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August 2016 Archives

TRUTH is controversial these days. It is variously slammed, considered a dirty word, or is the source of intolerance. Some say it doesn’t exist. My profession says there is no truth that can be known; that all reality is constructed. Put simply, no […]

A couple came to marital counseling, determined to divorce. Both felt they could not work through their differences. They said there was too much hurtful history, too many issues of trust and too much damage. I admit, they both had suffered greatly at […]

Renee is like most teen girls. She struggles to accept her body. Obsessed with concerns about weight, beauty and comparing herself to others, she regularly finds ways to disparage her body.  But her most recent issue takes body acceptance to […]

John and Mary had a fight. It was intense and neither is speaking to each other. Their relationship is suffering. Can they fix this? Both said some awful things and now feelings are hurt. They aren’t talking. But, they can fix […]

Controlling? No. He is jealous and loves me.  Yes, he wants to know where I go all the time but it’s just because he cares.  She doesn’t want me spending time with my friends but it’s because she wants to be […]

You don’t consider yourself too strict. You simply expect a lot from your children. In fact, some people call you a perfectionist. Yes, you are demanding. At times, you do push  because you want things to be right. But is there a […]

Newsweek online recently posted an article entitled, Age 5 is too late: Public schools must focus on early learning. The author pleaded for education reform. She said a “coordinated curriculum between both the early childhood education program and the elementary school […]

Have you ever thought, “I haven’t posted in social media for awhile. I don’t know what is going on?” Then you feel guilty and worry that you have somehow missed something important. Actually, those anxious feelings could be a good thing […]

Sara is only 12. Selfie posting on social media is a daily event. Her parents wonder why she takes so many pictures of herself? Is this an indicator of narcism? Should they be concerned? These parents aren’t alone. Most of us wonder, what is […]

When you struggle with your mental health, do you think, ‘Take a pill?” Drug companies want you to have this thought. Think of all the commercials aimed at improving your life through medication. But are all these pills really the answer […]