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Guilt Because I Survived

If you live in the Bay Area you have heard little else other than the devastating fires that ravaged our beloved wine country.  October is notorious for fire in California due to the strong, warm off shore winds, but this year was worse than ever.  As of Thursday October 19, 42 deaths have been reported, […]

October, 2017 | 0 Comments

9th Circle of Hell

The Northern California fires of 2017 have been a personal experience with the 9th circle of hell for those involved.  We in California are no stranger to the danger of fires, and being more common than earthquakes – our other famous natural disaster – we are accustomed to dealing with them.  Not this time. This […]

October, 2017 | 0 Comments

Vicarious PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is essentially the chronic firing of the fight/flight system housed primarily in the amygdala of the brain. It means we think our safety and very life is in constant threat. Living in contemporary society means there’s something triggering PTSD every week. I’m also seeing an uptick in what we call […]

October, 2017 | 0 Comments


Do you pay enough attention to sleep? Chances are you probably don’t. It’s an easy thing to take for granted, especially when you’re young and you believe yourself invincible. Everyone’s had the all-nighter to prepare for an exam or maybe because that party was too fun to leave. Everyone has had to pay for it […]

September, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dissociative Helping

Have you ever entrusted a personal issue to a friend or family member and found their response more upsetting then helpful? You’re not alone. It happens with regularity actually. I call it dissociative helping.   Disassociation refers to a psychological phenomena concerning detachment from the emotional and sometimes physical experiences – a kind of out […]

September, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s Called Friction

It’s called “friction”. The mind-numbing, infuriating bullshit you have to put up with when you deal with your medical insurance. You know the drill; you call hoping to get something accomplished, like reimbursement for out of pocket costs and they dick you around. First it’s difficult to get a live person on the phone – […]

August, 2017 | 1 Comment

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