Top 10 Reasons To Mediate Your Divorce

In my last post I noted that January is referred to as “divorce month,” the time when the most people reach out to seek information about divorce. The first step is recognizing that there are different ways to divorce. Yes, there are different ways and your process choice may be by far your most important choice. [...]

By | January 20th, 2016|0 Comments

A New Year, A New You: Viewing Therapy From A Public Health Model

What comes to mind when you think of therapy? Is it lying on a couch week after week exploring your childhood? Do you think of disorders and mental health diagnoses? We can look towards the traditional “pathology model” for these stereotypes. Historically therapy has been driven by the “medical model,” that of evaluating and diagnosing pathology. [...]

By | January 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Kids And New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is often thought of as a fresh start, a new beginning, a time for change. New Year's resolutions are not just for adults, kids can benefit too. Creating their own resolutions can help kids with self-reflection, goal-setting, responsibility, self-discipline, and persistence. Here are some tips: 1. Make it a family affair. This allows [...]

By | December 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Beating The Holiday Blues

Holidays are often thought of as a time of joy. Yet for many, the holidays are a time of stress and sadness. Some examples include: It being the first holidays after the death of a loved one with whom we typically celebrated the holidays. In a family of separation or divorce, when the children spend the [...]

By | November 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Dealing With Emotional Triggers

The work that I do is often contentious and filled with emotional triggers, whether in couples therapy, family therapy, divorce mediation, or a collaborative divorce. My clients are often at their worst point emotionally and struggle to manage these intense feelings. Time and time again, I see people being emotionally triggered and lashing out defensively. While [...]

By | November 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Helping Children Deal With The Loss Of A Pet

The loss of a pet, whether it be a fish, hamster, cat, or dog may be your child’s first experience with death. And it can be a significant loss. Children and pets are best friends. How many adorable photos are there online of babies cuddling with dogs? They just seem to go hand in hand. I [...]

By | November 10th, 2015|0 Comments

Dealing With The Death Of Man’s Best Friend

I was recently talking with a friend about how our dogs are getting old and how we can’t imagine the day when they are no longer part of our lives. For many pet owners, a cat is not “just a cat” or a dog is not “just a dog” they are family. They are trusted companions, [...]

By | November 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Counting Orange Cars: Mindfulness Matters

Do you ever tire of others telling you to think about what you want, to focus on what you want to happen…the "I think I can" approach? My hairdresser is notorious for this. I am completely gray and have been since my earlier 30’s, it’s genetic…thanks dad. I always whine to him wondering why I shouldn’t [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|0 Comments

How Health Insurance Companies Are Screwing Your Providers And Therefore Screwing You As Well

Let’s face it, for health insurance companies, profit is the bottom line. And we’re not just talking about a few hundred dollars here. From 2009-2012 the profits of Health Care Service Corp, which is the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Montana, were over $1 Billion annually. Then [...]

By | October 20th, 2015|0 Comments