What does transgender mean?

Understanding transgender youth is an important part of understanding the complexities of human nature. This blog is for you if you have a child who is exploring their gender. It can be hard to support your child if you don’t understand the different identities that young kids are associating with. Fear not! I am here [Read more...]

By |2018-10-18T15:45:23+00:00October 18th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health, Parenting|Comments Off on What does transgender mean?

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...]

By |2018-09-21T12:24:53+00:00June 13th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Empathy, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Personality|Comments Off on What is Pride Month?

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...]

By |2018-06-14T10:15:05+00:00June 11th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Family, Grief, LGBTQIA+, Mental Illness, Relationships, Self Harm, Self-care, Stress, Suicide, Teen Counseling, Trauma|Comments Off on Masking Mental Illness

3 Benefits of Men Going to Therapy

For this blog I want to talk to the men, my apologies to the women, please feel free to pass along the info in this blog to the important men in your life. With that intro out of the way, let’s get straight to the point. I want to propose the question “How can therapy [Read more...]

Mental Health in the African American Community

With it being Black History Month I wanted this blog to focus on mental health in the African American community. Mental Health Statistics in the African American Community* In 2014, Over 6.8 million African American persons have been diagnosed with a mental illness. Adult Black/African Americans are 20% more likely to report serious psychological distress compared to the [Read more...]

By |2018-02-20T23:21:08+00:00February 20th, 2018|Anxiety, Depression, Grief, LGBTQIA+, Relationships, Self-care|Comments Off on Mental Health in the African American Community

More Love: Building Love Maps

This month’s Love Series will help you with rediscovering love through a fun activity called Love Maps! Celebrating Valentine’s Day “right” is a source of stress for many couples. A deluge of advertisements pours down on us, beginning weeks before the holiday. All of this marketing has made us feel that we suddenly need to [Read more...]

By |2019-01-16T10:07:28+00:00February 14th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Couples Counseling, LGBTQIA+, Marriage Counseling, Premarital Counseling, Relationships|Comments Off on More Love: Building Love Maps

More Love: Open Relationships

As we are in the month of love, I want to talk about all different types of intimate relationships. There are couples, “throuples”, “situationships”, partners and open relationships becoming popular in culture. All of them require a certain level of attention to detail and arrangements of agreements, but I want to give a little insight [Read more...]

By |2019-01-16T11:00:25+00:00February 14th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Boundaries, Couples Counseling, LGBTQIA+, Relationships|Comments Off on More Love: Open Relationships

More Love: Marriage Reboot

Twenty-two. That’s how many years of marriage I have under my belt. I met my husband while I was a senior in high school. I can remember the day we met like it was yesterday.  One Saturday in December of 1991, I was spending the day with my sister and nephew.  We decided to go [Read more...]

By |2019-01-16T10:56:07+00:00February 8th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Couples Counseling, LGBTQIA+, Marriage Counseling, Premarital Counseling, Relationships|Comments Off on More Love: Marriage Reboot

5 Signs You’re Gonna Make It

As a couple’s therapist, one of the most difficult questions I am asked is “Are we going to make it?”. The beauty of relationships, and the reason this specific area of counseling intrigued me, are the countless variations of dynamics within interpersonal relationships. While relationship patterns – both healthy and unhealthy - exist, every relationship [Read more...]

By |2018-01-25T16:12:11+00:00January 12th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Couples Counseling, LGBTQIA+, Marriage Counseling, Premarital Counseling, Relationships|Comments Off on 5 Signs You’re Gonna Make It

The Platinum Rule

Be careful who you ask to define the Golden Rule. You might hear, “The person with the gold makes the rules!”.  Any smart husband or wife would never define it as such, so let’s go with the more universal (and reasonable) definition of: “treat others how you want to be treated”.  This is a good [Read more...]

By |2018-01-25T16:18:34+00:00December 26th, 2017|Adult Counseling, Boundaries, Couples Counseling, Family, LGBTQIA+, Marriage Counseling, Premarital Counseling, Relationships, Resolutions|Comments Off on The Platinum Rule