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

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

The Challenge of Children’s Mental Health

May 2, 2017By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

I grew up in an era (the 50’s and 60’s) when mental health was not discussed at all, let alone considered as something that children had. Children could have separation anxiety; nervous stomachs, concentration problems or were labeled as “sensitive”, “angry” or “different”. Adolescence was supposed to be somewhat difficult and the behaviors we now … Read More

Celebrate Tolerance

December 13, 2016By The Calli Institute

Growing up in a Jewish family in the 60’s meant that I primarily knew about Jewish holidays and customs. Our new year came in the fall. We had Hanukkah, not Christmas, and our traditional meals involved family jokes and TMI.  I had limited exposure to other cultures, as the suburban school I attended was not … 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

Stigma

September 19, 2016By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

Early cultures viewed mental illness as a form of religious punishment, possession or personal weakness. The mentally ill were often viewed as violent or unpredictable and the misguided perceptions about causes of mental illness often led to fear and discrimination. Negative attitudes about mental illness persisted into the 18th century where the primary form of … Read More

Surviving Grief Overload

July 7, 2016By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

Grief is a journey that we will travel eventually in our lifetimes. The loss of a family member or friend, changes in our own physical health or to those of our loved ones as well as the ambiguous losses of changes in employment, finances, family composition can affect us with a grief response. There is … Read More

Changing Your Mood and Life By Writing

May 17, 2016By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

Last year, an article in the Star Tribune on January 19th caught my eye. As someone who has long kept personal diaries, I often wondered if the negative beliefs I had written about myself over those agonizing junior and high school years could have been rewritten to more satisfying conclusions about myself. Those diaries were … Read More