Interview with Dr. Margaret DeLong, Psychologist and Author

I had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Margaret DeLong about her work as The Gratitude Psychologist. Dr. DeLong is an author and psychologist with a dynamic and innovative practice, and I loved having the opportunity to get to know her! 1. Your website says you’re the Gratitude Psychologist. What does this mean to you,Continue reading “Interview with Dr. Margaret DeLong, Psychologist and Author”

The Ultimatum: Michael Scott Does DBT

In honor of The Office leaving Netflix (US) last night, I spent a lot of yesterday afternoon marathoning. (I have to say, though, the Super Fan episodes on Peacock make me feel like I’m watching for the first time again!) Choosing a favorite episode of The Office is like choosing a favorite child; I justContinue reading “The Ultimatum: Michael Scott Does DBT”

Psychological Evaluation 101: What Is A Referral Source?

I spoke last week about referral questions, or what you are hoping to learn from a psychological evaluation. This week, I want to talk about referral sources, or who recommends that you get a psychological evaluation. Working with kids, most of my referrals come from pediatricians, and a lot of adults get referred by theirContinue reading “Psychological Evaluation 101: What Is A Referral Source?”

Psychological Evaluation 101: What Is A Psych Eval?

One of the tricky things about getting help with your mental health is that many people don’t know where to start or what to ask for. We don’t get educated about psychology unless we specifically go to school for it (but thank God I memorized all 50 state capitals and only remember 10 of them!).Continue reading “Psychological Evaluation 101: What Is A Psych Eval?”

Self-Care in Lockdown: A Checklist

This is something I shared on my Facebook page months ago, but I thought it deserved a re-share since many states have gone back into lockdown. I wrote it with kids in mind, but the concepts apply to adults too. When you never leave the house, the days can blur together. It’s tempting to parkContinue reading “Self-Care in Lockdown: A Checklist”

Giftedness: Anxiety With Better Branding

Today I would like to share a personal story. When I was a kid, I loved to read. I mean, I loved to read. I brought books out to recess, I stayed up late with a flashlight under my covers, I watched almost no television. I think it was the fifth grade when my schoolContinue reading “Giftedness: Anxiety With Better Branding”

You’re Grounded: The Problem with Punishing Self-Harm Behavior

(Content warning: this post talks about self-harm in general terms.) I’ve talked before about the challenge of conceptualizing behavior as a symptom of mental illness. This is especially challenging for parents when it comes to discipline; on the one hand, you can’t make symptoms go away by punishing them, but on the other hand, ifContinue reading “You’re Grounded: The Problem with Punishing Self-Harm Behavior”

How Do We Talk About Suicide?

Obvious content warning: this blog post talks about suicide in a non-descriptive way. Mental health is hard to talk about. Although we’ve gotten better over the years as a society, there is still a huge stigma, especially around suicide. Suicide is a symptom, just like heart failure is a symptom, but suicide gets talked aboutContinue reading “How Do We Talk About Suicide?”

What Do Risk Assessments Look Like?

Content/Trigger Warning: Suicidal Ideation September is Suicide Awareness Month, so my best friend, Cirien, helped me create a mock risk assessment. Many people wonder what it looks like if you tell your therapist you are having suicidal thoughts that you don’t want to act on, so I created this video to show how I respondContinue reading “What Do Risk Assessments Look Like?”

Thoughts On Self-Diagnosing

Many people struggle to acknowledge when they are having trouble with their mental health, and this happens for a few reasons. First, stigma about what it means to have mental illness can put people in denial about their symptoms. They don’t want to be labeled “crazy” or “unstable.” Second, mental health is health that relatesContinue reading “Thoughts On Self-Diagnosing”