The Great Paradox of Long-Term Romantic Relationships

“I’m just not sexually attracted to my partner anymore.” Has someone said this to you? Has someone said this about you? Have you said this?  Hurtful- yes; Honest- yes; Hopeless- no You may be surprised to hear that this is a very common sentiment and actually makes a lot of sense when you begin to break […]
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Is the Way You View Intelligence Shaping Your Ability?

I’ll start with a question: What is it that determines if a person will be “successful” or not at a difficult task?   Take a second and think about how you would answer that question.  For many years my answer might have been “innate ability,” “willpower,” or some combination of the two. Recently, however, I […]
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Don’t Let Your Feelings Create Your Reality

This may be hard to believe but just because you are feeling something, does not mean that it is a fact.  While objectively many of us recognize that feelings ≠ facts, this common cognitive distortion (called emotional reasoning) tends to creep in and often shapes how we think about ourselves and the world.  So what […]
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Parenting Preteens and Social Media- Woof

Preteens and social media- Woof.  This is a big topic. If you are feeling lost about how to approach this and what boundaries to set, know that you are not alone! This is the most common point of tension that I see between preteens and their parents and is genuinely very difficult to navigate.  So […]
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The Power of A Simple Word to Change the Trajectory of a Day

When was the last time you told a friend how much you appreciated them?  …A child what you enjoy about spending time with them?  …Or what you admire about your partner? Our words are powerful! We know how good it feels to hear something positive about ourselves, yet so often we forget or do not […]
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Defense Mechanisms: An Introduction to When/Why We Use Them

We are starting a blog series that talks about defense mechanisms, or the ways in which we try to protect ourselves from fear or pain. However, before we dive into the different defense mechanisms, it is important to look at how we get there in the first place. This is where the nervous system comes […]
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The New Year: Reflection Before Resolution

New Years has become known as a time for resolutions, which is great (when they actually happen). So often, however, life gets in the way. This year instead of shaming yourself into change, I want to invite you into a different approach: reflection. Let me be clear, reflection is not about judgement. When we are […]
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Emotionally Preparing for the Holidays

  Although the holiday season has been called “the most wonderful time of the year” by some, for many of us it can feel like quite the opposite. Emotions and stress can be high as we engage in the season, leaving us vulnerable to triggers and overwhelm.  If you are feeling any of these things, […]
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A Better Way to Breathe- The Benefits of Nasal Breathing

A Better Way to Breathe- The Benefits of Nasal Breathing Breathing- it’s something we do every day yet rarely think about. Many of us have never been formally taught how to breathe, nor do we think it is very important. Breathing is breathing, right? Surprisingly, that is far from the truth. The way in which […]
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