Psychologist, Author, Teacher of Mindfulness and Compassion

Short Essays and Blog Posts Featuring Dr. Susan Pollak

Cultivating Resilience with our Parents
The pandemic has been especially hard on the elderly. Even though, at last, many are now receiving vaccines, people over 70 remain at increased risk not only of Covid-19, but also of anxiety, depression...
You Are Not Alone
For many of us, being confined to quarantine because of the coronavirus has been the most challenging time in our lives. The very scaffolding of our world, all that we had depended on to sustain us...
Helping Kids Remain Calm When the World Seems Scary
Many of the parents I see in my clinical practice are telling me about the nightmares their children are having. One client in particular was concerned about his young son. "My four-year-old is waking...
Compassion During Quarantine
The other day I was standing in line at the pharmacy, waiting to pick up a prescription. It was a long line and it was moving slowly. People were getting irritable. Suddenly, a man ahead of me turned started yelling...
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...
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...
Illness as a Dharma Door
On a dark and frigid day in February 2020, we found out that my husband had a rare and deadly blood cancer. It could be treated but not cured. It was difficult to diagnose and we initially thought it was...
Why Parents Need a Little Self-Compassion
"I don’t have any time for self-care. I know I need it, but I feel like I'm a bad mother if I take time for myself," said Michelle, a participant in my Self-Compassion for Parents workshop. "I simply don't have...
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...
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...