Temper Tantrums: Teachable Moments in Disguise

My husband and I were recently reminiscing about a particularly memorable temper tantrum our child had in public years ago. It’s easy to smile about that experience now, but at the time, it wasn’t pleasant. Although temper tantrums are a normal part of childhood, they can be an overwhelming experience for parents, full of anxiety, […]


I Have Confidence in Me: A Quick Guide to Self-Worth

What is self-worth and how can I find value in me? If you were to look at the dictionary definition of self-worth it states, “the sense of one’s own value or worth as a person.” That’s great Webster! I appreciate the obvious, but I still have questions. Who defines you, and is this a learned […]


Internalized Homophobia and Mental Health

Most of us recognize the idea of homophobia-a fear or dislike of homosexuals; what might be a little less understood is the concept of internalized homophobia. This occurs when a gay person believes the negative stereotypes and beliefs some people hold about homosexuals, as true about themselves. This can have a profound effect on their […]


The Real Face of OCD—The Personal Side

I met Angie 7 years ago. We are close friends and she told me I can share her story with you as she wants to help as many people as possible. Angie is gifted in intelligence, funny, honest, extremely artistic—she went to college on a full ride for her artistic ability—and has one of the […]


The Real Face of OCD—The Practical Side

I am not sure if I watched a movie, read a book or just had my own misinformed idea of what OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder was before I began graduate school. Twenty years ago if you would have asked me to describe the behaviors of a person living with OCD I would have said […]