Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

FOMO: What its all about? Summer seems to have the unique ability to stir up all kinds of emotions. Unlike Summer’s colder and cozier sister, Winter, there is less of an excuse to stay inside and more of an excuse to get out and “do things.” Now, based on our current cultural climate, any particular […]

After College

    It would seem that life after college would be simple – no more papers, no more homework, no more being accountable to others.  The landscape seems wide open and free.   However, many people find the first few years after college to be quite challenging.  First there is the need to find a […]

Thoughts on Pixar’s Movie Inside Out

Pixar’s new film “Inside Out” seems to be creating quite the stir in the therapy community. Most clinicians in our field tend to agree that the movie provides very accurate and useful information about emotions in a way that is accessible and entertaining. It tells the story of a young girl, Riley, and the characters […]

Attachment styles and relationships

Here at the San Francisco Counseling Center, we’ve decided to explore the subject of attachment in a series of blog posts. Our attachment style plays an important role in how we navigate socially and form and maintain relationships. Our attachment style primarily comes from our upbringing and how our caregivers responded to our needs. These […]

Insomnia and ‘sleep hygiene’

Most people experience the occasional difficulty falling asleep.  Today life is faster than it was a generation ago and we have much less barrier between our personal life and our work life, the result can be that we carry much more of our work life with us throughout the day.  Here are some tips to […]

Video: One Possible Meaning of a Tattoo

A couple of years ago, our Director, Dr. Scott Schulkin participated in a video for a student’s master degree project.  The video depicts the possible meanings of a tattoo for a particular person.  Warning – it is sad. The video was by Vanessa Hellman and her crew.  It is an excellent video.  We hope you […]


A colleague who runs a clinic recently attended a management seminar.  She described one point about passive-aggressiveness in the work place, and the seminar leader’s instructions were to ask the employee 5 different ways why that person was behaving in a passive-aggressive manner.  Sounds on the surface like a reasonable plan. But it’s not.  Here’s […]

Graduation and other milestones

  As we are approaching the season for graduations, there are many reasons to pause for reflection.  Typically, milestones such as graduation, certain birthdays (18, 21, 30, 40, 50, etc), life events (birth of a sibling, birth of a child, marriage or partnership commitment, illness, divorce, etc) are all causes for reflection.  Typically, we think […]


Anxiety is a problem which has many faces.  Many times we do not even know we are experiencing anxiety.  To make matters even worse, when we don’t know we are anxious, we cannot deal with the problem, respond appropriately, or deal with our mate properly. What does anxiety look like?  Many of the signs and […]