Empathy and Mirror Neurons

June 16, 2017 by

Empathy differs from sympathy. Sympathy reflects an understanding of another person’s situation- but viewed through your own eyes. In contrast, empathy is what you feel when you can step outside of yourself and enter the internal world of another person. You experience the other’s emotions and conflict without abandoning or losing your own perspective. It […]

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Using Pop Culture to Impact Positive Change – Part 2

June 15, 2017 by

Welcome back! In Pop Culture Part 1, I discussed how, when connecting with children/youth, I utilize pop culture to: 1) develop and enhance rapport, and 2) gather information in regard to values, traits and indicators of resiliency. Please go to www.psychealth.com if you haven’t had a chance to read Part 1; it would be like […]

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Marriage Can Be Miserable

May 11, 2017 by

When a couple marries, they can be truly miserable if they follow a few simple rules! When life is busy and stress levels are high, it is important to “do one’s own thing.”  Take time to unwind and relax; this is far more important than conversing with your spouse. If a conversation should happen to […]

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An Alcoholic’s Gratitude

April 28, 2017 by

Mary grew up with an alcoholic father and she promised herself that she would never marry anyone who was a heavy drinker. But now after 18 years of marriage she finds that her marriage is much like that of her parents. Her husband, John, drinks almost every night and quite heavily on weekends. Many tries […]

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Posted in Addictions, Depression, Family & Parenting, Marriage & Relationships, Personal Growth, Therapy.

Nature Is Good For Us

April 6, 2017 by

How fortunate we are to live in a rainforest! Even as I’m sitting at my computer, looking out the window at snow, sleet and grey skies, I’m grateful. Not for the grey skies, but for the trees surrounding us and a climate that allows us to get outside and be active year round. Regular physical […]

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Using Pop Culture to Impact Positive Change

April 6, 2017 by

Seven years ago, a colleague and I attended an annual conference in Washington, DC called the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium. We were excited about meeting one of the key note speakers, John Gottman, a marriage and relationship researcher and expert whom we learned about while in grad school. We kept seeing a man of similar stature […]

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Posted in Depression, Family & Parenting, General, Internet, Personal Growth, Stress & Anxiety, Therapy, Uncategorised.