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My Reading List

I love to read and often recommend books to the people I work with. Reading can teach us things – opening our minds to new concepts or ideas – but it also offers us a space to connect with ourselves and others. I’ve already written a few posts about the top books I recommend (see here and here), but I thought I’d do something … Read More My Reading List

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What’s the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist, and counselor?

I get this question a lot. What is a Counselor? And what’s the difference from a psychologist or psychiatrist? In Switzerland, counseling is a field which is not yet well known. Counseling has existed in the USA and the U.K. since the 1950’s and is now a widely known and respected practice. However, there is still some confusion between psychiatry, psychology, and counseling. A … Read More What’s the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist, and counselor?

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Resources for Couples

Being in a couple can be complicated. Luckily, there are ways to improve your relationship. By developing awareness of and skills for healthy relationships, you can already start making things better. Here are some free resources from the Gottman Institute which can be a good starting point: Top Seven Ways to Improve your Marriage How to prioritize your relationship after kids Cultivating happiness in … Read More Resources for Couples

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International Issues

Having experienced my own international transitions as well as being a native English speaker makes me an ideal choice for many people seeking counseling in Geneva. Many people moving abroad underestimate the impact such a change can have, and often don’t know where to turn. I use my understanding of the international experience to help my clients going through the transition of first moving … Read More International Issues

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Stress Management

Stress is something that everyone experiences, however at some point in our lives, we will all have difficulties managing it. This can be due to several factors, including facing stresses that we have never experienced before, such as international relocation, being in a stressful job or relationship, getting married, dealing with grief, and many more life experiences. Stress can also come out in a … Read More Stress Management

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Relationship Difficulties

We live in relationship with others. Whether it’s with friends or coworkers, romantic partners or family members, having connection is important. However, at times we all have difficulties managing these relationships. The most common relationships difficulties I see include: Difficulties finding and keeping friends or romantic partners Being in unsatisfying relationship(s) A need for improved communication and conflict management skills Not finding the support … Read More Relationship Difficulties

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Top 5 Books I Recommend (NEW)

A while ago, I posted about my Top 5 Recommended Books for Clients. Since then, I have discovered new books which I have started recommending to both friends and clients alike. I’ve had all positive reactions to these recommendations, so I thought I’d share: Where to Draw the Line Attached Shame & Guilt Self-Esteem 7 Principles of Making a Marriage Work

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Burnout

In an interesting report from the RTS last night which explored burnout in Switzerland, psychologists and victims of workplace burnout explored the burnout experience. I see this in my practice very often. Many of my clients are either on the path to, in the middle of, or are recovering from burnout. Some have even recovered once before but are again facing the same challenge. … Read More Burnout

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My Expat Story

A few months ago, I did an interview with expatarrivals.com, a site aimed to help smooth the transition for new expats coming to Switzerland. They wanted to know what my transition here was like and how I coped with it. I’ve hesitated sharing the interview here, as I usually don’t share much about my personal life on my website, but I think it could … Read More My Expat Story

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Top 5 Mental Health Apps

Technology is quite amazing these days, with even phone apps addressing mental health needs. Whether you’re travelling or waiting around for public transportation, they’re accessible! Here are 5 apps you might want to check out: Mindshift – for managing anxiety and stress Headspace – to learn how to apply mindfulness to everyday life Habitica – a fun way to increase productivity and manage time … Read More Top 5 Mental Health Apps

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Book Review: Year of Yes

In 2013, Shonda Rimes, creator of series such as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, realized that she was always saying no. A working mother and a highly creative professional, she told herself she was happy…ish. She then decided that she would spend an entire year saying yes, especially to the things that scared her. In her words, she was “going to say yes to anything … Read More Book Review: Year of Yes

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Book Review: The Happiness Project

At the beginning of the New Year, I was hearing a lot about The Happiness Project. I went to New York and people were buzzing about it. I saw it in bookstore windows, heard about it on the news and TV talk shows. But what was it? I decided to find out. A happiness project is “an approach to changing your life… by identifying … Read More Book Review: The Happiness Project