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SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford

Summary: Welcome to SelfWork! Do you have things in your life you want to change, but you struggle to know how? If you're struggling with depression or anxiety, Dr. Margaret has a compassionate, common-sense approach to therapy and mental health treatment, and uses her twenty years of experience to guide you in making the changes you want. No psychological jargon here! Rather, she uses a solution-oriented approach to depression or anxiety - what Dr. Margaret calls, "What you can do about it." And she describes the links between perfectionism and depression in her upcoming book, Perfectly Hidden Depression. Subscribe today!

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 112 SelfWork: One Way to Confront Your Fear of Aging — No Matter How Old You Are | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:17

Let’s face it. With each new birthday, with every new decade, you can become more afraid of the future. No matter what your age, you can worry and dread aging. How do you keep on growing a sense of purpose and positivity in the face of these inevitable changes? You can tuck, and plank, and devour […]

 111 SelfWork: How to Stay Out of Texting Trouble | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:59

Today texting is the topic and I’m talking about how to keep texting safe and healthy in both a relationship and in families. We’ll reference an article by Christine Schoenwald featured in Psych Central who talks about the six ways it can cause problems. But I’m going to stress how those problems can be avoided […]

 110 SelfWork: What Depression Is and What It’s Not: Common Myths About Depression | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:32

Today we’re talking about seven major myths about depression. There are many more than seven but these are common questions I get or comments I hear out in public. So we’re going to set the record straight. In this episode, sponsored by, we’ll answer questions about PostPartum Depression, PreMenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and […]

 109 SelfWork: A First Step In Creating More Perspective on Your Life — Using A Timeline | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:45

Today we’re talking about the development of perspective on your life. Of course there are many ways to do that – but a helpful tool is a timeline. What’s a timeline? It’s a tool you can use to see how events in your life are connected – what led to what… and it can help you […]

 108 SelfWork: How to Keep Comparison from Stealing Your Joy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:31

In this episode we’re talking about how to use comparison of yourself with others in a way that’s healthy and healing rather than creating a harder, more jealous or more insecure you! I’ll tell some of the stories I’ve witnessed and a couple of my own to move the discussion along, and help you see […]

 107 SelfWork: What Perfectly Hidden Depression Is Not | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:51

Today we’re focusing again on Perfectly Hidden Depression, but this time we’re talking about what PHD is not. I received two emails in the same day this week and thought someone had sent theirs twice. But they were actually sent by two different people. Both of their first sentences were, “I think you may have […]

 106 SelfWork: Why Couldn’t I Have Figured This Out Sooner? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:31

You may have asked yourself this question once or many times — “Why Couldn’t I Have Figured This Out Sooner?” In this episode of SelfWork, we’ll talk about the grief you may need to feel after asking yourself this question and the role of self-compassion in its answer. This is a part of any healing, […]

 105 SelfWork: When Comfort Eating Becomes A Problem | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:44

Today we’re going to talk about your relationship with food and I’ll share a couple of stories about my own journey there. We’ll identify the difference between comfort eating and binge eating… and we’ll discuss the fairly new field of food addiction. I’ve had several gastric-bypass recipients as patients, and have watched them, as they lost […]

 104 SelfWork: How To Break The Bickering Habit | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:30

Bickering is a bad habit. These are fights that are practically scripted – you know what your partner is going to say and they know what you’re going to say before you ever say it as well. But you can recognize these patterns and figure out what you’re actually fighting about. Things like trust, control, […]

 103 SelfWork: Seven Frank Tips For Getting Along with Family | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:58

Today we’ll be focusing on what you have control over when you’re with family for the holiday season and I’ll offer seven pretty frank and real-time tips on how to manage your own. We can all hear the same tips over and over about not forgetting to maintain good self-care, don’t eat every dessert you’re […]

 102 SelfWork: How Do You Feel Your Feelings? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:57

Many people have trouble with connecting with their feelings. I’ve talked a lot about PHD – and certainly those folks have many intense feelings well hidden away. But it’s not only in PHD that this can occur. Many times, I’ve watched someone on the verge of letting go, of allowing an emotion to surface – […]

 101 SelfWork: Coping with SAD, Shame, Grief and Perfectionism During the Holidays | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:21

Do you dread the leaves turning color? Did you have a loss during this year that you’re still grieving and the thought of raising a glass to another year makes you sick to your stomach? Are you looking back at last year and berating yourself for pounds not lost, goals not accomplished? Or are you so perfectionistic, […]

 100 SelfWork: Celebrating #100! And It’s All About You! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:30

Today is a huge celebration with the 100th Episode of SelfWork! You are the reason that SelfWork is going strong. You’re writing in questions. You’re letting friends and family know that SelfWork is helping you. You’re leaving ratings and reviews. I cannot be grateful enough for all the support, encouragement and caring that have come […]

 099 SelfWork: Three Hurdles in Fighting the Black Dog of Depression | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:47

Fighting depression can take courage, persistence and support. It can be created by so many events or experiences and it can wear so many faces, that there isn’t one path toward healing. That healing will be unique to you. Episode 099 focuses on three common hurdles — three decisions or thoughts — that can paralyze […]

 098 SelfWork: The Devastating Power of Secrets Within A Relationship | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:25

Secrets can be devastating within a relationship. But it’s possible to work through them – with time and lots of effort. Yet what if your partner, who lost your trust for some reason, refuses to talk any more about it? You ask for therapy and they say no. What if the distrust is brushed under […]


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