Love Principle for Parents

Stress follows us home! Or in some cases, it walks through the door with a gym bag wreaking of wrestling gear, sweat and half eaten lunch. Stress throws tantrums because you refuse to allow your fifteen year old to date a 24 year old or simply because your teens want to ruin your day. Sound…

Link Between Divorce and Teen Depression

I’m Divorced and my Teen is Depressed! Depression in teenagers does not mean they can’t get out of bed. The signs are more often coated in poor academic performance, isolation from peers, loss of interest in activities, mood changes, appetite changes, new sleep patterns etc. For some parents the onset of teen depression is obvious…

The Love Principle offers a Safety Net for students.

The United States is in an obvious uproar, again, over a very hostile subject. The subject is our children in harms way. American children face a cold harsh world that presents them with constant violence, threats, and apprehensiveness. Many of our kids have been left to fend for themselves emotionally. Parents are more and more…

Why I wish I went to Therapy Sooner

If you’ve had the opportunity to find the right therapist, then you understand the power of sitting with someone who really hears you. The gift of being heard can unravel decades of self-proclaimed lies that appear after rejection, heart-ache, trauma, or natural devastation. Living in Florida, I know all too well the frightening impact of…

Free of the parent trap After my divorce

There’s a nasty downside to life after divorce, and here it is: You still have no control. If you thought the uncertainty of the divorce process ended when the judge ruled, you were misinformed. Legally you can be free from the jerk, cheater, philanderer or worse, you can begin a life of repeat court dates,…

When love turns into FEAR

The statistics show the 1/3 of women will be sexually assaulted by age 18. Survey your friends and you probably already guessed who it was and who it wasn’t. The stats are the 1/4 women will experience domestic violence (fear for their life or their children while living with an abuser) Those who’ve experienced the…

Becoming You Again

What if the best parts of you; your creativity, leadership, talents, and passions are hiding? Is it possible to live a life outside the roles we define ourselves by, (the role of daughter, spouse, employee, mother, sister, teacher, coach etc.) and share these attributes within our roles? A sudden shift in one of these roles can…

The Strength of being

The Invitation by Oriah It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love…

Keeping Sane when visiting Family

The type of car you drive may reflect your ability to stay sane during the holidays. As a therapist there is one piece of advice I give to my clients, and it’s simple. Be a convertible. A two seat car has maneuverability and is not built to carry multiple passengers with all their issues and…

11 Very Good Reasons to go to Therapy

Because there’s nothing wrong with seeking help. Posted By Lindsay Holmes on Huffington Post, March 2017 Therapy is so much more than sitting on a couch. Misconceptions abound about what it means to talk to a mental health professional. The need to talk about your emotions is seen as something to poke fun at, weak or shameful. That stigma…

How to Heal for Domestic Violence Abuse Survivors

First off, let me qualify this article by saying, “I wish someone sent this to me when I was recovering from the BLOW of Domestic Violence.” You may not even categorize yourself as a battered woman, but then again you may just be one without the bruises. Abuse has 5 categories: Sexual, Mental, Emotional, Physical…

4 Keys to Keeping Calm during Divorce

4 Keys to Keeping Calm during Divorce By Jessica Gaffney, MSW Are you going through a divorce?  Does it feel like a long drawn out process? Are you trying to maintain a positive attitude in public, but inside you feel full of fear, anger and confusion? Divorcing couples often experience a breakdown in communication, the…