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Holiday Stress & Humor on Wednesday's Access Utah

The holiday season is a time for celebration and family togetherness. It’s supposed to bring us joy. But Christine Moll, chair and professor of counseling and human services at Canisius College and a mental health counselor, says that for many the holidays are a time of stress, loneliness, anxiety, and dysfunction. On Wednesday’s AU, as we head into the holiday season, we’ll ask you what you do to make the season joyful. And how do you de-stress during the holidays? We’ll get advice from Christine Moll and Marriage and Family Therapist and Rage Against The Minivan blogger, Kristen Howerton. We’ll also turn to writers Sarah Cottrell and Michael Levin for humorous takes on holiday stress.

Michael Levin has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News,, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and many other top media sources. In addition he is a New York Times best selling author.

Maine based writer Sarah Cottrell is the voice behind Housewife Plus at the Bangor Daily News and is a regular contributor to Scary Mommy. She is a co-author in several books including "I Still Just Want To Pee Alone" from the New York Times Bestselling series.

Kristen Howerton is a Marriage and Family Therapist, a freelance writer, and a musical theater geek.  In addition to her own blog, Kristen is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and Quiet Revolution. Kristen is also the founder of Pinterest You Are Drunk and the popular Instagram accounts @assholeparentsand @whenchildrendressthemselves.

Dr. E. Christine Moll's publications include manuscripts that span adult life: from the implications for counselors in the prevention & intervention of neonaticide, to counseling issues related to older adults. Her national speaking topics include leadership development, professional identity, and the ethical care for self. Since, 1987 she has served at the State and National levels in leadership for the NY Counseling Association (now ACA/NY), ACA’s North Atlantic Region, and the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA). She currently represents AADA on the ACA 20/20 Initiative Committee. She was a member of the taskforce that created the 2005 ACA Code of Ethics.


Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.