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Finding Strength Through the COVID Crisis

By |2020-04-27T14:08:12-04:00April 27th, 2020|Counseling, COVID-19|

The current situation may have you feeling like you have no control over what’s happening to you, your family or in your community. Many of us have lost track of time, and don’t even know what day it is. This can be very disconcerting. Most of us are used to some sort of structure [...]

Screw You 2019, 2020 Here We Come!

By |2019-12-30T18:02:51-05:00December 30th, 2019|Counseling, Holidays|

They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year *cue holiday cheer*…but is it really? December and the New Year is a time when reflection and self-doubt seem to run wild through the air. Unrealistic expectations and grand ideas are everywhere we turn. Just waiting to set us up! People talk about New Year’s [...]

It’s All About Attachment

By |2019-11-13T19:15:55-05:00November 13th, 2019|Attachment, Parenting|

In the best circumstances, early attachment is how babies optimally survive, emotionally and physically. Most mothers are wired to protect, love and provide security to their newborn. Babies are innately wired to seek out and stay connected to their mothers. Without this kind of connection, babies can struggle and fail to thrive. Ideally, this [...]

Why Your Teen is Hardwired for Substance Abuse, Pt. 2

By |2019-10-29T16:43:08-04:00October 29th, 2019|Addiction, Parenting, Teen Addiction, Teens|

As I mentioned in my last blog, your teen is wired to engage in all kinds of risky behavior, including substance use. Your teen has three main issues separating them from adults and younger kids: First, their Executive Functioning system is still developing. Unlike adults, whose Executive Functioning is, in general, fully developed, teens [...]

Why Your Teen is Hardwired for Substance Abuse

By |2019-10-11T15:08:50-04:00October 11th, 2019|Addiction, Executive Functioning, Parenting, Teen Addiction, Teens|

If you’re the parent of a teenager, I imagine you’ve lost some sleep worrying about your teen and substance abuse. We all know teenage years are a time when most kids experiment with substances, but, in the past, the primary worry had always been teen drinking and driving. While this continues to be a [...]

Your Therapist Doesn’t Have All the Answers

By |2019-07-01T16:17:20-04:00July 1st, 2019|Counseling|

Therapists don’t have all the answers, but they know who does. In fact, many people don’t realize we shouldn’t give you advice, even though you may think you want to just know what to do. Very often, clients have said to me, ‘Just tell me what to do!’ While it’s sometimes tempting to respond [...]

Are You Codependent?

By |2019-04-18T08:05:59-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Couples Counseling, Relationship Counseling, Relationships|

Codependent: Good, Bad or Normal? The term codependent gets a bad rap, because some people have a black-and-white view of what codependency is. The truth is, we are all somewhat codependent. In fact, there is even such a thing as healthy codependence in a relationship, because we are social by nature and rely on [...]

How to Feel Empowered in Your Relationship

By |2018-11-05T17:36:01-05:00November 5th, 2018|Couples Counseling, Power Struggles in Relationships|

Power Struggles Relationships are “supposed” to be blissful and harmonious right? Wrong! We need conflict to grow! Many couples often experience power struggles at some point which creates tension and discord that can feel discouraging if we don’t; know how to navigate and communicate in a healthy way. Power struggles occur when we feel like [...]