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The Parental Impact

In the 1960s Diana Baumrind, a developmental psychologist, and later in the 1980s, Maccoby and Martin, helped to define four styles of parenting. What is important about this is understanding how we parent or how we were parented can help us…

Own Your Life

I’ve been working with several individuals lately around the concepts of victimization and ownership and I suspect there are others who also struggle with creating these boundaries within their own lives. To define these terms I think it’s…

Mental Wellness for Chronic Illness and Disability

Do you have a chronic illness or disability? Chances are that if you personally don’t, you know someone who does. What I’ve come to discover in my own journey with a physical disability is that no one tells you about the mental health…

Challenge Your Love

We are living in a world with a great divide.  Obviously, this is something that is not new, but it is certainly in the limelight currently with the potential to encourage genuine change, not only in America but in the world.  Where…

Your Own Personal Pandemic

There seems to be a great deal of focus on what we are each accomplishing during this pandemic. That somehow, if you don’t clean the spare bedroom out, finish a novel, up your exercise routine, or discover a hidden talent then you’re……

New Discoveries

In the midst of the pandemic, where few things are normal, I believe we’ve all been offered an alternate perspective from which to view our lives. Being quarantined, our worlds become much smaller, and our habits much more evident. Perhaps…

Pulled By the Vision

I was listening to a wonderful lecture by Geneen Roth, who has authored many books around eating issues. What I appreciate about her work is that the focus often goes beyond awareness to self-responsibility. She has an ability to get to the…

How Do You Change?

One of the most fascinating things about studying to be a clinical mental health counselor is studying varying theories on how people believe change happens.  Some people believe you have to address the past in order to gain insights into the…

Is It Really Free?

I ride the Colorado Springs city bus two days a week to get to my internship. After a few weeks, the first bus driver asked me if I was catching the next bus on the route. He then offered to radio ahead to that bus and ask them to wait for me…

You Never Know

A neighbor of mine recently lost her job and moved from her apartment. She was a pleasant neighbor with an adorable dog. Now, it would be easy to assume this neighbor moved because of financial reasons, but the truth is, I don’t know. She…