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Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

May 31, 2019

Love bombing, a manipulative behavior that utilizes excessive flattery to control an unsuspecting potential partner, is the antithesis of everything love stands for. It’s cruel and selfish, often leaving a person feeling confused and foolish for falling for such a mani...

May 20, 2019

As a clinical psychotherapist, I see couples who do not belong together. There are individuals who tolerate being screamed at or insulted by their partner. Yet when it’s suggested that they should take a break or separate from each other, they vehemently decline. They...

October 15, 2018

When I talk with fathers about their unborn children, most of them are comfortable with the idea of a son but are a bit more apprehensive about having a girl. They worry they’ll have nothing in common and or wonder what they conversations will be like. As a society, we...

October 1, 2018

Victims of sexual assault share one very real truth in common – they no longer trust anyone. Many victims express not even trusting themselves. This is one of the reasons dating or making new friends after an assault becomes so difficult. Another reason is that the vic...

August 3, 2018

Looking for more help? Check out my video on letting go of anger or download my PDF guide on giving up the grudge.

When you hear of someone who held a grudge for years and resorted to destruction that impacted their friends and family you may ask yourself, who does that...

July 13, 2018

When’s the last time you took a walk during the work day or sat down with a friend for a cup of coffee without looking at your phone or feeling it buzz you? How often do you have to cancel a get together because you were catching up with emails from the day? When you’r...

May 17, 2018

When we hear about horrendous acts of violence, embezzlement, kidnappers, and child predators, we often wonder, “Who are these people?” How could they possibly go unnoticed for so long, getting married, having children and fitting into a community? Often they go unnoti...

April 24, 2018

When someone you love leaves your heart is broken. Taking care of your fragile self is so important.


When someone we love leaves or walks out the door, our immediate reaction may be one of hysterics, deep sadness, relief, and sometimes, even jubilation. These feelings...

April 12, 2018

With the latest news about pregnant Kloe Kardashian finding out about her husband’s serial cheating scandals, it hard to imagine a more devastating situation. Marriage research suggests that serial cheaters feel less and less at fault after each cheating episode. Seria...

December 21, 2017

For many, going home for the holidays is a happy time including laughter, intimate discussions, fond memories and the warmth of being together. Unfortunately, for some this is not their experience. Instead, they recall fights, caustic words yelled carelessly, and rough...

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