Boundaries and…A Living Will?

  • 31st August 2019

Psychologists Henry Cloud and John Townsend published a classic book in 1992 entitled “Boundaries: When to Say YES — When to Say NO — To Take Control of Your Life”(1). This book has been a guide for many to define where their responsibilities lay and where other people need to…

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How You Can Improve Your Mood Today

  • 31st May 2019

Have you ever thought to yourself someone was “the worst” or “my friend is the best”? Perhaps you have considered how you have the worst boss or how you are a terrible person because of something you did one time. These are examples of black-and-white thinking and are thoughts almost…

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Change is the Only Constant in Life

  • 30th April 2019

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, has been quoted as saying, “Change is the only constant in life.” In Frankenstein, Mary Shelly wrote, “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” These quotes ring true as we navigate through life. Change is constant: relocation, normal life…

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Exercise, Your Mood Improvement Tool

  • 26th February 2019

“How does exercise affect your mood?”, I asked my fellow classmates after a recent early morning workout in the pool. The answers came back immediately and enthusiastically: “It helps me focus in the morning and calms me down at night. It makes me happy. If I’m stressed when I start,…

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Understanding Anxiety: It’s Worth the Work

  • 29th January 2019

The topic of anxiety is a common one, particularly in the counseling office; indeed, at times it seems everyone is discussing “my anxiety”, the “nation’s anxiety” and “our kid’s” anxiety. Reasons we experience anxiety are many although current events currently seem to be at the top of the list. As…

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Listening to Loneliness

  • 23rd October 2018

Loneliness impacts us all at one time or another. It is uncomfortable and unpleasant, but the feeling of loneliness lets us know that we are human and that we long for a connection beyond ourselves. It is not an emotion to despise, but to listen to and honor; one which…

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Dialogue in Marriage

  • 30th September 2018

To know someone and to be known by the other is the essence of true love. This intimacy needs to grow in a healthy  relationship. A hindrance to good listening in marriage is fear of hearing the other’s true feelings. It is helpful to keep in mind that we can’t…

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Positive Psychology

  • 3rd September 2018

For many decades the fields of psychology and medicine has been concerned with pathology and “what is wrong with the patient?” Fortunately, a movement began a few years ago that has encouraged preventative care and being more proactive in healthcare. In the field of clinical psychology, this movement is known…

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