Friday, July 28, 2017
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The Great Hidden Mindfulness Technique

Some time ago, I asked someone I trusted for advice on coping with emotional stress as I was going through a lot of big changes in my life.  Even though the changes were mostly positive, I was anxious, worried, and physically tense.  I rememb...

An Ode to Mirror Neurons

This blog post is inspired by my recent audio-book indulgence, Love Sense by Dr. Sue Johnson and musical artist Justin Timberlake's song, "Mirrors".  Pop Culture meets Attachment Science. Dr. Sue Johnson is mostly correct when she share...

3 Things to Avoid During a Divorce Involving Children

According to the American Psychological Association about 40-50% of first time marriages in the United States end in divorce, with the divorce rate increasing in subsequent marriages. With divorce rates so high, it is likely that yo...

Do I Have to Talk About Sex in Couples Therapy?

Many couples come to couples therapy to talk about a problem in their relationship.  Sometimes what brings them is a sexual issue but often that is not their main issue.  One common question that people often have is, will you have to talk ab...

The Power of Self Love

Even on the most beautiful of days, the world may seem like it’s against us. Every one of us experiences this sometimes- feeling drained and emotionally exhausted. While it might be tempting to search for an outside source to alleviate these nega...

Aggression for Self-Protection

It turned out to be one of their ugliest fights ever.  She was really upset about something that he’d done and was telling him calmly but clearly how hurt and angry she was.  He seemed to be listening.  He even looked ashamed of wh...

The Struggle to Repair the Past Through Limerance

Limerence, a term coined in 1977 by psychologist Dorothy Tennov, is an involuntary interpersonal state that involves strong sexual or intense emotional attraction to another person, combined with an overwhelming need to have the love object return the affection. These feelings are further intensified...

Forgiveness

When working through emotionally upsetting experiences, often the last piece to fall into place is that of forgiveness.  We can clear our anger, sadness and fear reactions and still not have completely cleared our connection to memories because of...

You Are More Than A Summer Body: Body Acceptance During Beach Body Season

Summertime is fast approaching, and while many of us can look forward to longer, warmer days, many more of us will struggle with increased body scrutiny and self doubt, and may take drastic measures to chase after that elusive “beach body.” From the time...

Mind-Body Connections for Increasing Self-Acceptance

We all experience common struggles like loss, fear of the unknown, insecurities and isolation, even though the outer circumstances look different for each one of us. These common human elements touch me and one that I always notice, in myself and in my...

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