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I am a psychologist, author, educator and mom. An expert in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, I learned the importance of self-care in maintaining health and well-being while treating pregnant and postpartum moms, but kept searching for more effective ways to reduce anxiety, worry and self-criticism.
For the past decade, I have focused on mindfulness-based solutions to remedy stress and negative thinking.
I was inspired to study stress reduction and write the Stress Less Live Better Program after experiencing several challenges in my own life.
In 2014, I had head surgery for a benign tumor in my inner ear. The recovery was tough and the mindfulness skills I learned made it bearable when I thought I would never feel better again. Then in 2015, I discovered a lump in my breast. I was extremely frightened and thought I could lose my life. During my surgery and radiation, I practiced mindfulness to ease the constant stress and tension in my body and mind.
In 2016, I got a divorce after 31 years of marriage and my mother was diagnosed with dementia. I have overseen her health needs and financial affairs since then. The last four years have truly been a wild ride and without my mindfulness skills I would have been unable to have peace of mind and enjoy my life through these stormy times.
Whenever my clients tell me that after they started feeling better, suddenly they feel worse, I ask them if they’ve been practicing their healthier lifestyle habits including self-care and stress reduction which were helping them feel better. Usually, they say “No.” Most of them tell me they thought they didn’t need to practice any longer … Continue reading If Not Now, When?
I can’t tell you how much it’s been a comfort to me that so many of you reached out after my post 2 weeks ago with words of encouragement and love. You inspired me to remember how to keep from getting stuck in the pit of despair and reminded me of my own words and … Continue reading Thankfully Yours