The Back-to-School Reset

School is back in session for districts across the country. The start of the academic school year sets a number of actions in motion for parents: clothes and school supply shopping, new routines, preparation for fall extracurricular activities, and readjusting bed times. There are several aspects involved in transitions from lazy summer days to busy [Read more...]

What To Consider Before Letting Your Child Have a Sleepover

An educated parent is the best one to choose if and when a sleepover is appropriate for their child.  As a parent, if you do choose to let your child sleep over with a friend, there are some factors to consider.  Having a “family sleepover policy” is a great way to protect your child, and [Read more...]

By |2019-08-13T15:09:13-06:00August 13th, 2019|Childrens Counseling, Family, Parenting, Social Media, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on What To Consider Before Letting Your Child Have a Sleepover

How to Manage a Life Transition

While growing up, my mother created poignant teachable moments using proverbs. One of my favorite sayings referred to an outlook on life. She often said, “the only constant in life is change”. This sage advice did not truly have meaning in my life until I reached adulthood. I am amazed at how quickly days and [Read more...]

By |2019-08-13T14:37:45-06:00August 13th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Biblical Counseling, Christian Counseling, Coping Skills, Family, Women's Issues|Comments Off on How to Manage a Life Transition

How to Support Someone Going Through An Emotionally Difficult Time: Tea and Honey – Part Two

“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,” said Pooh. “There, there,” said Piglet. “I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.”   Loving someone comes with high and low days. Loving someone with a chronic condition or someone going through an extended difficult time can come with its own set of highs and [Read more...]

By |2019-07-23T13:25:10-06:00July 23rd, 2019|Adult Counseling, Boundaries, Communication, Coping Skills, Depression, Family, Life Balance, Men's Issues, Mental Health, Stress, Women's Issues|Comments Off on How to Support Someone Going Through An Emotionally Difficult Time: Tea and Honey – Part Two

The Sandwich Generation

When my mom became ill after my father died, I did not have a lot of options.  My husband and I decided to move her into our home. We could assist her with costs and care so she could help us with our young children while I went back to graduate school.  Although, as the [Read more...]

By |2019-06-10T07:35:36-06:00June 6th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Boundaries, Coping Skills, Depression, Family, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on The Sandwich Generation

Being Together While Apart: Making Long-Distance Marriage Work

Marriage is a challenging journey all on its own. When you add long-distance into the mix, you may find yourself up against some real "make it or break it" scenarios. Is your spouse in the military? Does your spouse travel frequently for work? How about pursuing a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ dream this summer? Whatever the reason, there [Read more...]

By |2019-06-05T13:16:18-06:00June 5th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Boundaries, Communication, Couples Counseling, Family, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Being Together While Apart: Making Long-Distance Marriage Work

My Child is Gay… Now What?

Gay. Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Pansexual. You are probably familiar with these words as they are becoming more common in mainstream society. But if you or someone you love doesn't identify as one of the above, it can be easy to look the other way and focus on the concepts and priorities in your world. [Read more...]

By |2019-06-06T14:26:09-06:00June 5th, 2019|Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on My Child is Gay… Now What?

Evaluation In Marital Therapy: Triangles

Today, we will continue the series on the evaluation and treatment of  marital conflict examining another part of the marital dyad. Triangles, a term coined by Murray Bowen, refers to the idea that a two-person emotional system is unstable. When under stress, partners tend to draw in a third party to stabilize the relationship. Meaning, [Read more...]

By |2019-06-03T14:27:59-06:00May 28th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Communication, Couples Counseling, Family, Intimacy, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Stress, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Evaluation In Marital Therapy: Triangles

How To Appropriately Utilize Rewards and Punishments

Many parents have reported that in order to reduce power struggles in the home, there needs to be some sort of solution focused perspective. Concentrating on solutions creates a very different family dynamic. If your own thinking and behavior will change, so will the thinking and behavior of your children.  The theme for focusing on [Read more...]

By |2019-05-28T10:16:35-06:00May 28th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Boundaries, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on How To Appropriately Utilize Rewards and Punishments

Evaluation in Marital Therapy: Marital Dyad Factors

There are all types of factors to collect about the marital dyad. In my next blog of this series, I will go over the areas that the authors of The Evaluation and Treatment of Marital Conflict explain as key to assess when developing a treatment plan.  Emotional Climate To begin, the authors describe an [Read more...]

By |2019-05-30T14:14:13-06:00May 6th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Communication, Couples Counseling, Family, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Evaluation in Marital Therapy: Marital Dyad Factors