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Holidays

We are well into the holiday season, past Thanksgiving (which seems forever ago), heading into Christmas. The countdown is on, there’s not enough time, there’s so much to do. But wait, we do want to slow down and enjoy the season, right? But what is the reason for the season? It may really vary, depending… Read More

1.  Deep “Belly Breathing”.  Try taking 6 to 10 deep breaths.  Put your hand on your belly and imagine filling your belly with breath, rather than your lungs.  This helps you breathe deeply from your diaphragm.  Be sure to fully exhale each time.  You can even exhale with a “whoosh”, forcing the breath out.  It’s… Read More

We all love the holidays, but we don’t love the stress they bring.  Actually, we create some of the stress ourselves, while some can’t be avoided.  What to do?  If you can’t change some things, change the things you can.  Here are some ideas; you may have more — please feel free to share. Take… Read More

Fall is definitely here, and with it the beginning of the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and next comes Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s.  For some of us, this is a time of gratitude, joy and happy anticipation, and that’s wonderful. But for some, the holiday season is very difficult.  It may be… Read More

Happy New Year!  It’s always nice to get a fresh start.  We at Families Counseling in Simi Valley wish you and your family a wonderful 2015.  Let’s all try to get some downtime and relaxation daily, just like the dog in this picture… Read More

I’ve been waiting for New Year’s Day for quite some time, I realize. 2012 has been a rough one in multiple ways, for my family and for so many others, and I know I’ve been waiting for the calendar to flip over. Surely 2013 will be better, I’ve thought. But 2012 was also full of… Read More

So how are your New Year’s resolutions progressing?  For many of us, the answer is “not so good!”  Well, if  so, you aren’t alone.  Take a look at this post for 8 Reasons Your New Year’s Resolutions Didn’t Stick.  It’s never too late to begin again… Read More

Grieving the loss of a loved one, especially a spouse, is never easy.  This time of year is often the hardest, and it’s easy to believe that you are all alone.  Widow’s Voice is a wonderful blog that will help a lot with that feeling of being alone.  Started by Michele Hernandez  after the sudden… Read More

Are you ready to say good-bye to 2009?  It seems like it’s been a tough year.  In all my years of practice as a therapist, I have never seen so many clients hit hard by financial problems as in this year.  It seemed to come from all sides.  Many lost jobs, others found their businesses… Read More

Take a look at this heart-warming column by Joe Howry in our local Ventura County Star. It’s titled “Christmas Through the Eyes of an an 11 year old” . Not only did it bring back memories of when my boys were little, it also brought back memories of when I was little. Now that’s saying… Read More

Does it seem to you that times are changing, and maybe not for the better, at least for now? So many people I talk to seem frightened and unsure of what is going on, in the economy, in the world, and even in their immediate lives. The winds of change do seem to be blowing… Read More

Happy New Year! Would it be New Year’s, at least to a therapist, without talking about making New Year’s resolutions? Well, it might be, but I’ll write about it anyway. We all know that making New Year’s resolutions is often an exercise in futility. We look back on the past year, feel badly about what… Read More

Well, I got my holiday spirit and, as I should have know, the secret is in the people. I just hadn’t been able to feel that happy, excited feeling that I used to feel before Christmas, and I really missed it. Granted, it’s an easy feeling to have when you have small children. Their excitement… Read More

This is hard to admit, but it seems that for the last few years I’ve had to work a bit to enjoy the holidays. It seems that every year the buying season starts earlier, and that every year it takes me longer to get into the “Christmas spirit”. I’ve asked myself why, and I think… Read More

Grieving the loss of a loved one is always hard. Special times like anniversary dates, family milestones, and especially the holiday season are even tougher, especially during the first few years. This year, rather than write our own piece, we’ve gathered together some information from other websites that we think will help. Grieving during the… Read More

I was reading Fast Company magazine, and came across an interesting article on why New Year’s resolutions so often fail. (Click on this post’s title to see the article.) We all love the fresh, energized feeling of stating our latest resolution, but so often, that’s where it ends. The article made a really interesting point… Read More

Since it’s a fresh new year, seems like it might be time to add a new feature to our web page. I’ve been mulling over for some time how to be more regular with our newsletter. My goal has been to publish it quarterly, but it never seems to happen. One month leads into the… Read More