For so many years, we mental health professionals have empathized with clients who came from emotionally chaotic childhoods and homes. After all, it's been shown that coming from a chaotic home can set you up for all sorts of problems later on (a pursuit of immediate g...

Inner conflict is one of the toughest battles to fight - after all, when we have an inner conflict, we can't blame someone else or schedule a fist fight in the parking lot. Instead, it's up to us and us alone to figure things out. And, that can be a tall order.

At the r...

Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone - only to discover a)he/she isn't listening at all 2) he/she is distracted by technology or c) he/she is already getting defensive even before you start to speak?

If so, you're certainly not alone (and, let's face...

As a Mom of three (and living in a community of kid-excellence, to say the least), it's hard for me to NOT feel insecure about what my kids AREN'T doing. Hardly a day goes by when I don't overhear another Mom talking about their child excelling at the best private scho...

I don't often "click here" when someone posts an article on Facebook, but when I saw the topic of a recent article posted by a friend, I just had to see what it was all about. It was called "What If All I Want Is a Mediocre Life?', and it had me intrigued. 

The question...

I'll admit I'm a newcomer to the whole "apologizing" movement. For many years, it would be almost physically painful to admit I was wrong - even now, I can't really explain why.

Now, I see that same trait in my middle child - when it's clear an apology is in order, I ca...

When I counsel couples in my practice, I always try and get a "feel" for who gets what priority in the family. Are spouses each other's priority? Or do the kids come first? Most importantly, what is the family structure, and are things a bit wonky?

For families with sma...

Anyone out there remember the weird cults of the '80's and '90's? I do - and I REALLY remember wondering: Why would all these seemingly normal people follow someone preaching such a bizarre doctrine?

After a while, I figured out the followers weren't your usual run-of-t...