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Thoughts About Therapy

Thoughts About Therapy

Psychotherapy has been described in many ways; therapy, counseling, talking to a shrink, me time, something that I am not getting near with a 10-foot pole, the list goes on. Regardless of what it’s called, the aim of any good therapeutic endeavor is a collaborative human experience in which change occurs. When we are hurting, we tend to look in one of two places for help, inside of ourselves or outside of ourselves. For different reasons, each viewpoint has its value. Outward activities such as exercise, art, music, building, or spending time outside have immense benefits and are therapeutic, but...

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100

100

Can you believe how quickly the time passes? 2019, wow! I would like to use the number 100 to expand your perspective of time during this next year.  I invite you to spend a few minutes with me using your most precious asset, your imagination. My family calls me the Queen of What If. I have lightning speed ability to come up with “what if” scenarios about anything they throw at me. Often, it is with the attempt to predict and control an unpleasant outcome. Let’s play What if, and expand how we see our life and possibly live it differently...

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Boundaries: Distraction in Relationships

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Boundaries: Distraction in Relationships

            So, the other morning while heading into the office, I drove by a 3 car crash. It looked just like most car crashes I see on the road these days. Car #1 rear-ended car #2 which then rear-ended car #3. Since I am reading Boundaries in Marriage, I decided to use this as my next blog. Hope you can follow it, feel free to leave the blog, get three matchbox cars or 3 objects and label them 1, 2, 3. Place them in a line. Got the visual, now slam car #1 into car...

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The First Year of Grief

The First Year of Grief

I remember being surprised when I began studying Grief Counseling, about what research indicates is the most difficult periods during the first year following a death.  The times when grief will rear its ineffable pain are: 1) at the end of the first week; 2) the three month mark; 3) holidays; and, 4) the one year anniversary.  The one that was surprising to me is the three month mark.  The practical explanation is that much of the personal support given to a bereaving family fades at around the three month period.  Those who were initially stopping by, perhaps preparing meals,...

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Why is the Ice Cream in the Pantry and Where are the Clean Towels?

  True Story...It’s early in the morning, I open the pantry to take out the cereal and there was a half-gallon container of ice cream sitting on the shelf.  Technically, it was just the container sitting on the shelf; the ice cream (I use the word “ice” loosely) was dripping onto each shelf below forming a cascade of sticky, gooey liquid all the way down to the floor.  Not a great way to start the day!  As I cleaned the mess, I searched for an explanation of how this could have happened. I realized that while putting away the groceries...

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