Symbiosis: The Empath and the Narcissist

Dear Empath, You may feel as if your purpose in this life is to facilitate the healing of others. You emotionally feed and water others to watch them abundantly grow. Highly sensitive and highly intuitive, you’re like an emotional sponge, absorbing all of the emotional energy around you. You thrive when you see others happy, [Read more...]

By |2019-04-04T07:14:25-06:00April 2nd, 2019|Adult Counseling, Boundaries, Coping Skills, Empathy, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Symbiosis: The Empath and the Narcissist

What Is Psychosocial Development?

I’ve always wondered why children, adolescents, and adults go through certain psychological changes. Each transformation seems to build upon the previous one and pave the way for development. One of the most popular and influential theories on this subject came from Erik Erikson, a protégé of Sigmund Freud. Erikson believed that personality develops in a [Read more...]

By |2019-03-26T15:42:46-06:00March 26th, 2019|Communication, Friendship, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-Esteem|Comments Off on What Is Psychosocial Development?

Your Love Life in the Year of the Pig: Part 2

For most of us, the holiday festivities are long gone and we’re already weeks deep into the new year. This year, the Lunar New Year started on February 5th, 2019, and it also marked the beginning of the Year of the Pig. Yes, you heard right – Year of the Pig! Similar to sun/mood signs [Read more...]

By |2019-02-21T09:08:06-06:00February 21st, 2019|Adult Counseling, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Relationships|Comments Off on Your Love Life in the Year of the Pig: Part 2

Bottling Up Emotions

I have these glass water bottles that have been quite durable. Please note that my toddler has chunked them across the room and they have not broken before. Then, one Sunday morning, I set the bottle down on the floor by my seat and I heard it crack. I jumped up quickly and noticed a slight [Read more...]

By |2019-02-20T11:40:44-06:00February 20th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Boundaries, Communication, Coping Skills, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Bottling Up Emotions

Caring for the Mess-Maker

My toddler recently got the stomach bug. Even worse, he projectile vomited all over the rug in front of a friend that was at my house for the first time. Later that day, I was giving him a bath without having first finished cleaning up all of the accidents around the house. That’s when it hit [Read more...]

By |2019-02-14T09:43:41-06:00February 13th, 2019|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Relationships, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on Caring for the Mess-Maker

Your Love Life in the Year of the Pig: Part 1

For most of us, the holiday festivities are long gone and we’re already weeks deep into the new year. For those that celebrate Lunar New Year (a.k.a. Spring Festival and Chinese New Year, though it is observed by numerous Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and more), the biggest event of the year [Read more...]

By |2019-02-06T08:23:25-06:00February 6th, 2019|Communication, Couples Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Relationships, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Your Love Life in the Year of the Pig: Part 1

Are You A Conversational Narcissist?

Naturally, most human beings love to talk about themselves.  It is a pleasurable experience to tell others our interests, hobbies, and what we had for lunch. What if we find ourselves turning every conversation into another story about us? What Is A Conversational Narcissist? Sociologist, Charles Derber, coined the term Conversational Narcissist to describe a [Read more...]

By |2019-01-22T16:28:44-06:00January 22nd, 2019|Adult Counseling, Antisocial, Communication, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Are You A Conversational Narcissist?

Coping With Grief During The Holidays

I never really understood what it meant to grieve during the holidays until it happened to my own family.  My father had a massive heart attack that took his life just days before Christmas. My entire family was in anguish. From then on, Christmas has never been quite the same.    The holidays bring meaning [Read more...]

By |2018-12-19T14:34:24-06:00December 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Family, Grief, Holidays, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on Coping With Grief During The Holidays

Community of Trust

How to create safety and independence for our children in the world today I recently listened to a podcast called Sorta Awesome. A licensed clinical social worker Leann Gardner (http://www.leanngardner.com) was interviewed in episode 99 on talking about sex with kids. She discussed a lot of interesting things. One topic was the importance of cultivating [Read more...]

By |2018-11-20T15:13:16-06:00November 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Community of Trust

Let The Fight Happen

Relationships are really great. Whether they are romantic or platonic, finding someone you enjoy being around feels good. You begin to connect on different levels, create inside jokes, and learn that it’s ok to be just as weird in front of them as you are in front of your dog. The “honeymoon” phase floats on [Read more...]