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Category Archives: Personal Growth

Good & Evil

I can’t hear the words “good” and “evil” without thinking of Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” The title of that song has its own mythology about how it came to be, but all the different versions boil down to the idea that … Continue reading

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Creatures of Habit—The Practical Side

We are the sum of our habits. Good habits, bad habits and ordinary habits make us who we are. Moreover, our habits shape our bodies and minds and even determine our futures. We are creatures of habit. But, we are … Continue reading

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Everything That Rises

“No [one] can reveal to you [anything] but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge” -Khalil Gibran. I love this quote so much, and I feel that it is an essential premise with which to begin this blog. … Continue reading

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Fear of the Unknown–The Practical Side

Are you waiting on something? An answer? A test result? News from the bank? A new job? I think everyone is waiting for something. Whether it is big or small there are always things on our horizon we are thinking … Continue reading

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Fostering Connection — The Personal Side

In the practical blog on this subject, I asked you to take inventory of your current connections and ask yourself this question: “Do I regularly engage in activities that foster mental, emotional, spiritual and physical connection in my life?” Not … Continue reading

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Me, Myself and I

As a therapist, it is important for me to encourage my clients to feel better about themselves. I remind them that they all possess the ability to feel powerful, in control and stronger than ever. Yes, my education, training and skills guide … Continue reading

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Fix It Now!

When a person first begins therapy, she is likely to say to the therapist, “I just want this feeling/problem/burden to go away. Can you fix it? Now?” Sometimes it’s said in a half-joking half-serious manner, but oftentimes it’s whispered as a desperate … Continue reading

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Together We Heal

When “I” is replaced by “we,” even illness becomes wellness.  Anonymous Emotions shared with another human being have greater healing powers than when experiencing emotions alone.  Studies show that crying in the presence of another human being has the same … Continue reading

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Your Hero’s Journey

So when you feel like hope is gone, Look inside you and be strong, And you’ll finally see the truth, That a hero lies in you. -Mariah Carey, Hero I had always thought that there were four possible conflicts in literature: Man … Continue reading

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My Teen Has Been Abducted by Aliens!

“And so, rather than ignoring the ESSENCE of adolescence, what if we shaped our culture-in our homes, in our schools, and in our larger society-to cherish and cultivate these qualities?” -Dr. Daniel J. Siegel Adolescent years often bring confusion…not just … Continue reading

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