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What I Wish More People Knew About Queer Parenting – Dr. Laura on PsychCentral

The road to queer parenting isn’t easy, but a support system can help you prioritize your mental health as you navigate the barriers. Read the whole post here.

Is it pandemic anxiety or is it OCD? – Elian Beattie

Is it anxiety from the pandemic or is it OCD? Over the past two years, the fear surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic caused a lot of us to take a closer look at our hygiene, where germs live in our home, and how illness might spread from person to person, even on a microscopic level. People […]

The best gift you can give this holiday season – Elian Beattie

You might see a lot of posts this holiday season with lists of the perfect gift to buy for your loved ones. Somewhere in the spirit of being thoughtful, we can lose sight of the person we’re actually “buying for.” There is one thing you can give to everyone on your list regardless of age, […]

Goal-setting in executive coaching – Dr. Robin

You’ve decided to work with an executive coach to help with your career goals or professional development. Now what? The platform of executive coaching is created from your goals and establishing these goals is the first step towards your success. Executive coaching will often start with the creation of a three-tier plan. The first tier […]

Lessons from a coach – Dr. Robin

My daughter’s high school varsity volleyball team won the State Championships this past weekend. It was an amazing experience to watch, even more so because this group of girls are incredible. They support each other, LIKE each other, visibly and audibly have fun when warming up or playing together, and credit their success to being […]

Leaving the Past Behind and Choosing How to Think – Dr. Robin

My 16-year-old daughter walked into my bedroom this morning, seemingly angry. This is my kid who has always valued justice and kindness, and when she sees someone being hurt or attacked, it infuriates her. In this case, it was a teammate who had been cornered by two other players after she went to the coach […]

Being Ambitious Doesn’t Make You Selfish

Society, parents, and organizations want you to believe that focusing on what you want is selfish and that putting others’ goals, choices, and wants before our own is beneficial. It might be beneficial to other people, but it is not advantageous for you. Neglecting our wants for those of other people can create resentment, regret, […]

The Mulan Complex: How this heroine illustrates the struggle for mompreneurs

In Chinese culture, Hua Mulan is an iconic female heroine. As you might remember from Disney’s depiction of the heroine, Hua Mulan lived according to Chinese cultural standards until her father was conscripted for the army. To avoid her elderly father entering the army, Mulan disguised herself as a man and took her father’s place. […]

Musterbation: Stop rubbing yourself the wrong way

How often do you musterbate? What about the people you know? Some of them might musterbate a lot, maybe even daily. Now before you assume where this conversation is going, be sure you read that word correctly – MUSTerbate. While I wish I could take credit for creating this word, it was Albert Ellis, a […]

Readjusting to Your (Social) Life after Lockdown – Elian Beattie

For the past year or more, a lot of us have been itching to be able to leave our homes, socialize with loved ones, travel, and many other activities that used to be a part of our norm. Now, with COVID-related deaths decreasing and access to the vaccine increasing, the world is starting to open […]

A Solution Looking for a Problem – Dr. Tom

How does leadership reinforce creation of negative work environments? We like to believe that rumors, backstabbing and harassment occur within the lower ranks of organizations.  As with most behavior, it survives and thrives where it is reinforced.  When leaders in an organization are pulled away from the day to day operations of that organization, the […]

Coaching or Therapy: 3 questions to determine your approach

This is a common question from individuals trying to decide whether the life challenges they are experiencing are at the level of needing a coach or needing a therapist. There is a lot of overlap between both practices particularly if the therapist you are considering is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Both CBT and […]

Therapy vs. Coaching: What is the right approach for you? – Dr. Robin

What’s the difference between therapy and coaching? This is a common question from individuals trying to decide whether the life challenges they are experiencing are at the level of needing a coach or needing a therapist. There is a lot of overlap between both practices particularly if the therapist you are considering is trained in […]

The Show of Delights (podcast)

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Seeing joy – Dr. Robin

Joy. Lately I’ve heard from many patients, friends and family that it is getting harder to “find joy”.  Students feeling trapped in an endless timeline of Zoom classes. Families getting on each other’s nerves. Parents multitasking their roles of employees and home school teachers. Individuals feeling isolated. How do you “find joy” when there seems […]

Why our kids will be okay – Dr. Robin

There is fascinating research on how historical events shape the overall characteristics of each generation. For example, individuals in the Veterans generation (~1920s-1945) were shaped by World War II and the Great Depression. Because of these events, this generation tends to be stable, frugal and hard working. They tend to be more conforming and dislike […]

The best of 2020 (yes, really) – Dr. Robin

The predominant perspective on 2020 was a year filled with negative events. From politics to a pandemic, there were many stories, events and moments which seemed like they came out of some dystopian novel. But challenges bring opportunities for learning and growth that would not likely occur in times of ease and comfort. So what […]

Dr. Robin on Happiness Talks (10/31/20)


Self grace and gratitude – Elian Beattie

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving 2020 is nearly upon us! The holiday season can bring both excitement and anxiety for many people, because of the pressures that come along with it. Thanksgiving can be one of the most difficult holidays for those trying to work on body image acceptance and improving their relationship […]

Why is mental health different than physical health? – Dr. Robin

Every year many of us make sure we do things to take care of our physical health. As a female, we go for an annual gynecological appointment and mammogram. We see our dentists twice for cleaning and a check up. We get an annual flu shot. We visit our dermatologists and our ophthalmologists. This list […]