I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Colorado. I have a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from Arizona State University and an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan. I have completed two years of postgraduate coursework and supervision in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Denver Family Institute.

The Gift of the 5 Love Languages

Dr. Gary Chapman developed the idea of the 5 Love Languages and wrote about them in his 1995 book of the same name. Since then, the idea has been adapted for children, teens and even the workplace. There’s a reason Chapman’s work on this topic has endured for more than 20 years: the love languages focus on understanding how to best honor your partner, how to show each other love in meaningful ways and how to foster deeper communication.

Caregiver Mental Health (Part 2)

Caring for a loved one with a disability can often become more challenging than anticipated. Caregiving is more than a full-time job, and all the love in the world is often not enough. Sometimes, in-home care is the right answer, but there are a number of reasons to consider a residential facility instead. I recently wrote a piece on this topic for 1800wheelchair.com, a website with resources for people with physical disabilities.

Accepting Grief and Loss as a Human Experience

Each human being on this planet will experience grief and loss in his or her lifetime. Loss can range from the death of a loved one or pet to a parting of ways with a friend or lover. Even losing a job can result in deep feelings of loss and grief. These feelings are a normal part of the human experience, but the grief process can unexpectedly knock even the strongest among us to our knees.

Reduce Cravings through Emotional Resilience

Strong emotions are a fact of life as a human. Like it or not, we are emotional beings, driven by parts of the brain that manage emotional processes, memory, habits and more. Although emotions can often feel as overwhelming as ocean waves crashing over you, it is possible to develop your emotional resilience as a powerful life skill. That resilience, in turn, can help you reduce cravings and change other behaviors that have a negative impact on your life.