June 16, 2015

As a couples therapist, the question of “fault” comes up quite frequently.  Couples in distress are typically wondering – which one of us is “the problem”?  Who caused the last fight we had?  Much energy is spent either blaming oneself and feeling terrible or blaming o...

June 15, 2015

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted here! I was inspired to start writing again by a disturbing but very educational experience I had recently.

A few weeks ago, I attended a conference for psychotherapists to learn a model of therapy called Functional Analytic Psyc...

December 14, 2014

I’m up early today because I am going to a “One Day Sit” – a day of meditation through Vipassana Illinois. This is the same organization that I did my first 10 day meditation retreat with this summer, and once you complete that experience, you are eligible to do shorte...

November 9, 2014

In my 10 week group, The Mindful Couple, we just finished week 5 and in this round of the group I’ve introduced the concept and practice of Basic Goodness. Basic Goodness is a concept in Buddhist philosophy that teaches that all human beings have the capacity to “wake...

September 14, 2014

I returned home from the 10 Day Vipassana Meditation course this past Sunday. Its taken me awhile to digest all that I learned and experienced over these 10 days of complete silence, reflection, and meditation and I am sure I will continue to digest things and realize...

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...

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...

March 10, 2012

I started a formal meditation practice about 8 months ago, and a large part of this was joining a Sangha that meditates as a group once a week for one hour in 20 minute rounds of sitting, walking, and sitting. In January the group began to talk about their annual “Day...

January 2, 2012

Happy New Year everyone! As a new calendar year begins, I like to take the opportunity to reflect on the past year and to think about what I’d like to accomplish in the upcoming year. A good friend of mine and I usually try to come up with a slogan for the new year – i...

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