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Caring for Your Potential

Counseling isn’t always about overcoming obstacles. Sometimes it’s about discovering horizons. One of the things that we help people do is live here and now. We want folks to understand who they are, today, and to embrace that person. Accepting the place where you’re at… continue reading Caring for Your Potential

Connecting to What We Relate

Taking ownership of our full range of relationships — with our body, our thoughts and the physical world around us as well as with the people we encounter on a daily basis — will invigorate our life.

Talking Can Help You Be Healthy

As winter mostly recedes and the warm weather brings our bodies into a world of near constant chatter – birds warbling around in their nests, wind shaking up budding leaves, insects returning, people moving about again – we want to think about the act of… continue reading Talking Can Help You Be Healthy

Stacked Trauma

Stacked Trauma Most traumas aren’t simple, they involve many levels and types of experiences. Gail Johnson calls this “stacked trauma,” and has this advice for sorting through trauma and discovering balance in the aftermath of trauma:    Think visually about traumatic experiences: Ever see a server… continue reading Stacked Trauma

So, You Really Are Keeping Your Resolution…

Almost half of all adults make a New Year’s resolutions. But once the party hats and horns are put away, it’s hard to muster up the ambition to follow through. It only takes one week and about 25% of resolution makers have already lost focus.… continue reading So, You Really Are Keeping Your Resolution…

S A D… and the dead of winter.

It started last week… Over the years I have noticed that there are three or four weeks every winter when people seem to feel extraordinarily low; and we are now in the midst of them. During the last couple of weeks of January folks always start… continue reading S A D… and the dead of winter.

Tips for Dealing with Trauma During the Holidays

The Holidays can be especially difficult for folks who are grieving or who have experienced trauma. Gail Johnson has some tips for how to regain a sense of calm and perspective when a holiday situation confounds and overwhelms you:     First, pause…….. Take a… continue reading Tips for Dealing with Trauma During the Holidays

Holiday Thoughts From the Fountain Hill Center

According to The American Psychological Association more than 60% of the US experiences increased stress and anxiety during the holiday season. If you google “mental health and the holidays,” you’ll find a lot of articles that begin this way – expressing confusion about what it… continue reading Holiday Thoughts From the Fountain Hill Center

Avoid Avoiding Conflict, Dave at TEDx Muskegon

You can live stream Dr. Dave’s TEDx Muskegon talk on solving common relationship communication problems. The talk is part of a TEDx Muskegon’s “Mirror, Mirror Series,” and will stream live, this Thursday, November 12th, 2:40pm. http://tedxmuskegon.org/livestream/ Learn more about communication, conflict avoidance and how couple’s… continue reading Avoid Avoiding Conflict, Dave at TEDx Muskegon

Surviving the Affair — Ashley Madison, What to Do Now

I heard on the radio that there were more people in Grand Rapids who signed up for an account on the Ashley Madison website than voted in our last Mayoral election. That thought stuck with me. As a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in couples work… continue reading Surviving the Affair — Ashley Madison, What to Do Now