Overcoming Traumatic Events

We have talked about trauma before, but so many of my patients struggle with trauma issues.  Trauma can as simple as a car accident, to the loss of a loved one, to sexual or physical assault.  Trauma events are experienced differently, and what might be traumatic for one person, might not be traumatic for someone […]

Take Time to Enjoy Family

Things today get crazy.  With so many events and responsibilities pulling at our time, sometimes it’s hard to remember to prioritize the more important things.  I know I struggle with the hats that I wear.  Sometimes, it’s hard to divide time to make sure that I care for myself, and my family.  As I talk […]

How to Survive Chaos

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of so many events and situations that you had trouble sorting out what you needed to think about first?  I seem to find myself in this situation often, more often than I want to admit.  In helping others, I find that it happens more frequently than anyone […]

Being Thankful

Being thankful means different things to different people.  For some, there is religious flavor to being thankful.  For others, it’s more spiritual.  We celebrate Thanksgiving, and I like to think that people take a moment to be thankful for their blessings, but for some it’s hard to be thankful when times are tough.  As we […]

A Time to Act

As our country becomes more divided, it’s time to think about working in your community to support others.  With all the news in the last week, we are struggling to find the integrity and fortitude on which this country was founded.  Honesty seems lost among our leaders today, and it’s hard to find people trying […]

Defining Bully

As I surf around the internet, I read comments.  Some comments provide support, and some comments provide information to consider, but other comments are just plain mean.  As I think about my kids being on the internet, I cringe at the comments that they might receive about things that they say or post.  I have […]

Lets Eat Dinner

How did your family do things when you were growing up?  Did you watch television together?  Did you go on vacation together?  Did you play games?  Did you eat dinner together?  I can remember growing up, and having dinner at the table in the evenings when my parents got home from work.  I also remember […]

Recovering from Divorce

I’m reminded often about how divorce can affect someone’s life.  Whether the separation is due to an affair, violence, conflict, or other issues, it’s a painful time for people going through it.  The couple is affected, but so are family members, friends, children, coworkers, and others.  There is sadness, depression, emotional and even physical pain […]

Good Days and Bad

There are good and bad things that happen every day.  There are also days with more good than bad, and days with more bad than good.  Sometimes you can turn a bad day into good, but the idea of turning a good day into bad is thought provoking at best.  Being able to turn a […]

Advocating for Your Child

In working with families, including my own, sometimes I encourage parents to advocate for their kids in school or in the community.  At other times, parents also have to be firm with their kids to teach them life lessons.  Much of the time, managing the balance is the hard part.  It’s hard to see your […]