I’ve been asked this many times as I’ve been dating. It’s an understandable question once people know that I am a psychotherapist. That is in essence what I do for a living. I analyze people. I’ve learned to respond with “Yes! And I hope you’re doing the same thing too!” But they’re not. What I’ve [...]
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Bully-Proofing your Child Bully-proofing your child has nothing to do with the bullies. Nothing. No-thing. It’s all about YOUR child. It’s about raising a resilient child. How does one do that in a society riddled with political correctness? In this climate of your words hurt my feelings. “That’s rude.” “You’re mean.” “How ignorant.” “So [...]
Breaking Bad to Breaking Normal Helping parents effectively cope with the dangers our kids face today Topics: Normalizing the truth about parenting today The use of Drugs, Alcohol, Pills and Sexual Misconduct are oftentimes symptoms of a larger issue The difference between Real Love and Imitation Love The Five Getting and Protecting Behaviors [...]
Minimizing, Mitigating and Marginalizing Ourselves with Every Day Speech! "Kinda", "sorta", "maybe", "I guess" and "I don't know" are just some of the phrases that punctuate the stories I hear each week in my practice. It grabbed my attention one day recently, when I heard a young woman answer my simple question, "How are you [...]
How to Talk to Your Child About Sex and Love A friend and colleague of mine and I had a few minutes to connect between clients one afternoon and I remember relaying some brief story that my 12 year-old son and I had been talking about. It was funny or cute or both, but [...]
Fed Up "Fed Up" the movie http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home is a game changer. Or at least a pantry changer and for sure a life style changer. Patrick and I saw it this weekend (it's in theaters now) and we had these thoughts in this order: "How interesting!" then "What in the world!", "Now, we're pissed off!", "Greed is [...]
General Examples of Being Loving We all share the goal of being more loving to our partner, but most of us don’t have a clue what that would look like. Here are some situations people had and how they could be more loving. If you want to do an activity with a friend, it is more [...]
Bleeding to Death We’ve all known people who endlessly complain that we haven’t done enough for them. It doesn’t matter to them if we’re doing our best. They still want more, and then we feel guilty for not satisfying their needs or demands. Why would we feel guilty for doing our best? Because all during our [...]
The barn's burned down - now I can see the moon No one WANTS their barn to burn down! That's crazy talk! Anyone can guess at why without ever having lived on a ranch or a farm. It's where the folks who live on the land keep the important stuff. The barn is definitely NOT [...]
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. When we finally realize that life [...]