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Submit Your Questions to the Emerald’s “Ask a Therapist” Column

by Emerald Staff

South Seattle Emerald Contributors Liz Covey and Roy Fisher are professional counselors ready to answer your questions in a monthly column, “Ask A Therapist.” The two are professionals providing their insight on your anonymous questions.

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Ask A Therapist: What to Do When Your Teen Doesn’t Want You at the Doctor, and Setting Boundaries with Negativity

Counselors Roy Fisher and Liz Covey answer two questions each month for South Seattle Emerald’s “Ask A Therapist.” Have a question about a relationship? Wondering about the struggles of being a parent? Others likely have the same questions and Covey and Fisher bring years of professional experience to provide their insights.

This month, readers asked the Emerald what to do when your teenager doesn’t want you at the doctor anymore, and how to set boundaries around negativity with family members.

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Ask A Therapist: On Finding a Therapist and Answering “How Are You?” When the Answer is “Not Good.”

Counselors Roy Fisher and Liz Covey answer two questions each month for South Seattle Emerald’s “Ask A Therapist.” Have a question about a relationship? Wondering about the struggles of being a parent? Others likely have the same questions and Covey and Fisher bring years of professional experience to provide their insights.

This month, readers asked the Emerald how to find a good therapist, and what to do when people ask “How are you?” and you’re not doing well and unsure how to answer.

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Ask A Therapist: On Protecting Black Children from Trauma and Dealing with Narcissistic Family Members

Counselors Roy Fisher and Liz Covey answer two questions each month for South Seattle Emerald’s “Ask A Therapist.” Have a question about a relationship? Wondering about the struggles of being a parent? Others likely have the same questions and Covey and Fisher bring years of professional experience to provide their insights.

This month, readers asked the Emerald about helping a partner or friend get counseling or therapy they may need and about how to tell when we are over-parenting our children.

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Ask A Therapist: On Overparenting and Helping a Friend Get Counseling

Counselors Roy Fisher and Liz Covey answer two questions each month for South Seattle Emerald’s “Ask A Therapist.” Have a question about a relationship? Wondering about the struggles of being a parent? Others likely have the same questions and Covey and Fisher bring years of professional experience to provide their insights.

This month, readers asked the Emerald about helping a partner or friend get counseling or therapy they may need and about how to tell when we are over-parenting our children.

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Submit Your Questions to the Emerald’s New “Ask a Therapist” Column

by Emerald Staff

The South Seattle Emerald is pleased to announce a monthly column, “Ask A Therapist,” which will answer questions you may have by professional counselors. Have a question about a relationship? Wondering about the struggles of being a parent? Others likely have the same questions, and counselors Liz Covey and Roy Fisher bring years of professional experience to provide their insights.

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BEYOND SMALL TALK — New Year’s Resolution: Conduct a Passiveness Audit

by Julie Pham

Imagine you are on a bus in the middle of winter. Someone has his window open and all the people around him are shivering. Yet, no one says anything even though all are thinking, “This guy should close this window!” Instead of acting, everyone continues to sit in the cold, resentful and silent.

Imagine a new coworker has joined the team. Someone asks, “What do you like to do in your free time?” She responds, “I like to read my Bible.” Awkwardness falls over the group, most of whom haven’t been to a religious institution in years, if ever. Instead of acknowledging her response, the topic is quickly changed.

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