A few years ago while serving as a Chaplain resident, I was called to the room of a patient who was actively dying. Even though I was well into my second year of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education), I still felt a wave of sadness overtake me as I proceeded to be with the family of…

Where Happily Ever After Meets Never Again In seeking love, we engage in a never-ending tug-of-war with ourselves that dramatically colors our connection to our partner. On the one hand, we take actions that we hope will make permanent (as in, “lived happily ever after”) our connection to the “other” (spouse, partner, lover, or friend).…

As a mental health counselor for the past twenty years, I have listened to many painful stories from some of my lesbian and gay patients regarding their upbringing in a homophobic and heterosexist world. Many of my gay and lesbian patients, including a number of bisexual and transgender individuals, have shared with me that as…

In light of the terrorist attack on London yesterday and the threats against Jewish Community Centers, it makes sense to remind parents how children and teenagers are being impacted. I have been seeing more and more teenagers who are complaining of anxiety and depression. Many of these teenagers are also afraid to go to school…

Research from the National Science Foundation reveals that the average person has approximately 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of the approximately 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, 80% are negative (a.k.a. “constrictive” or “self-sabotaging) thoughts that play on repeat mode from minute to minute. These “constrictive” or “self-sabotaging” thoughts keep you stuck in unhealthy…

In today’s society many people including teenagers view cell phones as a necessity of life. However, it’s a privilege and we need to remember that fact. Many people have forgotten that cell phones are privileges especially teens and children in Middle School. This is a common argument I encounter between children and parents. The other…

Are you settling for less than you desire and deserve?  Ask yourself these questions: Have I wondered if there is more than this in life? Am I feeling stuck and don’t know how to get unstuck? Am I excited and enthusiastic with my career? Is my relationship less than satisfying and fun? If you answered…

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