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Relaxation podcast

After several requests to put this relaxation podcast on the website, here it is. Take the parts that work for you and use them. Not everyone will benefit from this, however, using a relaxation technique such as this one, has been shown to help decrease anxiety and worry and increases clarity and feeling safe.  

Self-Harm in Children

In today’s society, it is really hard growing up. Our children today, have to compete against not only everyone in their school, but now with social media the way it is, they also need to compete with every other child all over the country on these platforms. Ugh! What pressure it is to look like

An Affair in the Relationship

When working with couples, one of the most common occurrences for seeking counseling is that an affair has happened. Counseling can offer the couple a way to recover from this event and seeking support from a neutral party can help both people feel understood and supported. Repairing the relationship after an affair can take a

Stages of Change

Most of us face challenges in life that spur us to make big changes in our lives. The decision to stop smoking, leave an abusive relationship, or start an exercise plan are all examples of changes that improve our physical and/or mental well-being. Although many people think that making a change is all about willpower,

Bringing Home Baby

When I was expecting my first child last summer, I did all the typical preparing most parents would do. I read books, had an app on my phone to tell me how my baby was developing, documented the progress of my growing belly, took my prenatal vitamins, ate healthy, exercised, put the baby’s room together,

5 Things You Can Do To Help Improve Your Sleep

Getting good sleep can help with a lot of ailments including depression, anxiety, pain, and stress Keep a regular sleep schedule. This means that you go to bed and wake up around the same time every day. Use natural measures before prescriptions. Getting adequate light exposure. I know this can be hard if you work

How Increasing Intimacy Can Improve Your Relationship

When you think of the word “intimacy”, what comes to mind? Many people believe intimacy is only about sex. However, it is really so much deeper than a physical act. As a relationship therapist, I regularly work with couples who come looking for answers about why their sex life isn’t so hot anymore and what

You Are the Master of Your Mental Health

Your Mental Health Matters I read an opinion piece the other day called, “Amanda Bynes, Robin Williams, and the Spectacle of Mental Illness.”* The author wrote about how when celebrities struggle with mental illness, the general public tends to gawk at and taunt those who act in bizarre manners until a person dies because they

Moving Beyond Your Control Issues

Are Control Issues Making Your Life Hard?   People who have control issues typically are doing this based on a fear that they have; fear of losing control, fear of vulnerability, fear that they will have to trust that others will come through for them. This fear can be crippling to the person with these

12 Questions To Determine If You Are in A Domestic Violence Situation

What is domestic violence? It’s a term often misused or misunderstood in today’s society. The United States Department of Justice defines it as a pattern of abuse behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. It can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic,

Unlocking the Facts About ADHD

ADHD Today: The Changes and What You Need To Know Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, is usually thought of as a children’s disorder for inattentive, unruly, highly distractible kids. However, there is more to ADHD than what you might have heard. In the most recent update to the Diagnostic and Statistical

Bullying: In the Classroom and In the Workplace

Unfortunately, bullying can happen in more than schools, and impacts both children and adults. Bullying is often about an imbalance of power; one individual or group has more power while the targeted person often has far less. And in both children and adults, bullying often takes the shape of threats, aggressive behavior, exclusion, spreading rumors,

Why Loving Yourself Needs to Happen and Can, With a Few Changes

Here’s a short questionnaire for you: 1)     How do you treat yourself? 2)     How do you speak to yourself and what tone of voice do you use? 3)     Do you criticize your looks or obsess over your weight? 4)     Do you second guess your decisions or doubt your intelligence? 5)     Do you actually love yourself?

The Importance of Stress Management and Relaxation

Daily stress is considered normal in the day of busy schedules, technology, work, self-care, vacations, play dates, dinners, etc. Sadly, it’s unavoidable. Stress results from any change a person must adopt to, it can be positive or negative. We all live with life’s uncertainties, difficulties, aging, and the inability to fully control life events. It’s


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