Coming Out; A Lifespan Perspective

May 29, 2018By Tessa Gittleman, LAMFT

It wasn’t a common thing to be out when I was a kid. Having grown up in the early 90’s, all I knew of gay culture was that I was a likely candidate to join the team, and that my prospects weren’t good. I had heard of estranged family members, how often people speculated about … Read More

Accelerated Therapy

May 14, 2018By Tessa Gittleman, LAMFT

If your car were stalling repeatedly, would you assume it could be fixed in weekly, 45-minute intervals? Probably not. Attempting to solve your car problems this way would only allow you to address superficial issues. Sure, it might drive nicely for a while, but a part of you would be anticipating when the next stall … Read More

The Reverse Bucket List

February 20, 2018By Tessa Gittleman, LAMFT

Derived from the phrase, “to kick the bucket,” bucket lists are essentially a compilation of things to do, try, or see before you die. If you have never made one before, imagine creating a list of New Year’s resolutions that you try to hold yourself to accomplishing over a lifetime. If you love animals, maybe … Read More

Many Families

February 8, 2018By Tessa Gittleman, LAMFT

And the award for family of the year goes to… Football season has been the prime time focus for many Minnesotans, regardless of their interest in sports, thanks to this year’s Super Bowl. So much so, in fact, that many have forgotten we are in the middle of another big season for TV consumption, and I … Read More

A Better Recipe for a Better Year

December 28, 2017By Tessa Gittleman, LAMFT

I don’t know about you, but in my experience with cooking, I’ve historically found that the seemingly easiest recipes are the ones easiest to mess up. Having grown up in the restaurant industry, I learned that this experience was not unique to me, or industry specific. Go to any part of the world, meet with … Read More

Happy 25th Anniversary, World Mental Health Day!

October 3, 2017By Tessa Gittleman, LAMFT

On October 10th, 2017, everyone from mental health practitioners to national governments are encouraged to #LightUpPurple and celebrate World Mental Health Day. Founded in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), World Mental Health Day has the singular mission of improving the quality of mental health services around the globe. In order to … Read More

Learning to Peacefully Co-Exist with Anxiety

September 20, 2017By Tessa Gittleman, LAMFT

Do you feel as if situations and people around you are growing more and more anxious? You are not alone. According to the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Personality and Social Study, anxiety has increased dramatically since the 1950’s . It has increased so much so, that the average high school student’s anxiety is equal … Read More

Transitioning the Family From Summer to School

August 22, 2017By Tessa Gittleman, LAMFT

When school lets out for the summer, kids and parents alike tend to enter a stage of bliss. Home becomes a little sweeter, the weight from academics is lifted, and the only worry in the world is how to pack so much fun into so little time, right? When school lets out for the summer, kids … Read More