M. Rivest, Ph.D. Counseling Solutions at SMI www.MarrriageCounseling.org 336 760 1780 Arguing Badly A student in my class on Creating an Effective Argument said that she had enrolled for the purpose of learning how to win arguments with her 14 year old daughter. A number of thoughts rushed through my mind. Why argue with a…

Sometimes life’s messages to us whisper, then knock, knock louder, or even scream before we really tune in and listen! I cannot even count how many times I have appreciated my eyesight after seeing a person without sight, until my own next neurotic moment! Or seen a homeless person with no shoes, and felt blessed…

I was recently interviewed by a psychotherapist/author writing a piece on the initial contact made by potential clients looking for professional help. It was astonishing, as well as humbling, to be brought back to “the basics”, that initial call, and just what that must feel like to the person putting through that call or email.…

How often do we forget the fragile balance or imbalance between our emotions and physical ailments? You can see your PCP for headaches, muscle aches, and a rash and leave his/her office with nothing more than $150 dollars worth of creams, ointments, and prescriptions. It is a delicate balance, however, as it can be equally…

After more than 25 years of working within a managed care paradigm, I have spent the past year transitioning into a Private Pay Practice.  In my early years as a private practitioner, I can remember scrambling to apply to any and every insurance panel out there. For several years, as more and more of my…

Parents are often confused about how their children should view them. Most parents would say without hesitation that they want their children to love them. But, fear…that’s another issue altogether. Some parents want their kids to fear the consequences (punishment) for their misbehavior. Other parents actually feel their children should fear them physically. Both of…

Keeping a Dream Journal: Big and Little Dreams. Everyone dreams but not everyone remembers their dreams. The ability to recall one’s dreams is related to the importance that one attributes to them. When a person goes into Jungian analysis their attention is directed inwards towards the life of the unconscious and that person will start…