Articles by Mary Jo

Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

November 19, 2017

When you were growing up, your parents may have reminded you of all the things you have to be grateful for – a roof over your head, a warm bed at night, and dinner at the table with your family. When Harvey came to Houston, many of the basics most of us never thought a...

October 17, 2017

You see it every day; everyone is too distracted to carry on a conversation, complete homework, or pay attention to the events right in front of them. We feel lost without our phones and if your phone breaks or becomes lost it creates instant panic. Parents don’t talk...

August 30, 2017

Houston has been in a state of gloom for days. People have been forced out of their homes, experiencing the farthest thing from a breath of fresh air. Many people feel overwhelmed. Others might have survivor’s guilt. All are wondering what they can do to rid themselves...

July 24, 2017

You just got back from your summer vacation and now it’s time to go back to “real life.” Post-summer vacation blues are a real thing. The excitement, the lazy mornings, and late evenings are over. Feelings of urgency and stress begin moments after you get back.


July 17, 2017

If you feel stuck in a summer slump, you’re not alone. The kids are out of school, programs have summer hours, and friends and coworkers are on vacation. Even your relationship seems to be in a slump. The plans you had to get in shape or spend more time with your partn...

June 5, 2017

No matter what magazine you pick up, you’ll find a section about relationships. Often, they promote the importance of physical attraction and chemistry, encouraging you to look or act a certain way. As a licensed therapist, I understand their view on the importance of...

May 29, 2017

No matter what’s going on in your life right now, one thing certain – it’s going to change. Everything changes, whether you’re graduating, getting married, beginning a new job, or changing diapers with a new baby. Change is never easy, but it becomes easier when we pre...

May 14, 2017

In our picture-perfect social media world that features air-brushed faces and heavily-edited photographs, it’s difficult to believe any of the people you see or read about have ever felt like failures. Yet, Olympic athletes, scientists, celebrities, visionary genius, a...

May 14, 2017

The day after Easter I took a break and went to Ecuador. I had always wanted to see the Galapagos, and it coordinated with a meeting my husband had in Guayaquil. It’s amazing what you see when you have no other objective than to enjoy. One of the first thing I noticed...

April 24, 2017

Prince Harry recently talked about his twenty years feeling depressed and in despair over his mother’s death. His social standing and inability to express his feelings trapped him in a position of uneasiness and isolation. His behavior became more erratic, and he was u...

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