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Life Coaching and Counseling
Man With a Vision

4 Steps to Clarifying a Vision for Your Future

You'll be 100 times more motivated moving towards something you want, than away from something you don't want. Clarify what you really want!

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Overwhelmed Man

12 Tools for Regulating Your Emotions

Hopefully, you have an idea of the people and situations that trigger you emotionally. Be prepared to handle these situations different differently, in a positive fashion. Here are 12 ways to regulate your emotions when triggered.

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Question Man Aha Moment

My 20 Favorite Questions to Ask Clients

People are longing for connection. Connecting at the heart level changes everything for the better. Human connection heals! As you prepare for interactions with your family, friends & co-workers, here are some questions that can strengthen bonds.

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Happiness

30 Happiness Building Actions

There's a lack of happiness and no shortage of stress and anxiety in the world today. People who take care of their mental health do things differently. They engage in actions that are distinct from those who struggle.

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Vulnerability

Taking Decisive & Consistent Action

If we don't risk getting hurt emotionally, we hinder our ability to feel good emotionally. Emotional vulnerability is a lifelong struggle and crucial to being emotionally healthy. We grow from experiencing failure, rejection & embarrassment and realizing we can handle it. 

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Why You MUST Deal with Your Past

I want my clients to live full and free lives. I don't want the past holding them back. Frequently I challenge clients to process, and come to terms with, past trauma. Their future, and mine, depends on us facing our demons.

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Grateful Woman

25 Gratitude Building Questions

We all have seasons in our lives when it's very hard to be positive. I can easily view myself as the victim. Gratitude is one of the only things that can end my pity party. 

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relationship building activities

12 Dating & Marriage Building Activities

A healthy marriage takes effort, but it’s well worth it, especially when you count the costs of divorce (financial, emotional, etc.). Here are 12 activities that can take your marriage from average to extraordinary.

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Young couple in cafe

50 Fun Relationship Building Questions

Here's a list of 50 of my favorite relationship building questions. Use this tool to build relationships at work, home, and with your friends. They work well for team meetings and family events. Enjoy!

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Young Professionals Having Meeting in Glass Office

3 Foolproof Ways to Motivate Your Team

Over the past 20 years as a family therapist, trainer, and coach, I've helped over 2,000 families and over 200 companies improve their work culture. There are similarities between the healthiest companies and families. Here are three traits they have in common.

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Without hope

Fear vs Hope Cycle

Everyone struggles with fear & anxiety at different points. Sometimes it's triggered by trauma. Sometimes a lack of sleep can sleep causes it. You can take specific actions to change your perspective from fear to hope.

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A Simple & Powerful Stress Coping Tool

Clients frequently ask for help in coping with stress. Most people can identify the source of their tension (e.g. parenting, relationships, the economy, money, job, health, COVID, etc.), but often CANNOT figure out how to stop the worry.

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Stressed Out Young Woman

Overcoming Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety focuses on what can go wrong. It zeroes in on the worst outcome coming true and bad things happening again. Hope focuses on what can go right, and the opportunity in every circumstance.

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Journal writing

100 Journaling Prompts for Self-Reflection

Journaling is an often underutilized tool that provides incredible insight when it is utilized properly. I find that one of the biggest challenges to getting started with journaling (aside from literally putting pen to paper!) is coming up with ideas on what to write about.

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Negative Self Image

How to Change Damaging Core Beliefs

Negative core beliefs are deeply, and often unconsciously, held beliefs about ourselves and the world. They form during our upbringing and further develop through life experiences.

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Grateful woman

How to Be Grateful When Life Is Hard

EaIt's easy to find things to worry about and dread. Being grateful is much harder, yet ironically, our gratitude usually significantly more grounded in reality than our anxieties. So many things in life are outside our control, but one thing you can directly influence is your perspective.

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4 Books I Want All My Clients to Read & Reread

People change their perspective, long term, by engaging healthy inputs (people, books, podcasts, therapy, coaching, etc) consistently.  You'll become the average of what you engage. Here are 4 life changing books I hope you'll read and why.

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Relationship Mistake

10 Ways to Validate People You Care About

Most people make one BIG relationship mistake and are unaware of the destruction it causes. They do it personally and professionally. Stopping this habit will make the most significant difference than any one relationship change. 

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