New Years can hold a variety of meaning for people. While the concept of the “New Year’s Resolution” is a popular annual game, it is the overall opportunity that New Years represents which is worthy of our attention. The opportunities people embrace are different for everyone. But what New Years provides is a marker in … More New Year’s and Self-Improvement
One of my specialties in my practice is working with people who struggle with various forms of anxiety, including social anxiety. And it’s a consensus that small talk is a thorn in most people’s sides. Small talk is something that has the appearance of being easy — and some people do master the art of … More Why Small Talk Causes Anxiety
In my practice, one of my specialties is working with people who struggle with various types of anxiety. One of the themes I see almost across the board with anxiety is the comfort zone with silencing one’s own voice — whether it’s out of fear of rejection, judgment, or otherwise. This has a far-reaching impact … More The Impact of Silencing Your Voice
I recently went out to a social event — a friend’s gathering in the park. I was feeling so socially anxious that I just didn’t know what to say to people. Occasionally I was able to say ‘hi’ to someone, or someone would approach me and I was able to engage in a little bit … More Does Anxiety Make You Off-Putting?
This post is part 2 of a 3 part social anxiety series. Please click here if you’d like to read part 1 before continuing. Otherwise, read on. There is something that I call the “Social Anxiety Window”. This is the amount of space and leeway where people feel comfortable when having a social conversation. For example, … More The Social Anxiety Window
Some people look forward to social situations and seem to thrive off of them. Many others have a more difficult time with social situations, leading people to cancel plans, skip out on social events, or attend, but find themselves uncomfortable and looking for ways out the whole time. In my practice as a psychotherapist and … More Social Anxiety: The Dreaded Conversation
I’m not naive enough (at least I don’t think?) to think that I have the one reason that depression is such a difficult state of being. Depression has a different root for everyone — and it’s often a collection of sources, rather than just one thing contributing to depression. That being said, there is an … More Why Depression is So Difficult