Women and Body Image

June 15, 2014By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

We might have historically gotten through (hopefully) the worst winter in 30 years. The next season outside of avoiding the potholes is…..BATHING SUIT SEASON  !!!!  This is when notoriously the scale , the mirror and those summer clothes that we put away start to call out to us. Our body image raises its critical voice … Read More


April 14, 2014By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

Vulnerability is a big part of counseling . To be able to be vulnerable with oneself is one thing but to be able to be vulnerable and not “disappear” in front of another is even more difficult. The first book I remember reading was  “Shame, The Power of Caring” by Gershen Kaufman. It taught me … Read More

Another School Trauma

April 10, 2014By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

How is that another school trauma becomes a surreal part of our awareness? A school in Pittsburgh, of which I am familiar when I lived there was the scene of another senseless crime scene today. More adolescent teens will have to bear the brunt of witnessing their classmates get hurt, more crisis counselors will be … Read More

Pain is a Teacher

February 4, 2014By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

Pain is a teacher. It reminds us of our limitations, our frailty and our vulnerability. I have been increasingly disabled by arthritis in my right hip. This was likely generated by a riding fall I had 3 years ago. I have or had considered myself active , healthy and pretty resilient. The pain has become … Read More

Anxiety and Strokes

December 20, 2013By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh came out with a study that established a connection with high levels of anxiety and stroke. The study, published in the journal Stroke evaluated more than 6,000 participants and found those with high levels of anxiety are more than 33% likely to suffer a stroke. The study was co-authored … Read More

EMDR Training

November 18, 2013By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

I have  long wanted to add another set of skills.  The past few months, I have been taking training through the Midwest Center for EMDR and Training. The skills have been invaluable but they have also taught me a valuable lesson about the brain’s capacity to heal. Just as the body seems to know what it … Read More

Sometimes The Best Therapy Is A Good Laugh

August 14, 2013By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

I was in our office last Saturday and Michelle, one of our therapists, was seeing a client. There was no other activity in the clinic. Otis and I were “working” on catching up on some paperwork. Though the sound machine was on and our music was playing in the lobby. I could hear the distinctive … Read More

I almost lost Otis, but thankfully he is OK

June 27, 2013By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

I almost lost Otis May 18th. Not the kind of “lost” where he wandered off though he has been known to do that. The lost as in he could have died because of Canine Bloat, which was accompanied by volvulus; his stomach rotated and twisted.  This condition is lethal if untreated within 6-12 hours and … Read More