Uncertainty is a feeling many of us have experienced in recent months.  It’s been a fixture in news headlines, driven by the political upheaval that has followed last November’s election. This kind of macro-level uncertainty can absolutely affect how we feel in our everyday lives.  And of course there are numerous personal examples - a job loss, a break-up, a move - where a sense of uncertainty about the future can create real anxiety that impacts our mental and physical health in a tangible way. 
 
You’ve probably heard the Read more...

Last January we spoke with therapist Lisa Richman*of Mazzoni's Open Door counseling program to get her advice on making – and sticking to – healthy New Year’s resolutions.  As an experienced therapist and facilitator of recovery support groups, Lisa had some great insights into the challenges involved when it comes to changing our behavior, and how to overcome those challenges. 

Her main advice was to take a thoughtful look at your life and try to identify any patterns that may be causing Read more...

Back by popular demand, it’s our 2016 Holiday Survival Guide!
 
Despite the joyful reputation – and no matter your age or station in life – we all know that the holiday season can be an anxious time.  
 
Every year the team at Mazzoni Center’s Open Door Counseling program puts together a thoughtful and comprehensive booklet we call our “Holiday Survival Guide,” filled with Read more...
Loving Ourselves, Just as We Are, With Mindfulness

Are you thinking kind thoughts about yourself right now?
Are you treating yourself with compassion?
How would it be to say that you love something about yourself?

Mindfulness practice invites us to notice what’s happening in the present moment – and to bring with our awareness the attitudes of curiosity and non-judgment. Would letting go of some self-judgment be a loving experience for you?

Many people say that practicing mindfulness is an inherently loving act for a couple of reasons. The first is that we free ourselves from judgment, if only Read more...

Mazzoni Center MSW Intern Bob Pileggi

The holidays can be a time of great joy and excitement – and also great disappointment and disconnection. Maybe you remember years past of hiding your full self in order to be acceptable to family. Or maybe your family still doesn’t want your partner to come to a holiday celebration. Or maybe you want to wear a fabulous red dress instead of a button-down and khakis, but that’s not going to happen because your family still can’t get over the fact that as a kid you liked to cook and knit more than play football. There are lots of reasons that LGBT folks can end up Read more...

Mindfulness Mazzoni Center LGBT health holiday stress

With the holiday season upon us, there are abundant opportunities for connection and enjoyment – in addition to stress!  So much of our holiday stress is connected to outsized expectations, family tensions, financial concerns, intimate relationships, travel headaches, or other factors.

Some good news: whatever the source of your stress, mindfulness can be a powerful and effective tool to help you more fully experience the things that delight you at this time of year.

Mindfulness is primarily about paying attention to life in this moment. Not only can it help us enjoy Read more...