Karen Hoving, Ph.D.
Karen Hoving, Ph.D.
As a therapist I try not to “go political.” It is not my job to worry about who you vote for or to try to change your views on politics. I work with people who are aligned with my views, and people who have different views. The rule of thumb is “don’t go there.” So… Continue Reading
Recently I had a patient use a term I had not heard of, “HSP.” The meaning is a HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON. I was humiliated to understand that I had never heard this term! I poked around and found an article on Salon Magazine (OK, not exactly a Psychology Today article but it was originally found… Continue Reading
I was never a fan of the show 19 and Counting on TLC, but I have spent a large amount of my training and time as a Ph.D. Psychotherapist working with Adults and Children that were sexually abused. Many parents that come to me when they find out that one of their children was… Continue Reading
When people call me, often they download what is going on in their lives which is followed by, “I just don’t know if this is normal- to feel blue, or am I depressed?” The DSM-V has an extensive list of the clinical symptoms of Depression, depending on the type of depression. But here are 6… Continue Reading
We have all heard about women having babies and often suffering from Postpartum Depression. Approximately 9 -16% of new moms experience Postpartum depression after the birth of a child.It has been well documented that when mom experiences postpartum depression it impacts the entire family. But what about dads? I’ve recently noticed that some of my… Continue Reading
Many people are struggling with chronic pain and they seem to only consider going to their GP or Specialist for medication. Often, when you go to your GP the one thing you don’t admit to is how your physical pain is effecting you emotionally. I have struggled with Systemic Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis for about… Continue Reading
Many years ago, in the early 1980’s I had never heard of Mindfulness. But I had heard of Meditation and Hypnosis. What I knew about Hypnosis and Mediation were very similar. It was about getting your subconscious mind into a deep level of relaxation. There are four levels of brainwaves: Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta.… Continue Reading
I recently saw this on an UpWorthy site and was very touched by it. In a narrow sense it is about a woman who is a stand up comedian named Ash Beckham that was in Boulder in October 2013. She begins talking about being gay and the process of coming out of the closet.… Continue Reading
Recently I have been reading a number of articles by psychologists that have researched Gratitude Lists. Now if you aren’t sure what a Gratitude List or a Gratitude Journal is let me give you a quick run down. In the past, I have written articles about how effective Journals can be for individuals in and… Continue Reading
I have been a therapist for about 20 years, since the early 1990’s in Cincinnati, Oh where I attained my doctoral degree. About the same time, Animal Assisted Therapy began to take root. Technically, it was first mentioned in research in 1962 by a child psychologist name Dr Boris Levinson in a publication called Mental… Continue Reading