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Our Commitment to Freedom Hurts Our Relationships

Some of our greatest victories are creating major relationship problems.  Americans have fought long and hard for freedom and self-expression. Women demanded to be free from the tyranny of male domination in relationships.  Modern conversations in many relationships often center around “How do I express me and have our...

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Reflections on Indiana’s Latest Legislative Action

The clamor over the Religious Freedom Act will soon recede into the background.  Yet surprisingly it has left me changed forever.  It caused me to face the part bigotry and closed-mindedness has played in my life.  I am a psychotherapist.  I have dedicated my life to assisting people in...

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Why Does It Matter if My Therapist is a Social Worker?

If you pay attention, you will notice that different counselors and therapists have different letters that come after their name. MSW, MA, MS, LMHC, LMFT, LPC, CDAC, PsyD, etc. No we don’t list these initials just because we can. They actually do mean something important, something that makes a...

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ADHD Food for Thought

Diet May Help Manage ADHD While the cause of the brain disorder, ADHD, is yet unknown, many health experts agree that a healthy diet may play a role in managing the symptoms. A good rule of thumb is whatever is healthy for the brain isnlikely good for those with ADHD. Here...

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Men in Sex Therapy: a Review of The Men on My Couch by Dr. Brandy Engler

Sometimes a book just reaches out and grabs me by the throat and demands that I listen.  The Men on My Coach by sex therapist, Dr.Brandy Engler, grabbed me and shook me to the core. One by one she allows her therapeutic sessions with these normal average guys to...

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This Exposure Shortens Your Lifespan

Tears came to my eyes as I watched Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’s talk – How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime. It wasn’t what she was saying was new to me. I have studied the effects of the mind on the body for over 20 years and am familiar...

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Relationship-Based Self-Esteem

Take a few minutes to evaluate your self-esteem.  Do you generally feel positively about yourself?  If not, why?  What environmental and self-imposed factors seem to affect how you feel about you?  Your parents?  The media?  Your appearance?  Your weight?  Your health?  Your salary?  Your love life?   Relationships and...

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Troubled by Christian Action

The more I learn about Christianity, the less I like it. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a Christian most of my life so it’s not like I’m just now learning about it.  I’m in love with Jesus – more now than ever – but still figuring out...

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3 Ways You Can Prevent Christmas Melt-Downs

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s important to remember that all the extra shopping, fun activities, school programs, family gatherings and overall high level of anticipation are often accompanied with an increase in stress. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you and your...

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How to Choose Consequences that Work

Often I am approached by parents who ask me the question “How do I choose consequences that work”.  I believe that the consequences that parents choose are not nearly as important as the way in which they are delivered. Setting limits with clear rules, using respectful and supportive communication...

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