Self-Care for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul

Self-care is one of those things that we know is important but, time after time again, we tend to not really set it as a priority. I get it though…we get busy. We have got to go to work, we have to go to school, we have to take care of our kids and family, […]


Change and the Family Life Cycle

It’s been said that the nature of life is to change, but the nature of people is to resist change. There exists a significant distinction between the way our natural world automatically changes and evolves and the way individuals often resist the change occurring around them. We see our natural world change every day, with […]


Trauma and the Brain

One of my favorite parts of my Master’s research was trauma and how it affects the brain. Have you ever been in a car accident or lived through something sudden and traumatic? Did you notice how your body responded and what you can and cannot recollect? When working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual […]


Who Needs Counseling?

Our society perceives counseling, and those who receive it, in a negative and inaccurate light. Some view it as something only for people who’ve experienced tragedy or unspeakable hardships, the mentally ill or for people who are “too weak” to handle the difficulties of everyday life. It’s sometimes portrayed as a frivolous pastime for those […]


Sticks and Stones—The Personal Side

Ever heard the saying, “high school is the best years of your life.” I am going to let you in on a little secret. They were not the best years of my life. I was involved in various clubs and organizations in high school which I still hold as some of the best experiences of […]


Sticks and Stones—The Practical Side

The saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” could not be farther from the truth. After years of being a therapist, I continue to be astounded by the negative words my clients can remember others speaking over them—especially hurtful words they heard as children.