Love it or hate it—Valentine’s Day is here to stay! Like many holidays, the stress of the day alone can cause tension in even the best of relationships (more about holiday stress here). But Valentine’s Day is an entirely different animal compared to other holidays. High expectations, financial pressures, and the “wining” part of “wining and dining” often don’t... Read More
The holidays have begun! While this time of year is usually associated with shopping malls and the aroma of fresh-baked goods, it can also be a tricky season riddled with feelings of anxiety, depression, and additional forms of stress. In fact, the holidays can be a time of year when legal help is needed most, with high rates of self-medicating... Read More
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which is the most complex abuse of them all? Glad you asked, because it’s a topic I have become very familiar with during my work at Project SafeGuard: digital abuse.
No, this has nothing to do with beating your computer with a hammer. Digital abuse is one of today’s most prevalent forms of abuse; while... Read More
Mental Health Meets Criminal Defense
I’m a criminal defense attorney, not a mental health professional. Yet, mental health issues and depression intersect with my work in more ways than you might think. Many of my clients struggle with mental health issues, and they are certainly not alone.
The National Institute of Mental Health estimated that in 2016 16.2 million adults suffered... Read More
Domestic violence is a complex issue on its own; when it comes into play in my criminal defense cases, it can be an intricate puzzle to solve. Both offender and victim are in an intimate relationship before the arrest, and it is very likely that they will continue to be in one after the case finishes. Treating these cases... Read More
Celebrating Men’s Health Month: Acknowledging Male Victims of Domestic Violence
June is Men’s Health month, designed to facilitate national dialogue around important and common health issues that men face: heart disease, cancer, stroke, etc. But this month, I want to explore a lesser-discussed (and perhaps lesser-acknowledged) health issue that many men struggle with and one that I see routinely in... Read More