13 Articles by Alena Gerst, LCSW

Alena Gerst, LCSW

I Wanted To Avoid A C-Section At All Costs. And Then I Went Into Labor

Before I became pregnant, I thought Cesarean sections were performed only in the event of a true emergency.

Alena Gerst, LCSW
August 6 2015

What Story Are You Telling Yourself?

We all have a victim story. Blame can be laid upon not only strangers, but frequently upon parents, partners, friends, teachers, coworkers, neighbors,...

Alena Gerst, LCSW
September 11 2014

5 Ways To Deal With Unexpected Change

What is changing in your life right now? Is it a sudden change having to do with a happy milestone? Or was there a call in the middle of the night, an...

Alena Gerst, LCSW
July 7 2014

Why Being Kind To Yourself After Failure Is So Important

As a therapist, I sit with many people who have adopted the belief system that they must be harder on themselves than necessary, and then wonder why...

Alena Gerst
May 27 2014

3 Ways Prayers Can Help You Heal

The grieving man stooped in sadness, accepting condolences from friends, loved ones, strangers. He wept over his sister's untimely passing. She was my...

Alena Gerst, LCSW
December 30 2013

Why Everything You Do Matters

I was just out of college living in a small southwestern ski town, and planning a move to the Big City. Excited to begin my career as a dancer and...

Alena Gerst
November 22 2013

Why Having More Time Won't Solve All Your Problems

Time can be a sensitive issue. It can seem as scarce as water during a draught. We find ourselves grasping for more, trying to buy more, or hoarding...

Alena Gerst
October 21 2013

How To Deal With A Friend Who's A Debbie Downer

Ever found yourself standing on the cusp of an idea, about to crack open a long held dream, but you're feeling ready to take it on? 

Alena Gerst, LCSW
March 15 2013

What Happens When Your Dreams Come True?

When I moved to The Big Apple in 1998 to pursue my dream of dancing professionally, I was singlemindedly focused on one thing and one thing only: To...

Alena Gerst, LCSW
February 9 2013

5 Ways You Hold Yourself Back (And What To Do About It)

Do you ever hear about someone's success and wonder, How did they get there? Do you sometimes feel like you're on the outside looking in?

Alena Gerst, LCSW
February 7 2013