Life Stages

50 Excuses for Why People WON’T Change

by on June 6, 2019

Recently, I was speaking about the impact of decision fatigue on our daily lives. Decision fatigue is the deterioration of making good decisions after a long day of decision making. Basically, the more decisions a person makes in a day, the worst the decisions tend to be by the end of the day. This concept… (more…)

The 5 Powerful Painful Events that Transform Lives

by on October 7, 2018

Marie and her twin sister Rose had the same childhood experiences. They went to the same schools, had the same teachers, liked the same activities and enjoyed the same friends. Yet as they got older, Marie excelled in her job, had a stable marriage, and was satisfied with her achievements. Meanwhile, Rose became an alcoholic,… (more…)

My Journey in Mindfulness and Meditation

by on October 7, 2018

The following article is about my personal journey through the emerging world of mindfulness. Mindfulness has become a recent buzz within therapy and, as a therapist, I find it necessary to explore or test drive, if you will, new techniques before trying them out with my clients. With all of the talk of mindfulness going… (more…)

Having a Nervous Breakdown?

by on October 12, 2017

One minute everything seems fine. Then in a flood of intense emotion and erratic thoughts, it all changes. Life becomes a distorted kaleidoscope, with nothing familiar from before. Even speaking is difficult. It is impossible to explain what is happening because the event is so unlike anything experienced prior. In the past, the term nervous… (more…)

20 Things to Consider Before Marriage

by on October 12, 2017

It is hard to know if a person will be a good fit as a spouse. It is even harder to stop and evaluate a potential spouse from a logical, non-emotional point of view. Yet this is precisely what needs to be done. Friends and family can be helpful in pointing out some concerns but… (more…)

10 Psychological Benefits to Moving

by on April 12, 2017

Sorting, packing, transporting, unpacking, and organizing all your belongings can be a daunting task. The process takes much longer than anticipated as decisions about the status of each item can be made several times before finalizing. It drains mental, emotional, and of course physical energy leaving a person exhausted. Most moves are predicated by some… (more…)

Before Marrying Again…Ask These Questions

by on April 13, 2016

The first marriage ended in divorce. The second one is going to be different. But how can a person be sure that they are not making another mistake of a different caliber? This is a checklist that I use with clients during premarital counseling. It has been developed over the last 15 years spent counseling… (more…)

How to Stop Being Overwhelmed When Dating

by on August 6, 2014

Dating can be overwhelming.  There is quite a bit of advice about it but not much about preparing yourself to date.  Deciding in advance why to date and what type of person to date, makes decisions easier. Why date.  For some, the purpose of dating is to discover if the person has the potential for becoming… (more…)

New Term: Brain Disorders

by on July 29, 2013

Instead of calling disorders such as ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and schizophrenia mental or behavioral disorders, Dr. Thomas Insel the National Institute of Mental Health Director suggests calling them brain disorders.  This shift highlights changes in how the diagnosis can be made. In the past, ADHD, PTSD, OCD and schizophrenia were made by observing behaviors that… (more…)

How Social Media Has Changed Dating

by on December 10, 2012

Once upon a time, a guy would physically see a girl from a distance and become attracted to her and than approach her about going out on a date with him.  The first date most likely occurred without too much prior contact, sometimes with only one brief phone call (this is an actual phone call… (more…)

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