Mind Tools

How well can you read emotions?

Personal Counseling

Are you tuned in to other people’s emotions? Do you feel clueless sometimes? It can be really challenging to accurately identify complex emotions and to understand them. Most often make assumptions but it is easy to make mistakes. For example we can easily and misinterpret someone’s confusion for anger and take it personally. If you…

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Depression and Men

Depression Counseling

The New York Times‘ Steven Petrow, opens our eyes about the many places depression lives. One of the last places someone may think to look, is in the lives of highly functioning men. Click here to read the NYT article.  

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Stress Journal

Journal Writing

You can JOURNAL your WAY OUT Of A Brain Fog! It sounds suspiciously simple but it works! Journaling is a mind tool. It helps externalize your emotional reactions to things that happen. From the moment you wake up in the morning you have a lot in your mind. When you have something stressful going on, you…

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SAD: 7 Symptoms and 7 Treatment Ideas 

depressed woman

Winter Blues! The longest and darkest night of the year is going to be upon us soon! Along with the cold winter clouds “a certain kind of sadness” gets ushered in. The diagnostic manual calls it SAD – no pun intended! SAD is short for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Science and SAD. Did you know that doctors…

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The Brain Power of Your Leg Muscles!

running on treadmill

Legs and Mental Agility Did you know that you legs reveal more about your mental agility than your brain does? The sturdier your legs the healthier your brain is. If you want to stay mentally sharp all the way to your nineties, then get up and get moving! Run, walk, dance! Put your book down…

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Resting Bitch Face


Although my friend Susan and I knew exactly what the New York Times article was talking about we both agreed that we had never imagined it was a common affliction. I am talking about RBF or what is called Resting Bitch Face.  

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Nuclear Disasters – More Psychological Harm Than Physical

Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, memorial to the first city to suffer a nuclear attack, Japan

When nuclear disasters occur, the psychological harm tends to be far worse than the physical. However, when accidents happen, people rush to the hospitals, but not to mental health clinics even after the physical wounds have been treated. Not only do we deny our psychological problems, but we also resist seeking psychological treatment when we…

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Step 2= Identify Problem + Brainstorm Solutions.


Dana, a 31 year old engineering designer, has been working on the Step 1 questions, with her friend Annie.  Let’s take a look at how Dana and Annie are using Step 1 and the”Active Thinking” questions: Dana: I am tired of feeling overwhelmed all the time. It is taking a toll on my health, my…

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