How to Be Your Own Hero & Leave Your Victim Behind

“You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.” -Paulo Coelho How often do you say things out loud or to yourself like: “He makes me feel stupid!” “I’m depressed because she is always criticizing me.” “I would be […]

The Hard Truth About Happiness

“I just want to be happy!” Young and old, male and female, rich and poor, we utter these six simple words. If you ask parents what they most want for their kids, they say the same thing—“I just want them to be happy.” Why is this precious human emotion so available to some and so […]

5 Tips to Create Changes in Your Life

“I wonder why progress always looks so much like destruction.” -John Steinbeck What do things like asking loved ones for advice, reading stacks of self-help books, taking classes, searching for a good therapist, or hours of web-searching all have in common? You probably guessed it. There is something the seeker wishes to change. As a […]

Uncovering Emotional Triggers or Where Did My Brain Just Go?

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.”   -Victor Frankl Have you ever walked into your parents’ house as a mature adult and suddenly turned into a rebellious teenager? Or suddenly burst […]

Gay Marriage: How to Handle the New Hot Potato

In a country deeply divided into red states and blue states, President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage will no doubt become a political hot potato. In the meantime, the psychological and emotional impact of politics on the actual lives of families will get drowned out in the rhetoric of opposing sides. As psychotherapists working with […]

Reclaiming the Soul of Birthdays

“Your children need your presence far more than your presents.”                                                                                           […]