Ambiguous Loss

July 24, 2018By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

I think it is fair to assume that this reading audience has had an experience of loss in their lives. A family member, friend, mentor, community member, or a pet.  There is a predictable, though painful journey in the grief process when there is something tangible to grieve. There are rituals that surround the death, … Read More

Supporting your LGBTQ Child

June 12, 2018By The Calli Institute

Parents and caregivers of LGBTQ youth have a significant opportunity to positively influence their child’s well-being and future. LGBTQ youth whose parents and caregivers support them have better overall physical and mental health, higher self-esteem, and are less likely to use illicit drugs. LGBTQ youth who are accepted by their families are much more likely … Read More

Mood and Food

April 13, 2018By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

You can probably imagine a wonderful meal you have had, or are going to have. The anticipation of a perfectly grilled piece of meat, or fish, the sweetness of the first strawberries of the season, the taste and mouth feel of a wonderful piece of chocolate can lift your spirits.  There is a link between … Read More

School’s Out for the Summer!

June 27, 2017By Tessa Gittleman, LAMFT

If you’re a parent, summer break is likely to stir up two oppositional feelings for you. On one hand, there’s the nostalgia of summer vacation; memories of barbecues, pool parties, summer camps, or even iconic movie scenes from Grease or Stand by Me, leave us feeling excited. We can remember what it feels like to … Read More

Vulnerability Resolution

January 24, 2017By The Calli Institute

January, a time when most of us look for new beginnings. A time when we reflect upon the past year and resolve to change some aspect of our lives. In fact, according to statisticbrain.com, typically 41% of Americans make a New Year’s Resolution. The most common resolutions are: lose weight get healthy quit smoking/drinking exercise … Read More

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2017By The Calli Institute

Happy New Year! Here we are again, wrapping up another trip around the sun. As with any year, 2016 brought moments of happiness, hope and peace, along with violence and tragedy. This past year has been a bit of a bumpy ride for many, likely changing each of us, even if just a little bit. … Read More

Pay it Forward

December 27, 2016By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

I remember seeing the movie Pay It Forward, starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment, in 2000. The movie plot and book, by the same name, was based on this one premise…do something for 3 people in response to a favor or gift that one receives. Those three people will then help three other … Read More

Every 13 Seconds

October 25, 2016By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

In the time it took you to count to 13, someone in this country took their own life. Think of it. Counting to 13 doesn’t take that long. A friend, a family member, a colleague, a neighbor, a co-worker, a stranger, a celebrity are dead, in the time it took to count to 13. Suicide … Read More