Growth

Learning From Failure

Let’s face it, no one likes to fail.  It can be embarrassing and frustrating and, at times, it can lead to major setbacks.  And, as parents, isn’t it our responsibility to protect our children?  The answer to this question is a complex yes and no.   The reality is failure is an inevitable part of life. …

Read More

Structure in Unstructured Times

We made it to summer! As we enter the summer months, the days get longer, the weather gets warmer, and we tend to let out a collective sigh of relief. Even if your work schedule doesn’t change during the summer, something about this time of year feels different. Lazier, less scheduled, and more open to…

Read More

Introvert or Extrovert?

(May 26, 2022) Which one are you? The terms introvert and extrovert are often used in casual conversation, and many people identify with one or the other. These terms, while used frequently, can be misused or misunderstood. So, what does it mean to be an introvert or an extrovert? An introvert is someone who gets…

Read More

Boundaries 

(May 5, 2022) Boundaries should be a part of every relationship Especially healthy relationships. Practicing healthy communication patterns and clearly setting boundaries is a large part of what helps people to grow and find peace in their relationships with others and themselves. In her book, “Set Boundaries Find Peace”, Nedra Glover Tawwab dives into what…

Read More

The Power of Humor

(April 19, 2022) “Laughter is the best medicine”  What does this phrase mean? Laughter in and of itself can’t cure colds, broken limbs, or kidney disease. So why do we say that laughter is “medicine”? Often, though not always, what we mean is that humor makes us feel better. Humor is an important tool in…

Read More

Talking To Teens About Mental Health

(March 29, 2022) We need to talk to teens about mental health because teens need to know they can take charge of their own mental health.   According to the national institute of mental health (NIMH) in 2020, 31.9% of adolescents experience some type of anxiety disorder with 8.3% of them being severe.  NIMH also reported…

Read More

A Beginners Guide to Radical Acceptance

(March 21, 2022) You are awake and it’s 2:03 in the morning. Your alarm is set to go off at 6 am. You say to yourself “ok, if I fall asleep right NOW I can get 3 hours and 57 minutes of sleep” How do you feel? Anxious? Stressed about the following day? Not a…

Read More

First Responders Need Support Too 

(March 3, 2022) A little about me:  A therapist once told me, “You can have another career.” I was not so sure of that considering I was in my early 40’s. I had a career in law enforcement for 17 years that ended when I went on disability for a duty related injury.  As with…

Read More

Is It Time to Break Up with Your Therapist?

(February 16, 2022) Therapy, at its core, is a relationship. You meet with someone regularly and they help you work through some of your most personal and painful experiences. They help you cope with your moods, help you get resources, and provide you with a model for what relationships can look like. The difference between…

Read More

3 Tips to Self-Compassion

(February 2, 2022) Are you inwardly suffering?  There are days when we do not want anyone to notice or sit with us through our suffering.  We just want to be left alone, because we feel it is too big, too small, or just embarrassing.  Maybe it is a moral, relational, work, schooling, or parenting fail. …

Read More