It’s September, post Labor Day, back to school time is here in much of the Northeast. Personally – and please hear me out before you judge me for sounding too Pollyanna-ish, but I truly love this time of year, always have! This turning of the weather as the nights become cooler, feeling the fall breathing its crisp air over summers dissolution to me cues a building anticipation for September. For me, it is the time when we are perched upon the crest of a new wave of possibility, so much … Read More
Dreading seeing certain relatives over Thanksgiving? Contemplating canceling all together? “So sorry Aunt Marge I can’t make it this year, must have caught that nasty stomach virus that’s been going around. Yeah, you know the election brutalias virus, where at the slightest mention of or boasting about the candidate that I didn’t vote for, I become nauseous, enraged and at high risk for slinging mashed potatoes across the room. Yeah that one, lasts about 4 years. So sorry, so see you in 2020. Happy Thanksgiving!!”
It’s not uncommon to … Read More
Look around you, do you see us? We’re not hard to notice. We are the current crop of modern day parents doing our best to care for our children while tending to the sometimes overflowing spring of anxiety stirring beneath the surface. (Full disclosure here…as a working mom of two school-aged children, I count myself as one of them.)
For some parents the anxiety seeps out of their pores and is tangible in their aura, for others it’s a little better concealed but nonetheless just as potent and jarring. (Personally … Read More
by Veronica Vaiti, LCSW-R
As we’ve all been busy prepping our kids for going back to school, buying book bags, notebooks and the like, we must not forget the most important preparation of all which doesn’t cost us a dime yet is priceless – teaching our children emotional awareness of and sensitivity towards their feelings and the feelings of others – or increasing their emotional IQ for short.
Educating our children about the range of feelings they can feel, teaching them how to name feelings they or others are having … Read More
by Veronica Vaiti, LCSW-R
Even though we live in a “free” country I question how truly free many of us experience ourselves to be. Being a therapist, I spend many hours of my days sitting and listening to different people who don’t exactly feel so free in life.
I hear people express how they feel trapped by debt, financial worries, social pressure and social stigma. They feel hindered by anxiety, fear, anger and depression, and imprisoned in dysfunctional or abusive relationships or personal disillusionment. Everyone it seems is dealing with … Read More