What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own and other's emotions.  The 3 parts of emotional intelligence are emotional awareness, managing emotions, and applying emotions to problem solving.  Let’s look at each component a bit closer. Emotional Awareness Firstly, emotional awareness is the ability to learn from feelings.  Reflection is a crucial [Read more...]

Breaking Down the Fortress of Resentment

Challenges and disagreements are inevitable as a couple grows through time. Life presents the relationship with opportunities to develop a closer bond or build what could be the most difficult wall to break down: resentment. Resentment is defined as the feeling of displeasure or indignation at some act, remark, person, etc., regarded as causing injury [Read more...]

Surviving Summer as a Stay-at-Home Mom

A summer self-care guide It’s finally here! The time of the year your kids have been talking about and looking forward to all year long!  SUMMER TIME!! As all the students and teachers rejoice, the stay-at-home mommas mourn a little for the loss of their sacred time. Instead, they prepare to “go to battle” in [Read more...]

What is Pride Month?

  Happy Pride Month! To begin, it is important that I highlight this pride-filled month as a therapist that provides counseling services for the LGBTQ+ community. An overwhelming number of clients start therapy by telling me about experiences that were not accepting of their identity. This brings on feelings of shame, guilt and fear. These [Read more...]

Masking Mental Illness

Recently, I was shocked to hear about the passing of one of my favorite designers, Kate Spade. To me, she had it all going for her. Her purses and clothing continually exuded this idea of confidence, happiness, and class. Seeing the bright colors, funky patterns, or even just the glitter on some of her pieces [Read more...]

Tips to Help Teens Talk to Parents

As teens, it is 100% normal to want to avoid, if at all possible, talking to your parents!  But it’s important to create and maintain an environment in which you can talk to them, even if its about something hard.  Below are some good tips for practicing conversations with your parents, as well as approaching [Read more...]

By | 2018-06-06T10:42:43+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Family, Teen Counseling, Teens|0 Comments

Bedtime Anxiety : Helping Your Child Sleep Alone

Bedtime Anxiety Children and adolescents with bedtime anxiety find comfort and security being close in proximity to their parents or another sibling. They may throw tantrums or plead with you to sleep in your room. You may even wake up in the middle of the night to them crawling into your bed. Allowing your child [Read more...]

By | 2018-06-04T09:31:45+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Childhood Anxiety, Parenting|0 Comments

6 Ideas for Becoming a Better Listener in Your Marriage

‘Communication Issues’ is by far the number one complaint I hear in couples counseling.  When I say, ‘by far’, I mean there’s nothing remotely close.  There are 8 basic parts of communication – Sender, Encoding, the actual Message, Channel, Decoding, Receiver, Noise, Feedback – and each part offers a chance for breakdown.  Trying to assess [Read more...]

Couples Diffusing Arguments with Repair Attempts

“I’m sorry” are two of the most important words couples can use. Vital. Life-altering. Forgiveness and reconciliation is the glue of marriage. Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done. First, we need to get there: to open the door of tenderhearted and the eyes of kindness on our spouse once again. Dr. Gottman, one of the [Read more...]

By | 2018-05-30T10:26:32+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Couples Counseling|0 Comments

Talking to Your Children About Suicide – Why it’s Important

PSA:  It is PAST time to be having conversations about suicide with our children!  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, we are seeing higher levels of children (ages 5-17) visiting children’s hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts. Do I have your attention yet? Contrary to popular belief, talking about teen suicide will not push [Read more...]

By | 2018-05-30T10:27:40+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Parenting, Suicide|0 Comments