August 14, 2014

 This afternoon I am on my way to Pecotonica, IL for my first extended meditation retreat. The retreat is a 10 day experience where you commit to observing noble silence with your fellow students for the first 9 days, and meditate for a total of 10 hours per day inters...

July 17, 2014

Yesterday I saw a clip on Good Morning America about rules to follow when you are fighting with your partner. It got me thinking about how I handle myself in my relationships and the couples that I work with in my practice who are working to improve their relationships...

December 12, 2013

Hi Everyone! It’s been far too long again since I’ve posted and part of the reason for this is that I’ve been hard at work on some new things that I’ll be sharing in January! The first of these is a new group that I am developing with two of my colleagues at The Family...

June 4, 2013

This past week I had the privilege of attending a 4 day training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) with Susan Johnson who wrote the wonderful book Hold Me Tight (which I highly recommend for couples!). EFT is based on attachment theory, which is essentially t...

May 14, 2013

This past week, I had the honor of being chosen to present at an event called FanFare, a yearly event hosted by a wonderful organization called the Family Action Network. (To check out their website click here: http://www.familyactionnetwork.net/) FanFare is an event s...

May 4, 2013

I just attended 4 day intensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) this past week that was hosted by my DBT Team at The Family Institute. It was absolutely incredible! For those of you who are unfamiliar with DBT, it is a model of psychotherapy that combi...

April 24, 2013

I came across a quote recently that got me thinking about the deceptively simple mental health practice of acceptance. The quote is by M. Scott Peck (the psychiatrist and author) who said, “Mental health is a commitment to reality at all costs”. In other words, dealing...

January 29, 2013

“Whenever we give up, leave behind, and forget too much, there is always the danger that the things we have neglected will return with added force.”
-Carl Jung

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
-George Santayana

When a person seeks out the...

December 30, 2012

As we approach the new year, I am cleaning out my old day planner and starting a new one (yes, I am old school!) and found a sheet of paper from some notes I took at one of my Bowen family systems consultation groups this past year. The note is short, but sweet, and co...

December 13, 2012

Murray Bowen (family systems theorist and family therapist) famously coined the term “differentiation”.  Being differentiated means being clear on your own values and principles and being able to tell the difference between a “fact” and a “feeling”.  Sounds good, right...

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