Entries by Diana Garber

It is Ok to Admit you Failed

Failing at work is inevitable. More importantly, it is incredibly hard admit it.  Most people feel shame, have negative thoughts and then want to leave the building and never come back. Learning to handle failure, and more importantly, owning it and showing that you can overcome failure is one of the most important skills for a […]

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An Ode To My Cellphone: How Can I Miss You If You Were Never Really Gone

Before our baby was born, my husband and I did not discuss parenting styles, with one big exception: cellphones. My husband was adamant that cellphones would distract us from spending time with our daughter. I told him I agreed. Then the bullets started flying. In those early days of late night feeds, backwards circadian clocks and 3 a.m. glider parties, my cellphone became my lifeline. . .

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How to Silence the Shoulds

By Diana Garber JD, LCSW As a mental heath therapist, I have many clients that are pulled by obligations and cannot silence the “shoulds” in their lives.  Many report that they often feel eclipsed by expectations and never get to focus on what they want or their own needs.  In my recent article for the San […]

Taking Time for Yourself

By Diana Garber JD, MSW   Taking time for yourself is often the hardest thing to do.  Often work, family and social obligations take top billing, leaving very little left for “me” time.  Although my blog post was written for a mother’s blog, this is an area that many of my clients struggle with and […]

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Election Depression Is Real: How to deal with your feelings and talk to your kids

By Diana Garber, JD MSW   This article was going to be about sibling rivalry.  Last week, I sketched out my thoughts and multiple times, I sat down at a blank screen trying to write the words.  It didn’t happen.  Frankly, I just wasn’t there emotionally.  And, I can imagine that many of you feel […]

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A Difference of Opinion: Supporting Individuation

By Diana Garber, JD, MSW This month, I wrote about individuation of toddlers and teenagers for the San Francisco Mom’s Blog.  This theory was first developed by Margaret Mahler and called Object Relations theory of Separation-Individuation. Individuation is the process of becoming aware of oneself.  While individuation occurs throughout most of childhood, it is most […]