Category Archives: mental health

Do Therapists Give advice?

I started off as a peer counselor in an outpatient substance abuse treatment program– I had stopped using mind altering substances in an addictive way for over a year and gave lots of advice to people who were trying to … Continue reading

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Acceptance, Action, Self-Compassion

I can never get enough of this stuff. I don’t have time to add some of my own thoughts right now, but I can’t let this one pass without passing it on: it’s always helpful to accept yourself, especially when … Continue reading

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Your Sense of Self is Behind the Times

I was reminded about this when I saw a post on NPR about insects changing their behavior situationally. It turns out that shy, solitary grasshoppers turn into swarming locusts under stress. Same critter, amazingly different behavior. I first identified the issue … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Shopping Cart

Have you ever gone to a supermarket, gotten a shopping cart, started to push it up the aisle, and realized that it tended to pull to the right (or left)? It’s like a car that needs the alignment done. At … Continue reading

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Did You Plant Cotton?

Sooner or later,  people come to some issue where they may want to go it alone, but they need help. I sometimes confront people, but in a way I hope is gentle. I take hold of my shirt sleeve and … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Wanted to Be Happy

I have found myself recounting this story many times in the course of my professional work, most recently in the week just past. I read it many years ago in a collection of children’s stories, and I associate it with … Continue reading

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Resources on Youth, Vaping & Cannabis

I want to thank all the parents and youth who came to the cannabis forum informational event last Wednesday, October 17 at Manuel F. Cunha Intermediate School.You were very kind to me and to the other presenters. I was told … Continue reading

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