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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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 142 SelfWork: Is Depression Simply A Chemical Imbalance? Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:27

Can depression be explained simply as a chemical imbalance? The answer is a resounding “no.” I’m basing this episode on a very well-written article by a team at Harvard that offers understandable explanations of what researchers believe is going on in your brain and in your life that can lead to depression. And here’s their […]

 141 SelfWork: Mirror Mirror… The Struggle with Body Image | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:06

How often to you look in the mirror and wish you saw another reflection there? There are many reasons for this lack of self-acceptance, everything from bullying to aging to irrational thinking and obsession. I’ll give some examples from my own life – as this has definitely been on my own journey toward health, but […]

 140 SelfWork: Why Is Change So Difficult? The Power of Triggers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:30

Even when you want change in your life, it’s hard to give up what’s familiar and risk the unfamiliar. You at least know you can tolerate what’s happening now and change can be daunting. But you can also be struggling with powerful triggers. I’ll define what a trigger is – how it can be known […]

 139 SelfWork: Borderline? Dependent? Narcissistic? What Exactly Is A Personality Disorder? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:57

When you hear the term “personality disorder,” what does that mean? That someone ‘s personality is off-putting or self-destructive? Is it different from mental illness, and if so, how is it different? And if you identify with one of them or are trying to love someone with these problems, is there hope? In this episode […]

 138 SelfWork: The Many Ways to Feel Invisible and How to Find Your Voice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:46

What does it mean to “feel invisible?” Like you don’t matter. You aren’t a vital part of things. You’re being overlooked or seen only for what you can do instead of for who you are. That perception can be part of depression, and that “invisibility” may be imagined or misperceived. But sometimes it’s reality, not […]

 137 SelfWork: Let’s Talk Medications – From a Psychologist’s Point of View | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:44

Medications. You are bombarded with advertisements for them everywhere. And meds for mental health are no exception. In today’s show, I’m offering my clinical perspective as a psychologist (as well as expert advice from Dr. Michael Yapko) after watching thousands of people over the years try out different medications and working hand in hand with […]

 136 SelfWork: When the Going Gets Tough.. Self-Composure vs. Stoicism | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:48

Do you live by the rule, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going?’ In this podcast, I offer another way of approaching life when it gets tough — an approach that honors both the need to forge ahead when things get hard, but one that won’t lead to emotional and even physical burnout. I […]

 135 SelfWork: Your Questions My Answers (and a big announcement…) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:48

Your emails are coming in fast and furious so I decided today that I would answer some of those questions with everyone and we can continue to learn from one another. The subjects range from trauma to ending a relationship to having trouble letting go of regrets and shame to perfectly hidden depression. — so […]

 134 SelfWork: Making A Distrustful Mess with Money and Marriage | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:37

Money and the distrust that can be created because of it in a partnership or marriage is what’s on the agenda for today. It’s amazing how many people commit to one another and never touch the subject. We’ll talk about the business of relationships and common problems people run into when they initially establish their […]

 133 SelfWork: “I Have Body Image Issues.” The Damage of Eating Disorders and Seven Things You Can Do | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:52

Today we’re talking about psychological disorders that have to do with you, food, and exercise that have the power to damage your child’s body image and self-esteem as well — no matter how you try to keep it out of their life. Both moms and dads can have struggles that not only damage their own […]

 132 SelfWork: Where Do I Begin If I Want A Better Relationship? Change What You Do, What You Say and What You Think. That’s All. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:54

Is therapy really helpful when a relationship is in trouble? And what are the kinds of things you need to realize about therapy that might increase the chances of it being effective? Let’s talk about what’ s important in choosing a couples therapist, but also I’ll offer a roadmap to guide your healing. There are […]

 131 SelfWork: When Your Dad Isn’t A Dad. The Effects of Father Hunger | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:38

Father hunger… when your dad isn’t or wasn’t available or connected with you either due to divorce, death or disinterest — causes many problems for a child and the family as a whole. But the numbers are staggering of how many homes are without dads. There are so many engaged dads out there, but when […]

 130 SelfWork: The Power of Failure and What You Can Learn From Flying a Kite | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:08

No one particularly likes to fail. And what does it have to do with flying a kite? In this episode, we’ll talk about the power that failure can have in your life and what can help you learn from it. Because failure is inevitable. And far too many people shame themselves for failure and then […]

 129 SelfWork: Challenging and Changing Negative Self-Talk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:55

We’re talking self-talk here today. What is it? And what can you do about it? A lot of people tell me they kinda “know” what it is, but haven’t a clue how to change it. It feels as if it’s too elusive. How could you possibly rein in what your mind is telling you about […]

 128 SelfWork: What Happens When You Quit Perfectly Hiding Depression? You Find Grief. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:28

  Dr. Jennifer Ashton of ABC News was interviewed this week as she revealed the suicidal death of her ex-husband. She stated quite clearly that he displayed none of the signs of depression that she had studied in medical school. None of them. I need to read her new book on surviving the suicide of […]


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