I am hoping my new site is as pleasing to others as to me. I have used photos from recent vacations to personalize the site as well as to provide beautiful images. Over the years I have also found a similar benefit by providing similar personal touches within my clinical office space as well.
I have been in practice for nearly 28 years. I could accept that as a good career and decide to retire. But the need to keep abreast of innovations in my field, as well as broaden my understanding to related fields of medicine, nutrition, neuroscience, business and more has helped keep my professional perspective fresh. So, this new website is a representation for me of venturing into even more arenas and being willing to face new challenges even with the many years of experience already under my belt.
Having recently edited/authored, The Hormone Factor in Mental Health: Bridging the Mind-body Gap (2014) caused me to stretch my professional skills far beyond anything I expected to accomplish. Collaboration with contributors for this project who are some of the world’s top professionals in their respected fields was an incredible challenge and accomplishment for us all. As far as I am aware this book is the first and only that examines the specific relationship between the hormone system in the body with cognitions, emotions, and behavior.
Facing change can be scary. I have found most things that provide true rewards have some element of fear involved. The true goal is to work with fear rather than attempting to obliterate it. Finding acceptance of reasonable amounts of fear as energizing rather than restricting can be quite rewarding.