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Money Talks

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | June 15, 2017
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“DON’T BUY THINGS YOU CAN’T AFFORD WITH MONEY YOU DON’T HAVE TO IMPRESS PEOPLE YOU DON’T LIKE.” – DAVE RAMSEY It hurts me to write this blog, but I know it’s necessary, especially for myself. I hate having money talks about finances and budgets. Admitting that both my husband and Dave Ramsey are on the right track in doing so hurts my pride. Please know, as I’m writing this as help for my fellow reader, I am also writing this as accountability for myself and my family. Discussing finances can be intimidating. If you were not brought up in a […]

Finding Stability in Chaos

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | June 7, 2017
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Currently, I am in a very hectic stage of life and finding stability can be difficult. I’m trying to balance working as a private practice counselor and finish up my dissertation for my doctoral program. Both are wonderful phases to be in, but difficult to do together. I’ve come to find out that in order to get through this trying season of life, I need to find some stability to hang on to. It kind of feels like I’m searching for a tree branch hanging over a rushing river that I can cling to until help arrives. Here are a […]

Marriage Isn’t A Problem

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | May 30, 2017
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Raise your hand if you’ve ever read a marriage help book. (I have.) You know the ones – The Five Love Languages, His Needs Her Needs, Love and Respect, Sheet Music, etc.  They are great books! If you’ve never read any of the ones I just mentioned I’d recommend them, but this post isn’t about recommending a book.  It’s about understanding their true intentions. While each book offers wonderful insight, there seems to be a message that could be causing harm as well.   It’s the message that once you finish the book, go through the steps, identify the goals or […]

Fighting for Your Marriage

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | May 16, 2017
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Fighting Fair So often, I hear people talk about how they wish they had a perfect relationship, where they don’t fight with their partner. I can understand that. Fighting isn’t something I particularly enjoy, either. In retrospect, to me fighting doesn’t make me feel like I’m failing in my marriage. Fighting shows me that my husband and I are still interested, and engaged in our relationship. It also shows me we still care enough to take the time to argue about different perspectives, and eventually come to a compromise—or, at least,a mutual understanding. While some couples can flourish by avoiding […]

7 Tips for Parenting an Angry Child

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | February 18, 2017
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An angry child yelling

At one point in my life, I was a parenting pro.  Then I had kids and quickly realized all the books and magazine articles I read didn’t quite prepare me for an angry child (or child in an all-out rage).  Maybe you’ve had a similar experience.  In those situations, a parent typically reacts in a few different ways.  Either, they react the same by getting angry themselves and yell back, freeze up and say nothing, or become intimated and give in.  All of which are exhausting and none of which are helpful in teaching appropriate ways to manage their temper.  […]

Are You Married to Your Best Friend?

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | February 7, 2017
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Why Becoming Your Spouse’s Best Friend is the Ultimate Marriage Goal After being married about a year, my wife and I were interacting with a lady at a retail store – talking about marriage and such – when she abruptly asked, “Are you two like, best friends or something?”  When we replied, “Yes.”, she stated she hoped for the same with her husband when she got married.  This was roughly 9 years ago and her question and comment caught me off guard.  I had simply assumed that all married couples were best friends.  I’ve since learned differently, that becoming best […]

Improving Mental Health in the New Year

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | January 16, 2017
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New Years Resolution: Improving Mental Health 2017 has started, everyone is going back to work, school and their normal routines. The new year is synonymous with making new years resolutions to improve yourself. A common new year’s resolution is to lose weight and become physically healthier. Something not so common is making goals to become mentally healthier. Now I will agree, putting “going to counseling” on your 2017 vision board doesn’t look as fun as a picture of a sunny beach on some tropical island. Nonetheless, your mental health is important and striving for improvement in this area has many […]

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