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Divorce. Remarriage. Lots of change is involved and kids feel it! Jason stared at the floor, angry and frustrated. Sitting in my therapy office, a new hurdle confronts this shy fourteen year-old. His mom is about to remarry. Two years […]

“I can’t stand it when I make a mistake.” Ahhh…the words of a perfectionist. How do you know if you are one? Well, check yourself against this list. If you believe there is no room for mistakes, time to check […]

This green-eyed monster  has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day. It’s envy and doesn’t do well when it consumes our thoughts or actions. Wishing you had what your neighbor has, or feeling envious over someone’s job or spouse is […]

Let’s just admit it, talking about sex with a teen is necessary but uncomfortable for most people. Yet, these important conversations can impact a teen’s life. So let’s look at 4 myths that usual get in the way of helpful […]

A child struggling with weight issues has to face an unsympathetic world–one steeped in the idolatry of the body, glamorizing thinness at all costs. “Thin is in” and the pressure to conform is enormous. When your body doesn’t measure up, […]

It’s a common complaint, “I can’t be me in this relationship. Ive lost myself and don’t know who I am.”  But is it true that the other person defines you? Balancing Our Individuality Finding a balance between our individuality and […]

You can walk in a room, have a conversation and know if someone is a narcissist. How is that possible? Is it really that easy.? Researchers at Ohio State University say, “Yes.” They have discovered the quickest way to tell […]

We all get angry, right? But how do we handle those angry feelings? Our reactions to anger matters. It often determines the health of our relationships. So, check yourself and see how you measure up on these points. Admit you […]

Ann has been unhappy and anxious regarding her current life circumstances. Her husband left her for another woman. As Ann tries to cope with this harsh reality, the therapist tells her to stay present, to live in the moment and […]

I was sitting in the car waiting for someone and listening to the radio. I heard several commercials in a row. What struck me was the number of times I heard the phrase, “You deserve…” According to advertisers, I deserve a lot—certain […]