Female high school student using smart phone

Is ‘13 Reasons Why’ Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

With the release of the second season of Netflix’s series 13 Reasons Why, I was reminded of just how painful high school can be and the critical importance of attending to mental health issues. In the series, Hannah Baker (the main character) attempts to navigate the inordinately delicate challenges of teenage social life. Rumors abound, friends betray …

Outdoor silhouette image of a girl standing alone in pine forest

The ‘Should’ Trap: Expectations, Entitlement, and Gratitude

I witness daily how believing circumstances should be different can negatively affect one’s life. I observe this dilemma not only in my work as a psychologist, but in my own life. Recently, I became stuck at a European airport on my way back to the United States. The delay was weather related, as the airplane we were …

Trained Dog Helping Senior

Supporting People with Service Animals: A Guide to Etiquette

In recent years, we may have witnessed service animals assisting humans more than ever before. Traditionally, we may be accustomed to observing someone who is blind or has a visibly noticeable challenge utilize the service of an animal, usually a dog. Today, though, animals are assisting with less visible concerns, including mental health conditions and …

Paco the Dog

Working Through Grief When a Beloved Pet Dies

In January, I lost my best and dearest friend—my dog, Paco. Even though he was almost 15 years old, it was one of the most painful experiences of my life. In fact, it was so painful I needed six months until I could write about it. I considered not discussing this dark and depressing time …

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