If a psychotherapist is lifeless or their technique too technical, their efforts to help may be worthless.
The way forward must be a path that moves a couple toward safer, softer, and more emotionally responsive interactions.
While Freud analyzed drives and unconscious wishes, Frank Baum spun Dorothy into a Technicolor dream to help new friends find the brains, heart, and courage they thought they were missing and her own way home.
The meaning in Robert Frost’s poem has been widely hijacked by shallow interpretation. In the actual poem, the traveler expressed sorrow that he could not travel both roads and confessed he could not see very far down either one.
I listen more than I talk, and I think before I speak. I am generally quiet, and my silence can easily be mistaken for disinterest or worse.
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We have been asking the wrong question.
We all—especially our kids—have a built-in need to be playful. As we lower our guards and heighten our senses, we all learn and grow.
Life is a journey with critical stages of choosing.
Historical perspective reminds us how far we’ve come and how important our person-centered values continue to be as we shape the future of health care.
Couples must develop freedom within felt pushes and pulls of powerful forces in their relationships.
We live in fear or dread or courageously in spite of them. Therapy stirs courage.
Children’s senses are faculties in an intricate ecology of sensation, perception, emotion, and more.
Though it’s easy to become stuck in them, we need not play puppet to our feelings.
A family is a dominant maker of meaning in our lives.
As couples become disciplined in their conflict, their love grows.
A couples counselor can help facilitate healing in a relationship, but for healing to happen, both partners must be invested in taking steps toward each other.
Some conflict in relationships is normal, but many couples get trapped in spirals of misunderstanding, judgment, and underappreciation. Therapy can help.
Although some distinguish “counseling” from “therapy,” terms often used interchangeably, regulatory language does little to draw clear distinctions.
Parenting should stir confidence, connection, and character.
Only in relationship can we transform our misperceptions.
When mental health clinicians work together to achieve desired treatment outcomes, everybody wins. Here are some of the hallmarks of collaborative care.
The day I visited an AA Meeting, I learned an important lesson on vulnerability and the life-giving power of humility.
Therapists escalate distress by asserting too rigid a modality or too rational a mindset.
Each moment, little by little—and sometimes lot by lot—we are becoming what we do.
Parenting children with problematic behaviors requires steady guidance and discipline but also a healthy dose of acceptance, empathy, respect, and love.
Anyone can discipline a child, but disciplined parenting can make you more effective in promoting desired behavioral changes as well as character growth.
The devastating effects of domestic violence exposure on children warrant closer examination—and action.