Bzzzz! Beep Beep! Ding! Our attention is being pulled into so many different directions.  There are so many notifications grabbing our attention. Work deadlines looming. Traffic after work. Dinner needs to be made. Our energy is being diverted in so many different ways. The way to sustain and be at your highest self is…self-care. Self-care…

Life is full of stresses that seem to impede the very essence of life. Different people have different means of dealing with these stresses. There are times, however, that average measures can only achieve so much. It is in times like these that the services of a professional therapist are needed. The typical average measures…

I decided to support a friend at an AA meeting for the first time during COVID. I have to admit that it felt eerie when I first entered the room. Nothing like how it used to be before the pandemic. After all, all who were inside were desperately in need of psychological resuscitation. However, when…

Our primary job as parents is to teach our children healthy habits of self-discipline and self-regulation.  I wholeheartedly believe the most successful way to do this is by connecting to our children in a calm, safe, attuned, and curious manner.  When children feel safe, they have the freedom to explore, take risks and develop in…

I start almost every parenting blog with the statement “parenting is hard; really really hard”, and that’s because every time I sit down to reflect on parenting issues, that is the first thought that pops into my mind.  I am a professional licensed counselor, and I too mess this parenting thing up… often…. maybe almost…

When I’m particularly overwhelmed or drowning in negative emotions, I close my eyes, take a deep breath and remind myself that life is like an ocean. Like the ocean, life is a vast, mysterious, unpredictable force much bigger than any one person. Sometimes it’s beautiful and freeing and joyous. Other times, it’s terrifying and rough…