1. Coming Out and Other Challenges That the LGBTQIA Community Faces

    Happy Pride Month From Your Local Psychologist! In honor of Pride Month that is happening right now, we would like to highlight some of the challenges and issues that are unique to the LBGTQIA community that affect the whole person that may benefit from the therapy provided by Dr. Beth Firestein, yo…Read More

  2. Money Issues_Answer

    I’m guessing that you have a lot of people in your boat and their boat is weighed down just as much as yours.  Even for those who haven’t lost jobs or had major cuts in income, the fear and stress of that possibility are there. Just ask them. There are three issues that intertwine with your dil…Read More

  3. Money Issues_Question

    Question:    Money is a big issue in our family these days. In the past, we used to buy gifts for immediate family members, close friends and even a few neighbors and the postman that brings our mail.  Now that our income has been cut in half due to layoffs and payments on credit card debt, we c…Read More

  4. Sibling Conflict_Answer

    Holidays seem to bring up a lot of feelings about our relationships, especially our relationships with members of our family.  Joys, losses and unresolved conflicts all float into our minds. It seems like this is definitely happening for you.  It is surprisingly common for family members to become…Read More

  5. Sibling Conflict_Question

    Question:    My sister and I had a fight about 3 years ago and we haven’t talked since that time. The issue we fought about, which seemed really important at the time, doesn’t seem so important now. I think about her a lot, especially around the holidays. I want to reach out to her but I don…Read More

  6. Thanksgiving with the family_Answer

    It sounds like you have a loving but difficult relationship with your family.  You will probably need to make a choice this year between spending the holiday with your family or with your boyfriend’s family due to the distance between the households. Of course, there is also the option of having …Read More

  7. Thanksgiving with the family_Question

    Question:    I love my family, but sometimes I really don’t like them very much and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. My parents live about 2 hours away. I am 33 years old, I work full-time and I am in a good relationship with my boyfriend of 3 years. He doesn’t mind going to see my fam…Read More

  8. Balance between job and family_Answer

    You are very fortunate to have found a meaningful career that you are passionate about that also allows you help others so directly. It sounds like you are struggling with the demands of your work setting and not the overall nature of your work or career path. In that respect, you are one of the for…Read More

  9. Balance between job and family_Question

    Question: My job is physically, emotionally and mentally demanding. Because I work in emergency care at a hospital, my priorities often have to shift to work with the first ring of a cell phone when I am on call. I have a supportive husband and son, but I am starting to feel guilty about the time I …Read More

  10. Being laid off – How to handle_Answer

    You should be concerned. While there is such a thing as legal Multi-Level Marketing businesses (MLMs), the vast majority are legally questionable pyramid or Ponzi type schemes.  Originally, such businesses came into being to distribute goods and products in rural or remote areas where distribution …Read More