Codependency and Enmeshment

Codependency is a learned conduct that is often passed down through generations. It affects an individual’s ability to have healthy relationships. Relationships that have substance abuse, chronic mental illness, or dysfunctional behaviors are co-dependent.  Enmeshment is very similar to co-dependency. Personal boundaries in a relationship are blurred. An over-concern for others leads to a loss [Read more...]

Newlyweds Guide to Your First Holiday Together

Newlyweds, don’t relax just yet. You are still in for a ride after the wedding day! As you start on the delicate, sometimes frustrating, task of combining you lives, there will be many “firsts” and decisions to make. That includes the sensitive topic of where to spend the first holiday. Yikes! Now, this might be [Read more...]

By |2018-11-08T11:51:10+00:00November 8th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Boundaries, Communication, Couples Counseling, Holidays, Life Balance, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Newlyweds Guide to Your First Holiday Together

Help! How Do I Survive My Monster-In-Law?!

Wouldn’t it be grand if, when you chose your life partner, that’s all you get? Just the two of you alone in your own little bliss bubble – forever and ever? Sorry to shatter the dream, but you know how it goes: “When you marry your spouse, you marry his/her family too.” While that may [Read more...]

By |2018-10-18T12:47:01+00:00October 18th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Boundaries, Communication, Couples Counseling, Family, Life Balance, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Help! How Do I Survive My Monster-In-Law?!

Living My Best Life

One of today’s new popular sayings is, “I am living my best life.” Everyone has their own idea of what it means to live their best life. As I have grown older, what I consider my best life has changed. I define it by my outlook in the following areas of my life. Spiritual Having [Read more...]

By |2018-10-02T09:33:54+00:00August 29th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Boundaries, Family, Gratitude, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on Living My Best Life

Helping Children Cope With Separation and Divorce

Going through a separation or divorce is emotional for both adults and children. Children frequently do not understand the reason or meaning behind a divorce, thus creating confusion, anger, and stress.  Oftentimes, children will internalize the blame for problems that led to the divorce. Their left with unjustified feelings of shame, guilt, and self blame.  [Read more...]

By |2018-10-11T11:59:06+00:00August 7th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Boundaries, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Helping Children Cope With Separation and Divorce

3 Ways to Increase Happiness in Your Life

When was the last time you asked yourself, “Am I happy?” Don’t be too hard on yourself. This is not a question most people ask themselves on the regular. Everyone is constantly working, facing challenges and moving on to the next task; they forget to slow down and reflect on life. Below are 3 ways [Read more...]

By |2018-09-21T12:08:39+00:00July 26th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Boundaries, Communication, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on 3 Ways to Increase Happiness in Your Life

Vulnerability: A Sign of Strength

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.” – Brene Brown Vulnerability can be defined as allowing yourself to be truly seen by another. It is allowing yourself the opportunity to experience intense and positive emotions while also exposing yourself to the possibility of rejection. [Read more...]

By |2019-01-04T14:47:50+00:00July 9th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Boundaries, Depression, Life Balance, Motivation, Resolutions, Self-Esteem, Stress, Trauma|Comments Off on Vulnerability: A Sign of Strength

Family Boundaries: Sliding Door vs. Brick Wall

Blurred family boundaries have repercussions. At best, they can be annoying. At worst, they’re completely soul-crushing. We’ve all seen examples: The siblings who constantly pester each other. The helicopter parent. The grandparents who take control from the parents. When I talk to my clients about establishing boundaries, there’s always a bit of resistance. “Won’t that [Read more...]

By |2018-09-21T12:09:16+00:00July 9th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Boundaries, Communication, Family, Life Balance, Stress|Comments Off on Family Boundaries: Sliding Door vs. Brick Wall

Maximize the Fun in Family Vacations

  School’s out, sun’s out. This can only mean one thing: Summer’s here and it’s time to have some fun! Research tells us that having fun is one of the most meaningful aspects of family vacations for children. It’s important to make the most of vacations since summer only lasts a few months. It may [Read more...]

By |2018-06-25T15:27:33+00:00June 25th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Boundaries, Communication, Family, Life Balance, Motivation, Parenting, Self-care|Comments Off on Maximize the Fun in Family Vacations

Managing Screen Time This Summer

Parents may be concerned with the amount of screen time their child is engaging in with summer upon us and school structure gone. Children turn towards technology to relieve restlessness and boredom. Studies completed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) show that children and adolescents between the ages of 8 to 18 use considerably [Read more...]

By |2018-09-21T12:18:54+00:00June 18th, 2018|Boundaries, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Life Balance, Parenting, Social Media, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Managing Screen Time This Summer