Are We Too Fragile for Conflict?

Are We Too Fragile for Conflict?

I have to laugh at some of the new proposed laws popping up around the country – in one state, lawmakers are trying to outlaw swings at playgrounds because they’re dangerous. In another, children were nearly banned without an adult because they could fall...
How Much of Your Happiness Do You Control?

How Much of Your Happiness Do You Control?

I’ve written a lot about happiness in the past – how to find it, how to keep it, and who has the most of it. But, I’ve rarely written about the happiness “breakdown.” Until now. When I’m feeling down and wondering “why”...
Who’s Your “Sphere of Influence”?

Who’s Your “Sphere of Influence”?

When clients come to me in distress about their relationships (which is nearly universal, whether I’m doing individual or couples therapy), one of my first “go-to” conversations is about his/her “sphere of influence.” By that, I mean...
Just Take a Second…

Just Take a Second…

Have you ever gotten so familiar with someone that you can read your partner’s mood in a split-second? Turns out, there’s actual science behind that. According to the latest research, it only takes about 2/100 of a second for us to register facial...
Trade-Up Or Trade-Down?

Trade-Up Or Trade-Down?

What better time than a new year to talk about problems?! Sure, it’s not the most comfortable topic for most. But, I’m on a one-woman mission to change that. More specifically, it’s important to note that we ALL have problems–some more than...
When is it Time for Therapy?

When is it Time for Therapy?

In this digital age, it is impossible to avoid the messages of tragedy being broadcast every day. Tragedy related to weather, terrorism, violence, and more reinforce broad (and often misunderstood) concepts of Mental Illness. It is easy to believe that we’re either...