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Take Charge of Your Life – Be Assertive!

May 3, 2016 5:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  You and I likely communicate with others every single day. Whether you’re talking to your family member, a coworker, or a salesperson, what you say and how you say it affect you and the person you are communicating with. An interaction can leave you feeling empty and angry, or empowered and understood. Why the difference? Just as you have... View Article

5 Ways to Love Yourself this Valentine’s Day

February 4, 2016 11:03 am Published by Leave your thoughts

  How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? I have seen this holiday trigger reactions at both ends of the continuum. Some people embrace all that is red and pink, while others can’t wait for it to be over. Regardless of which camp you fall into, I’d like you to think about Valentine’s Day in a different way this year... View Article

Dr. Russ and Molly Mogren of “Hey Eleanor!” Talk Social Anxiety

September 21, 2015 5:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Molly Mogren of the blog “Hey Eleanor!” Prior to starting her most recent project as a full-time freelancer and blogger, Molly was featured in Delta’s Sky Magazine, Food & Wine, and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Molly started the “Hey Eleanor!” blog because she wanted to incorporate Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote, “Do one... View Article

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Summertime! Swimsuit Anxiety…

July 15, 2015 7:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I love to hear stories of personal growth. I’m a psychologist; it’s a big part of what we do. Now and then I like to feature the voice of someone sharing their own story in their own voice. Summer is a season for grilling and swimming with family and friends. Sadly, for many it’s also a time for anxiety about... View Article

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Take Back Your Island (from Anxiety)

June 26, 2015 11:27 pm Published by 4 Comments

Summer is here! The warm sun of summer often encourages us to engage in new commitments and patterns as we look ahead with hope, making, for some, new seasonal resolutions. Often, those of us hoping for change are facing some kind of fear, whether it’s fear-of-the-new or fear-of-changing-the-old. One of the most important tools in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)... View Article

4 Reasons to Share Your Story Now

June 15, 2015 4:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’ve been following the media at all the past month, you’ve probably heard about Demi Lovato and her openness about her struggles with depression, as she launched the Be Vocal campaign. It’s an important reminder about the power of sharing personal stories. My years of experience helping others deal with their mental health challenges has confirmed for me that... View Article

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Social Anxiety Spy For a Day: Data Collection

April 20, 2015 1:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Physicist Richard Feynman once noted, “You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird… So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing—that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”... View Article

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My Social Anxiety Story: Living with Social Anxiety

February 24, 2015 7:30 pm Published by 1 Comment

I was always a shy kid, a classic introvert. In school I’d always prefer to play on my own or read books in the quiet than to interact and engage with other children.   School was the hardest in terms of dealing with social anxiety. I was much taller than the other kids and this made me self-conscious. My peers... View Article

The Constant Creeping of ANTs Will Wear Away the Stone

January 29, 2015 6:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  “The constant creeping of ANTs will wear away the stone.” This old saying of unknown origin speaks to the incredible impact of even the smallest insects, over time, on the hardest surface. The constant grinding of small feet wears away even the most solid rock. Sadly, this is also true of our ANTs, those Automatic Negative Thoughts that constantly... View Article