Psychologist, Author, Teacher of Mindfulness and Compassion

Articles and Posts Featuring Dr. Susan Pollak


The Ultimate Survival Guide for Mentally Coping During the Holidays
For all the cheer the holidays bring, they can also be a time of stress. From having to attend numerous social events to interacting with multiple family members to feeling the loss of a loved one, there are many things that can be triggering during...
News and Tools For Happiness, Love, and Wisdom; Self-Compassion in Daily Life
It was one of those mornings. The baby hadn’t slept, Amy’s husband was out of town, and three-year-old Sophie insisted on wearing her new tutu to nursery school as snowflakes began to pile up on the New England January morning. Plus they...
Self-Compassion for Parents
Recently I was helping some cousins with preparations at a family wedding in the countryside. One of them was a mom who had three young kids, including a newborn. We began to talk about parenting."“So, how am I doing?" Emma asked me point-blank, looking anxious. I'm the last...
An Eight-Step Practice for Parents
"I'm so distressed," Stephanie said, immediately reaching for the box of tissues in our first session. "I've never felt this much sadness in my entire life. The last few months have been hell. I'm having trouble sleeping.  I feel like my life has fallen apart. Can you help me not be...
The Unlived Lives of Parents
Lionel and Kyra's son, Tyrone, had significant developmental delays from his premature birth. Now seven years old, he's playing Little League, but he can't run as fast as the other kids, doesn’t have good hand-eye coordination , and rarely connects with the ball. "He likes being...
Mindfulness for Parents and Children: New Parenting Books 2019
The abundance of parenting styles and fads—tiger moms, helicopter parents, and cat dads, not to mention free-range parenting, baby-led parenting, and attachment parenting—is enough to make any new parent's head spin. As a possible antidote, several forthcoming titles...