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Meditation: A Radical Act of Love and Sanity

We live in a world filled with distressing events. Tornadoes, mass shootings, and political scandals are all over our newsfeeds. Our daily lives often consist of responding to demands that make us feel drained and overwhelmed. It’s easy to be discouraged and depressed. It would… continue reading Meditation: A Radical Act of Love and Sanity

Tips and Solutions for Homework Frustration (No Dog Required)

It’s back-to-school time, and if you’re a parent of a K-12 child, the paperwork and homework has begun! I had no idea how tedious paperwork could be until I had a school-aged child. And that’s saying a lot, since I’m in the mental health field,… continue reading Tips and Solutions for Homework Frustration (No Dog Required)

When Self-Care is Not Fun

We have been talking a lot about self-care recently at both of the places where I work. In these conversations, self-care is usually framed as doing nice things for yourself. Maybe this means taking a walk in the woods, going out with friends, meditating, or… continue reading When Self-Care is Not Fun

So, You Really Are Keeping Your Resolution…

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

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) & the Dead of Winter

Over the years I’ve noticed 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 weeks of January, folks always start to come into my office with a… continue reading Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) & the Dead of Winter

Tips for Dealing with Trauma During the Holiday Season

The holiday season 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 situation this holiday season confounds and overwhelms you.   First, pause…… continue reading Tips for Dealing with Trauma During the Holiday Season

Summertime: A Good Time to Balance

The idea of summertime brings many things to mind—backyards, BBQs, beaches, iced tea on the porch, and days spent relaxing with family and friends. What summertime doesn’t remind us of all that much is work. But in a way, the play that summertime invites us… continue reading Summertime: A Good Time to Balance

Don’t Let Conflict Harm Your Relationship, Part 3

DR. DAVE THORNSEN, PsyD.  The truth about conflict avoidance is that it is not honest. In order to avoid conflict, a person must essentially lie. They say “Yes” when they really mean “No.” They say “No” when they really mean “Yes.” They leave something out… continue reading Don’t Let Conflict Harm Your Relationship, Part 3

Techno-Relationships

“The medium is the message.” Communications scholar Marshall McLuhan coined this well known phrase, meaning how you say something matters just as much as what you say. How pertinent a statement in this generation of text messages, snap chats, and IM’s (instant messages). All of… continue reading Techno-Relationships

5 Ways to Guide Teens through Risk Taking

Teenagers fall in love, and they make love. They smoke pot and cigarettes. They drink alcohol. And most of this is behind their parents backs because they’ve been warned, “You better never…” When parents communicate with threats, the message translates to, “You better never get caught…” Let’s… continue reading 5 Ways to Guide Teens through Risk Taking