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15 Ways Adults Can Make Friends

By on Aug 1, 2017 in Relationships | 0 comments

Recently I spent 3 hours with a close friend from high school. I feared reaching out to him because it had been over 5 years since we last connected. Thoughts like “he doesn’t want to see me”, “he’s too busy with his family”, and even “he doesn’t like me any more” stuck in my mind. The time together was...

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Are You Emotionally Constipated? (Part 1)

By on Jul 2, 2017 in Relationships, Stress | 0 comments

I’m a middle child from a fairly loud and emotional family. Looking back, it seems like everyone expressed how they felt, except me. I decided at a young age to live inside my head and hide my feelings. As a therapist, I see a strong correlation between a lack of healthy emotionally expression with both depression and anxiety. “Live in your head,...

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Are You Emotionally Constipated? (Part 2)

By on Jul 1, 2017 in Relationships, Stress | 0 comments

Being vulnerable on an emotional level is terrifying. One reason I became a therapist is to appear like I’ve got things together. When people come to me for help, I’m seen as the expert, therefore I remain in control. I’m more comfortable helping than being helped. Asking for help is scary. Not being in control is even more terrifying. I shared...

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My 10 Favorite Questions to Ask Clients

By on Apr 20, 2017 in Relationships | 0 comments

Knowing the right things to ask makes a big difference. Here are three things I keep in mind when preparing questions for clients: 1. Great questions start with a “what”, “how”, or a “tell me about”. 2. Always be prepared with 2 or 3 powerful questions to start the session. 3. Powerful questions are simple. “Sometimes...

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7 Strategies for Positively Engaging Family Members Over the Holidays

By on Dec 17, 2016 in Relationships | 0 comments

You may be looking forward to the extra time with friends and family over the holidays. Like me, you have high hopes then you can get disappointed as you slide back into old patterns of relating. It’s hard to break old habits. Resist the belief that things can’t change. Prepare to get out of the holidays what you want rather than being blindsided and disappointed....

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7 Great Ice Breakers for Work Meetings & Family Events

By on Oct 31, 2016 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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