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Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

February 27, 2017

Working with obese patients has been eye-opening to the stigma they face in their daily lives. In a culture where thin is highly valued, career promotions, dating, and travel are limited due to your size. It’s no wonder that anxiety, depression, and addictions are high...

February 26, 2017

The recent statistics from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has reported that about one-third (33.8%) of U.S. adults are obese. That number rises every day, and keeping up with it is more difficult than keeping up with your stocks. I work with the fi...

February 25, 2017

I run several support groups for the morbidly obese in the Houston area. Two of the groups specifically deal with food addictions. The members in this group participate in a 12 step program that helps them learn new coping mechanisms besides turning to food. It is very...

February 22, 2017

A frequent question I hear is, “Should I divorce?” How do you know when your marriage is over? It’s a difficult question and one no one can answer for you. For one couple, a cheating spouse may be the final reason. For another couple, cheating may be worked through, bu...

February 21, 2017

From the age of twelve to at least eighteen, a girl is under constant scrutiny about her body, looks, and sex appeal. We have advanced technologically, but girls still go through the same judgment and peer pressure that their mothers did. Recent evidence suggests that...

February 20, 2017

Watch this segment on Fox 26!

Does it lately seem like the only news is bad news? Whether you’re reading Facebook posts, Twitter tweets, listening to the radio, or watching television, it seems to be everywhere. Even a night out with friends has turned into talk about f...

February 17, 2017

College used to be a time when dating was rampant. But now 60% of all college students are female and 40 % are male. There doesn’t seem to be enough males to go around. Women have given in to what everyone else is doing. That is hooking up. A hook up is when you go out...

February 13, 2017

My clinical practice involves working with men and women. For the most part, men and women communicate very differently; misunderstandings are not only common but almost impossible to avoid. Many women would be surprised to discover that men really do stress about what...

February 13, 2017

It’s easy to feel frustrated and a little down when your coupled friends are telling you about their Valentine’s Day plans. Although it doesn’t seem to bother you any other time of the year, there’s something about Valentine’s Day that makes you feel nostalgic or alone...

February 12, 2017

Knowing you're loved and feeling the love are two TOTALLY different things. Miscommunication happens frequently in families, among friends and in relationships. Expecting an "I love you" or "You look pretty" is not too much to ask, so why do so many spouses neglect say...

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