising results from the first ever meta-analysis of this relationship

Many researchers and theorists discuss shame as an inherently negative emotion that is always problematic. In this view, shame involves negatively evaluating one’s self and is often contrasted with guilt, which involves negatively evaluating one’s behavior. According to this view, shame motivates people to avoid situations and withdraw from others so that they can protect … Read moreShame and substance use are not related: Surprising results from the first ever meta-analysis of this relationship

So…Whatever Happened to Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Lose 20 pounds. Find a husband. Makeover every room the Marie Kondo way. How’s it going? At the beginning of your shiny new year, all of your New Year’s Resolutions probably seemed possible and hopes of accomplishing your goals were high. But now, just a few months in, well…not anymore. You don’t meal prep the … Read moreSo…Whatever Happened to Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Achieving Goals Despite Your Inner Critic: A Helpful Metaphor

Often people want to make changes, but are overwhelmed by a very loud and convincing inner critic. An inner critic is: a powerful, internal voice that tells us we cannot do well in life and achieve our goals a form of self-criticism a common symptom of depression An inner critic is a voice that is … Read moreAchieving Goals Despite Your Inner Critic: A Helpful Metaphor

Women! – We Are More Than Our Stories

This summer, I attended the first ever “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) BootCamp for Women’s Issues.” Though I had attended a traditional ACT Bootcamp earlier this year, I was drawn to this summer event out of a desire to connect more with my community of women and to examine ways I can better serve my … Read moreWomen! – We Are More Than Our Stories

Embrace Discomfort and Connect to the Meaningful Things in Your Life

Did you make a new year’s resolution at the start of this year? Or have you ever made one in the past? Like most of us, you probably started off with a lot of enthusiasm and lofty goals. But how many times have you actually succeeded in sticking to the resolution? How many times have … Read moreEmbrace Discomfort and Connect to the Meaningful Things in Your Life

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