How do dogs make us feel better about ourselves? What sorcery do they possess? Our relationships with dogs affect our brain chemistry, psychology, and sense of well-being. Continue reading How Canines Drive Emotional Well-being
Your love language describes the primary way that you receive love from others, and awareness of your love language can help you increase your emotional intelligence and satisfaction in relationships. Continue reading What Does Your Love Language Say About You?
How has Valentine’s Day shaped your relationships and perception of love? It’s become an iconic holiday in the United States and can influence how we view ourselves, our relationships, and our expectations for “love.” Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading “Be My Valentine?”
Your attachment style doesn’t explain everything about your relationships, but it may help explain why your relationships have succeeded or failed in the way that they did, why you’re attracted to certain people, and why certain relationship problems keep coming up. Continue reading What Does Your Attachment Style Say About You?
It’s my privilege to discuss the following topics: the “opioid epidemic,” effects of opioids & common precursors to addiction, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), how methadone works, and lessons I’ve learned as a MAT counselor. I hope this post provides you with a sense of what individuals who struggle with opioid dependence may experience. Continue reading Untold Stories of Addiction: Opioids
With the growing legalization of marijuana, its health and wellness claims, and its ever-present controversy, I hope to present you with a different perspective altogether. This is the story of a man who was in recovery from heroin use yet still faced criticism for marijuana use to treat his anxiety. This is a story of self-determination, embracing ambiguity, and being brutally honest with oneself. Continue reading Untold Stories of Addiction: Hallucinogens
In my experience of working with people who used stimulant drugs, the most common drugs of abuse have been cocaine and methamphetamine. The following is a story of a man who struggled with cocaine addiction, used it to self-medicate his ADHD, and began to rediscover himself in recovery. Continue reading Untold Stories of Addiction: Stimulants
What comes to mind when you hear the words “addiction” or “junkie”? The story that American culture tells about drug use is typically one of drama, glamour, and moral flaws. The media also tends to profile certain “types” of people who struggle with addiction. I hope to provide insight on some of the hidden narratives behind drug addiction, and to dispel myths that our sociopolitical culture perpetuates. Continue reading Untold Stories of Addiction: Intro
This post explores ethnic identity in the context of psychotherapy, worldview similarity, and the human desire to be understood. Using social psychology as a guide, it discusses the assumptions we make about others in our pursuit to feel seen. Continue reading “I Want a Therapist of Color”: Exploring the Desire to be Understood