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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.
It’s Fall: Time to Reflect and Reconnect For many years, fall has been a contemplative time for me. The leaves on the trees are turning and the days are growing shorter. We celebrate holidays including Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the start of the Jewish New Year; fall equinox which marks the end of the … Continue reading October happenings
It’s been a crazy ride the last few months in both my psychology practice and personal life so I haven’t posted much on social media. Social media is one of the first things to fall off my list when life becomes more stressful. With our current COVID crisis, I’m never certain how my day will … Continue reading October Happenings