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How important are grades?

Dr. Paul
Child showing good grades.

I’ve had a successful career as a psychologist. I’m the Director of The Everett Clinic’s Behavioral Health department which I started 25 years ago. Several years ago I was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for my contributions to the clinic. I’ve also published many articles in professional journals. Read more about How important are grades?

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Coping with holiday sadness

Dr. Paul
Lighting a calendar with family members.

Before sunrise, the sky still dark, I start my walk around Greenlake. It’s quiet in the early morning, with just a few walkers or joggers. I love watching the sky grow lighter, slowly illuminating the trees and the shore of this urban green space. As dawn breaks, I hear the winter birds start their daily song.

This time of year, as I watch the sunrise, I’m sad. I think of my mother who passed away 5 years ago this winter. She had a heart attack right after the Christmas holiday and died two and a half months later. She was 92. Read more about Coping with holiday sadness

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Make self-care a priority

Dr. Paul
Father and son shaving in the bathroom.

My youngest daughter, in her early 30’s, has a demanding job in a start-up company while her husband is working long hours on expanding a new business. The challenge—they are also running after their 19-month old toddler.  When I talk to my daughter she always seems stressed—not by the parenting portion of her life, but by the demands of her job. She gets texts and emails at all hours of the day and night. Read more about Make self-care a priority

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A holiday message

Dr. Paul
Family enjoying each others company at the dinner table.

All of us are connected with each other.

When we sit down for dinner and eat a slice of bread, we bite down into the crusty dough, only thinking about how delicious it tastes. We might be thankful that we picked up this great loaf of bread at our local supermarket. Read more about A holiday message

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How to cope with disappointment

Dr. Paul
Disappointed adult man.

The other day, an acquaintance told me— “I’m afraid to dream about the future. I’ve had so many disappointments in my life. I don’t want to be disappointed again.” As a psychologist, I’ve heard this sentiment many times. But when I asked him about these disappointments, he brought up events that are part of the natural course of life—the death of a loved one or changes in work life. His life hadn’t turned out the way he had imagined. When he was in his 20’s, he envisioned a different life than he is living. Now in his mid 50’s, he’s afraid to dream about the future. Read more about How to cope with disappointment

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The holidays are around the corner

Dr. Paul
Family playing outside in the fall weather.

Thanksgiving is knocking on our door, with Christmas just around the corner. Autumn is always a busy time for families. School and soccer start with a bang in September. I remember chauffeuring my kids to practice and games. I don’t miss standing out in the rain while they ran back and forth! Progress reports have arrived and sometimes that suggests a readjustment of activities and structure. It's all part of the autumn cycle. Read more about The holidays are around the corner

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Low back pain—ouch!

Dr. Paul
Senior man with lower back pain getting out of bed.

Several weeks ago, I was shopping at Macy’s. I bent over to pick up something and BOING, my lower back and glutes seized up! I was bent over in pain and could barely walk. I managed to get to my car and drive home. Feeling sorry for myself, miserable, my big plans for the weekend shot—I was pretty much good for nothing.

This wasn’t my first bout of lower back pain, but this was my first acute episode in several years.  What had I learned from previous occurrences? Generally, for me, these painful incidents were preceded by stress and tension. Read more about Low back pain—ouch!

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