Life Recovery

Face to Face With Who You Could've Been

Face to Face With Who You Could've Been

Have you ever thought about how life could have been? Of course you have. We all do. But, do you dwell on this like a ex lover does “the song?” As the philosopher Plato proposes, is there a parallel universe wherein your perfect self has front row tickets watching you continuously screw things up?

Autism, and the Harsh Reality of Resentments

Autism, and the Harsh Reality of Resentments

If you are the parent or caretaker of someone with autism, you may be like me and must fight off resentful feelings at every turn.   I’ll admit, by nature, I tend to hold grudges.   Maybe it was the way I grew up. Maybe it’s something in my brain…in my Dinna (DNA) as the wife puts it.  Whatever the cause, I’ve had to fight off the unhealthy craving to harbor resentments for most of my life. 

What Forgiveness Certainly Isn't?

What Forgiveness Certainly Isn't?

’m sick of hearing people project onto others what their version of forgiveness is. “You haven’t forgiven me or else you’d have never brought it back up.” Or, “if you’d truly forgiven me, you’d condone my excuses etc.”

Hogwash! Pigs bathe themselves with more truth than this!

Keep On Keeping On

Keep On Keeping On

Sometimes life can be so tough that all we can do is keep going. I here all the time that what makes a successful entrepreneur is someone who just doesn’t give up. Well, I believe the same is true for life. Success/fulfillment/peace comes to those that just don’t take no for an answer.

Getting Through the Tough Stuff…In One Piece

Getting Through the Tough Stuff…In One Piece

Not gonna lie, this past year has been the toughest since I sobered up thirteen years ago.  Although very slowly, the thought of drinking again, over time, has crept up on me like a cheetah after it’s prey.  

REALITY, AND THE BRUTAL FACTS

REALITY, AND THE BRUTAL FACTS

ou can't overcome anxiety, addiction or depression without allowing yourself to, first, go outside of the box... a bunch.  People often emotionally limp into my office and look at me as if I have all the answers, thinking I have some magic word/pill that will set them on their feet again - without their effort.

Peace Be The Journey: Introducing Krista Thomas, RP

Peace Be The Journey: Introducing Krista Thomas, RP

When I think about who I am as a therapist and why I decided to pursue this wonderful and wacky helping profession, there are three memories that seem to encapsulate something that is very difficult to put into words.  

Are you a poor judge of…yourself?

Are you a poor judge of…yourself?

Ever been to court?  Ever stood in suspense as the judge contemplated your sentence?  I have. And it blows.  There's a sense of fear and dread, followed by this weird emotion of "whatever!  I'll deal with whatever comes down the pike!" all wrapped up into one discomforting package.


REVERSE ANXIETY: PART X, 7 HABITS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

REVERSE ANXIETY: PART X, 7 HABITS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

n therapy, one of the most tenacious foes I face is helping someone realize they're wrong.   Most people that come into my office are just dead wrong!  About what?  About what they believe about their future.  

Anxiety Can Be a Bully

Anxiety Can Be a Bully

Truth be told, I'm not completely free of anxiety myself.  There are times during performing therapy, for instance, that the "what if's" come to me like an eagle swooping down to claw up its prey.

Anxiety Tips and Tricks (tip 1)

Anxiety Tips and Tricks (tip 1)

I write a ton on anxiety.  And when I write I usually include 700 words or more.  Well, I want to include you busy readers as well.  So I'm going to post small clips of thoughts/skills/techniques that I believe can be helpful in overcoming anxiety: