The Social Media Shield and Cyber Bullying

Social Media has quickly become one of the top forms of socialization and communication. This development has allowed for a number of positive changes, but comes with many dangers as well. People have become able to keep in touch with so many more people, all with a few key strokes. It has strengthened distant family…

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Matter

Everyone knows what a New Year’s Resolution is or at least what it has turned into. A promise to make a change in the new year, typically either to make a positive lifestyle change or achieve a goal, that is worked on full force for all of maybe the first month of the year and…

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When Does Teasing Become Bullying?

While nobody would argue that any type of teasing is acceptable, the ideas of teasing and bullying are often confused and there is a significant difference. Teasing can range from playful banter between two people who have a close and affectionate relationship to jokes that are made at a person’s expense. The first type is…

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Protecting Yourself From Negative People

It can take just a small amount of negativity to sap a positive attitude and that negative energy can significantly impact your quality of life. While its sometimes hard to recognize, some people are chronically negative and can have a draining effect on us. Making it even more difficult, sometimes those are the people closest…

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The Importance of Self-Care

What is self-care and why is it important? In a nut shell, self-care is exactly what it sounds like, taking care of yourself. What most people miss is that this goes above and beyond the basics. We all know that taking care of yourself involves sleeping, eating, showering, but it should involve so much more…

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Balancing Rewards and Consequences in Parenting

Discipline is a common point of contention and confusion in the parenting community. Everyone has an opinion on what works and what hurts. The problem is, people don’t often take into consideration that every child is different, every parent is different, and every child/parent relationship is different. Every system needs to be adjusted to what…

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Parenting and Respect

In clinical practice we often have parents come into session expressing concern over their children disrespecting them and acting out. They often make comments regarding how they were raised to respect their elders and how children should just automatically respect their parents. The problem is, you have to give respect to get respect and children…

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Why Sleep Matters

It seems like common sense that healthy sleep equals healthy and happy people, unfortunately the majority of our society are not getting healthy sleep. There are more reasons than I could possibly count as to why this is a problem. Life has gotten faster and busier, and sleep just no longer seems like a priority.…

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Staying in the Moment

In today’s busy and chaotic world, it is easy to be overwhelmed by all of it. It is almost impossible to go a day without hearing about some tragedy in the world, someone who needs help, a political battle, or just simple conflict between people we care about. Pile this on top of the daily…

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Therapy for Affairs

Affairs or infidelity is one of the most stressful, harmful, and painful experiences a couple can go through. It is also one of the top reasons a couple may come in for marriage counseling. The pain and damage caused by an affair goes well beyond the initial hurt caused, but leads to many deeper issues.…

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