HSP Book Review: Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung

A book for the rest of us.

In case you’re wondering, I don’t receive any compensation for book reviews.  It’s about sharing my love of books with the world and, let’s be honest, to justify buying more books.  I encourage you to check out the following book from your library or purchase from a local book store.  

As a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), I love getting lost in an amazing book.  Also, from time to time, I will dip my toe into the world of graphic novels, much like the book I’m reviewing today. Continue reading “HSP Book Review: Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung”

Self-Help Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight

Is this popular self-help book worth giving a f*ck about?

I am a self-professed, unashamed self-help book junkie.

There, I said it.

I read my first self-help book when I was 16.  I didn’t fully realize at the time, but this was my introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy–now a therapeutic approach I use with most clients.  I’ve been hooked ever since. Continue reading “Self-Help Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight”

Poem: Your Weirdness Will Make You Stronger by Andrea Balt

“Your weirdness

will make you stronger.

Your dark side

will keep you whole.

Your vulnerability

will connect you to

the rest of our

suffering world.

Your creativity

will set you free.

There’s nothing wrong

with you.”

-Andrea Balt


Embrace your weirdness.
cropped-qm-logo-fb-prof-pic-01Arianna Smith, MA, LPC


How Finding a Therapist Can Feel Like Dating*

*Disclaimer: I want to emphasis that any kind of romantic relationship and/or sexual contact between a therapist and client is unethical, illegal and should be reported to the Grievance Board of the state the therapist practices in, if any misconduct occurs. I draw the parallel between dating and finding a therapist to bring some humor and levity to the sometimes  frustrating task of finding a therapist. 


Finding a good therapist, like finding a romantic partner, is not always easy.

However, in both cases, finding ‘the right one’ has a huge pay off when it comes to your overall sanity and well-being.

Surprisingly, there are many similarities between the initial stages of dating and finding a good therapist.  If you have ever gone through the modern dating process in the United States, you may already have some of the skills needed to find a good therapist.  (See, all those tedious coffee dates with strangers really did benefit your mental health!) Continue reading “How Finding a Therapist Can Feel Like Dating*”