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Step-family counseling and pre-step family counseling looks very different than counseling your average couple and family. The dynamics are different and there are specific considerations to make when coming together. One of the leading books to help both counselors and the general public learn more about becoming a stepfamily is Ron Deal’s The Smart Stepfamily. […]

Becoming a Stepfamily: Delivered and Redeemed

I often hear clients tell me that they can’t accept it – that if they accept it, they feel like they’re approving of it; they feel like approval for a traumatic or bad situation is an injustice. This is particularly true for the clients I see that have dealt with sexual assault or traumatic loss. […]

How Radical Acceptance (and not Approval) Will Help You Get Through It

Adult Counseling

Eating, sleeping, resting – all of these are just basic physical needs right?  However… these needs are basically non-existent for some. How many of us feel like we are constantly running in the negative with one, two, or all three of these constantly? Whether you are a parent, college student, business owner, active in your […]

“Am I Mad or Just Hungry?” – How Not To Light Everything On Fire When Your Physical Needs Aren’t Met

Adult Counseling

Being quarantined, whether self regulated or government mandated, is never fun. Since we are in Houston, we are used to hiding away for a few days at a time for a hurricane, but this is unlike anything we have experienced before. Something we do know from weathering hurricanes though, is that cabin fever is very […]

Surviving Cabin Fever – You Don’t Have To Strangle Everyone While Being Safe


Uncomfortable emotions and/or a general lack of skill to put thoughts and feelings into perspective- let alone words- often get in the way of communicating effectively. Not having the skills to communicate your wants/needs and set boundaries can leave you at increased risk for depression and anxiety, negatively impact your self-esteem, and degrade the quality […]

How To: Use DBT Skill DEARMAN to Communicate Effectively


Being an avid gym-goer, I see many faces at the gym. For the most part, everyone keeps to themselves, but you start to recognize more faces than others after a while. Naturally, it is only a matter of time before other gym “regulars” become acquaintances and those acquaintances slowly move towards friendships. Recently, I achieved […]

4 Tips to Help You Make Friends as an Adult (Because it’s Hard!)

Adult Counseling

So you just discovered your spouse is having an affair. The doctor just disclosed a diagnosis of a serious medical condition you thought was just a cold. Your life has been turned upside down within seconds and you don’t know what to say, think, or do. A crisis situation is considered any major life event […]

Crisis Situations & Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills

Adult Counseling

Death and loss are inevitable. They’re the most sure things about life. For some reason, though, we can get weird around the topic of death. Society has a few blanket statements to say, but are those actually helpful? Some of those well intended but ignorant things can be pretty damaging. Grief is a confusing emotion. […]

How to Talk to Someone That is Grieving

Women's Issues

 As children we are taught how to be kind to others, respect others, love others. However, very rarely are we taught how to be kind to ourselves, respect ourselves, love ourselves. When life gets tough, it is easy to be harsh with ourselves. However, it takes an act of courage to love yourself. Struggling with […]

How to Love Yourself (When Struggling with Mental Illness)

Adult Counseling

Something I work on with my clients ALL. THE. TIME. is how to identify healthy relationships. No, I don’t just mean romantic relationships. We’re SO hyper-focused on romantic relationships as a society. We get fixated on how those relationships affect us, failing to look at other types of relationships in our lives. We learned our […]

Unhealthy Friendships in Adulthood

Adult Counseling