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8 Great Ice Breakers for Work Meetings & Family Events

By on Jul 4, 2018 in Relationships | 0 comments

Work meetings don’t need to suck. You can make your team meetings not only productive but fun as well. You need an agenda, some lofty goals, and team building activities. The right ice breaker to start off a meeting can make all the difference. Some of you are already starting to dread those holiday parties, and the tools in this article are for you as well....

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How to Be Less Critical & More Encouraging

By on Jun 19, 2018 in Relationships | 0 comments

I can be critical of others. That’s been my strategy for staying safe. With clients and strangers I’m encouraging, but with friends and family I can be a butt. If I’m critical, people stay away and don’t hurt me. It’s an unhealthy strategy, but it has served a purpose. Here are 5 relationship strategies helping me break this bad habit....

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15 Questions to Ignite Meaningful Conversations

By on Nov 10, 2017 in Relationships | 0 comments

Powerful conversations have transformed my life for the better. I long for them. While there are no guarantees, you can create an environment where meaningful discussions are more likely to occur. Great questions are a part of creating this environment. I have a friend from college named Aaron. I remember us having meaningful talks soon after we met. They were about...

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What to Do When Emotionally Overwhelmed

By on Sep 17, 2017 in Relationships, Stress | 0 comments

Ever had a conversation and then suddenly, out of nowhere, you become emotionally overwhelmed? Maybe this has happened with a boss, co-workers, or someone in your family. Maybe they say something you perceive as hurtful or threatening. Possibly they remind you of someone who mistreated you in the past. Do you know what triggered you? Do they know? In these...

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How to Improve the Culture in Your Workplace

By on Sep 9, 2017 in Relationships | 0 comments

As a therapist, I’ve probably supported over a thousand families since 1999. Since 2008, I’ve helped out hundreds of companies and workplace teams as well. I’ve found many similarities between workplace teams and families that have a healthy culture. Here are three traits they have in common. 1. They Foster Healthy Connections They consistently create...

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How to Connect with Almost Anyone

By on Aug 22, 2017 in Relationships | 2 comments

We are not fueled by achievement, but by connection. Loving and supportive relationships are necessary to thrive. As a result of getting this backwards, when you fail, or life stops going well, or others achieve more, you’ll feel worthless. Furthermore, you’ll end up miserable just like all victims of the comparison trap. In my experience, very few...

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