Merrill Powers

Shrink Rap: A time to reflect and let go

Gazing out my home office windows I see tender shades of green, pink and white dogwoods and azaleas, the yellows and purples of irises and daffodils. Since today is Easter Sunday a ...

Changing society’s stigma around addiction and the word ‘addict’

Often clients tell me that they have “an addictive personality.” Sorry, no such thing. While there is evidence that some people might have a genetic predisposition, whe ...

Feeling blue? Hunkering down? How to make it better

Depression can be daunting. Some people feel bad for good reasons: a dead end job, or loss of a job; a bad relationship, or loss of a relationship; illness or physical injury. Olde ...

Joy to the world? Or a blue Christmas?

This time of year every store, magazine, and song pushes the joy of family togetherness. But what happens to grandpa when the far-flung family stops gathering because Grandma died? ...

This kind of stress calls for more than a bubble bath

Since Election Day, my neighbor’s nine-year-old grandson has been having nightmares because his classmates are saying atomic bombs will fall. I’m meeting people who e ...