Uniting Couples

Here are a few ideas I like to share with couples that are seeking help in therapy: Being married, like many things in life, is at the same time both a tremendous blessing and a difficult challenge. Though we wish for sweet matrimony and perfect harmony, the truth is that we are joining together two individuals with their own perspectives, family backgrounds, and for lack of a better term baggage. Now as a couple there is an opportunity to create your own family paradigm. I recommend that many couples begin with a mission statement and identify what they want to
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Emotional Wellness Strategies

I’m meeting with a group of women tonight to discuss how to handle difficulties in their lives. I’m focusing a good chunk of my presentation on strategies to promote emotional wellness. I think we can all benefit from these, so I thought I’d share with you: 1.Return to the basics of physical health and find balance in the following: a.)Engage in physical activity of a type that you have found enjoyable in the past. Exercise has many healing effects including the release of endorphins and improving sleep. b.)Eat healthy and regularly. Be sure that you are having regular and balanced
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Finding Lessons in What is Around You — Survivor

One of my favorite shows on TV is CBS’s Survivor.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s about 16 strangers that are sent to a deserted location (usually an exotic island) to fend for themselves for 39 days and see who can outwit, outplay, and outlast their competitors.  With limited supplies and no comforts from home, they are required to build their own shelter, gather food, and survive the elements of nature.  Every three days they compete in physically and mentally strategic challenges to determine who will have immunity from getting voted off the island by their fellow tribe members.  Then they
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What Is She Really Saying to You? Ladies, Be Careful With The Hidden Messages in Your Communication

This is a sample of some of the hidden messages we find in our communication when we don’t really mean what we say.  I pulled this off of a funny email that a friend sent me. I have to admit, that I’ve dished out a few of these myself. Ladies, be careful with what you are saying and how you say it.  Men, if the women in your life are communicating this way, we need to get you some help so the words that are said match the meaning intended.  In the meantime, hopefully this will help you translate. What Women really mean
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Summer is Coming to a Close. What Now?

Hopefully you have had a great summer and you are now headed back into the routines of your regular life. For many families this includes kids going back to school. As a kid I remember being so excited for summer break to start and then not more than about two weeks into the break, I found I was bored out of my mind. Come August, I found myself counting down the days until I went back to school. For many kids going back to school in the fall is a time of excitement: summer boredom is over, they get to see
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