What Are You Worried About?

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Anxiety is an extremely common issue that most of us struggle with. In fact, it’s one of the most diagnosed issues I treat and often exists alongside many other issues. However, anxiety is only a symptom and is very treatable. How is anxiety only a symptom? Well, because it rests on some other reason(s) to be worried or concerned. Someone …

Is Self-Care Selfish?

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One of the most controversial issues I think people struggle with is that of self-care. Most people I talk with would describe it as being selfish or self-centered – only thinking about you and not thinking about anyone else. But is this what self-care really is? If it is something different, then how do you distinguish self-care from selfishness? I …

Overcoming Pain and Suffering, Part 2 of 2

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In Part 1 of this series, I introduced the fact that pain and suffering are an inevitable and unavoidable part of life. I also discussed four unhealthy – yet very common – ways that people often respond and cope, as well as some typical results of those responses. In this article, I will address a healthier approach to dealing with …

Overcoming Pain and Suffering, Part 1 of 2

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Pain is an inevitable part of life. Throughout life, whether in childhood or in late adulthood, we may experience difficulties such as traumas, deaths, divorces, fractured or broken relationships, natural disasters, and many other painful events. The emotions we experience from these can be intense and overwhelming, and we may not know what to do with them. Often times in …

National Marriage Week 2012

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From Prepare-Enrich… For many people, a new year brings resolutions to improve different aspects of their lives. Striving to maintain better physical or financial health is a worthy goal, but what about improving the health of relationships? National Marriage Week originated in the U.K. in 1996 and has since spread to several countries, including the United States. National Marriage Week USA …

Why Premarital Counseling?

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One of the most common questions I get from engaged couples is, “What are the benefits of premarital counseling?” Since it’s often asked, I thought I would share a few of my thoughts here in hopes that it will help you gain a better understanding as you look into premarital counseling. Build on strengths. Premarital counseling is a great opportunity …

Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

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So we’re just over two weeks into the new year and many people are probably struggling with their resolutions. It’s very common, and we all do it. We make big plans and then a few days later ask ourselves, “What was I thinking?!” in sheer disappointment. Well, maybe it’s not quite as dramatic as that but you get the idea. …

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Boundaries: What Are They?

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In my practice, I talk a lot about boundaries. They’re an important part of life and relationships, and are the foundation for healthy living. But what are they? This article will give you a brief overview of what boundaries are, including some examples of boundaries, and why they’re important so that you have a better understanding and appreciation for them …

New Design and Blog!

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Welcome to my newly redesigned website, which now includes a blog! I will be using the blog for a few different purposes: To let you know about new features to my website; To  alert you to important changes with my practice (such as scheduling); To write some helpful ideas, tips, insights, and information that you might find helpful for dealing …