Mommy Comparison Syndrome
It was Monday morning and my thoughts traveled to my awesome neighbor Lauren. She’s a mom of three and, frankly, just an all-around awesome person. She really rocks the mom stuff and has this fantastic [...]
Some Thoughts On Parenting In A Pandemic
I see you and I get you. I'm a mom of an 8 and 11 year old and I'm right there with you. Here, in this crazy place of parenting in a global pandemic for [...]
I Can’t Take It Anymore!!
How can we cope with more shelter-in-place? Humans are getting antsy. We are cooped up after weeks of shelter-in-place. We are staring at the same walls and the same faces, talking to the same people, [...]
Where Is Our ‘Happy’ In Covid-19 Times?
How families can make the most out of a time of crisis In the strange and stressful times of Covid-19, we have all been asked to socially distance in unprecedented ways. For some of us, [...]
Holiday Overwhelm: How Are You Doing?
‘Tis the season! As they say. ‘Tis the season for merriment? Comfort and joy? Songs by the fire? Or is it the season of stress, chaos and overwhelm? If you are feeling more like combusting [...]
Child Anxiety: How Are Parents Reinforcing Anxiety…Without Even Realizing It?
As parents we often don't realize the subtle ways we may be reinforcing anxiety in our children. Awareness of what we’re doing, and a few easy steps, can make a world of difference in the [...]
We Need A Chill Pill Part 2: It’s Everywhere, It’s Coming For Us!
So why does this issue of anxiety seem practically rampant in our society? Look around. The pace of our daily lives is moving faster and faster. This has a lot to do with the technology [...]
We Need A Chill Pill Part 1: The 411 On Anxiety
Is anxiety the new buzzword? We hear all about anxiety in the news, in movies and shows, and even in songs on the radio. Why is it such a thing now? And where did it [...]
Anxiety In Children: Six Common Missteps Parents Make
"Oh no, I think my daughter has anxiety!" "Our son worries all the time, I don't know what happened to our happy little guy!" As concerned parents of children with anxiety, we want to [...]
Anger in the Apex of the Holidays
There you are, it’s the apex of the holidays. The candles are lit, wine has been poured and steaming food is on your beautifully set table. You have set down the last platter as family [...]
January Has Something to Tell You
Welcome back to January. A transitional month that so blatantly marks a new beginning after a much-anticipated end. Look around, things may look familiar. Well… you’ve been here before. As we say good-bye to the [...]
Trauma in a Time of Fire #sonomastrong
Imagine it, you are under major stress and someone says "Just stay in the moment". You roll your eyes, "being in the moment" sounds impossible, or just plain ridiculous. During times of extreme stress “the [...]
Back To School: Seeing Each Other Through
It was the first day of school. I had just pulled up to Acre Coffee to meet a Mommy friend for a celebratory cup of coffee. With a quick glance into my car mirror, a [...]
Just a Little Humanity
I’m going to be honest with you right now. I just rocked my 8 year old to sleep. And truthfully, that may be the last time I ever rock him again. I probably haven’t rocked [...]
Lost Boys Like Me are Free
"Neverland is home to lost boys like me, and lost boys like me are free" -Lost Boy, Ruth B. Ruth Berhe fantasizes about freedom from loneliness in her song Lost Boy. She muses about life before [...]
Join “Team Fun”
I was knee-deep in the daily grind, driving my two children to school in the morning. When out of the back seat came a charming question from my 7 year old son: “Mommy, what do you [...]
We All Have a Story To Tell…
What was the last story you told? Who did you tell? Was it recently? Maybe even today... Telling a story can be such a mundane part of our lives, we don’t even realize we are [...]
Let the Adventure Begin
Welcome to my website! I have created this site as an expression of me, a positive, warm, and enthusiastic therapist working in the heart of Petaluma, California. I love what I do! My specialty [...]