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April 24, 2020

Earlier this year I was able to take my youngest to Kennedy Space Center. He is fascinated with SpaceX. Elon Musk is one of his personal heros. As we explored and toured Kennedy Space Center, I realized that all the success of space exploration was grounded in failure....

March 6, 2020

I recently visited Hawaii with my family. While there, I often stood in awe of the expansive banyan trees throughout the island. Standing under a banyan tree you'll notice that from the large thick branches is what looks like hanging vines. However, they are roots.  Th...

February 14, 2020

 “Is my partner there for me?” We all want to be able to answer, “Yes.”

The following suggestions are rooted in understanding our physiological responses to connection and attachment.  The truth is, we are mammals, we have hormones that make us feel good or bad in respo...

December 6, 2019

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives v...

September 13, 2019

I’m an avid reader and audible book listener and one of my reading and listening goals is to find both research and resources to better support my clients. The past month, I’ve had multiple meaningful conversations with clients about the following books. Whenever I see...

April 26, 2019

Mental health practitioners have noted for a long time how differently people can behave online than they do in person; often in more negative and aggressive ways, with resulting effects on readers. This is especially typical with topics that generally tend to be polar...

April 19, 2019

Psychologist Susan Silk and her friend Barry Goldman wrote a piece about a concept they called the “Ring Theory”.  This is something I find helpful when trying to support loved ones. When someone has been through trauma, they will need support. During that time it is i...

April 12, 2019

In his influential book Nonviolent  Communication, Marshall Rosenberg proposes that  most communication is about getting our core needs met, specifically, our need for connection. (Something like 70% of human communication is in some way about relationships).  Solid he...

February 12, 2019

In my work with clients often they want to have the goal of forgiving others. I have spent time researching this and want to share some of the things I have learned. Often, I see people rushing to forgiveness before they have given themselves time to be angry, set boun...

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