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How's your personal vision?


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Creativity to Reduce Stress & Heal

At one time or another we all have experienced the creative and personally enriching potential of art.  As a child, you probably found enjoyment in making drawings, coloring, cutting and pasting, finger paining, building sand castles, working with clay or even popsicle sticks.  Today, as an adult you may feel you have lost your creativity or you may feel you could never be consider "artistic".   However, you can still get therapeutic benefits from incorporating some art in your daily life.

How to Talk to Someone Who is Depressed

When someone we love is depressed we often feel a loss of words and uneasy about how to speak to them.  A client asked me recently how to approach a friend who was depressed and had attempted suicide in the past.  In the fact of a difficult, heart-wrenching situation friends and loved ones unwittingly or not, make statements that put the blame on the depressed person's willpower, self-control, lack of motivation or general negative mindset.  This often backfires and increases that person's feelings of isolation and hopelessness.

How's your personal vision?

Recent national and world events have created many heated discussions on social media and the news. As I listened and read these I noted the similarities between the arguments of politicians and those of my clients in their relationships. I believe those discussions are based on personal vision or perceptions. Let me give you an example that I use often with my clients. Imagine yourself on a dock watching a ship sail off in the distance. You watch as it disappears and remark to your friend standing next you that “it’s gone!

Grief - The Myth of Keeping Busy & Avoidance

Nearly every person who is grieving has been told by well-meaning family and friends to keep busy in the aftermath of a loss.  The same advice is given when someone is dealing with a trauma, heart ship or loss. Many people have nearly worked themselves into exhaustion trying to stay busy so they wouldn’t feel the pain that was the normal and natural by-product of the loss that affected them. We know the primary reason that the myth of keeping busy persists is because it is linked—almost like a satellite—to another major myth, that Grief Just Takes Time or Time Heals All Wounds.

Can your relationship status change your overall health?

How does your relationship affect your health? 

Research shows that strong partnerships can help us avoid illness, adopt healthier habits, and live longer.  On the other hand, troubled relationships tend to breed stress and weaken immune systems.  In addition there are other factors such as;weight grain– there is some truth that couples let themselves go after pairing off,stress levels– regular physical intimacy appears to reduce stress and boost well-being,feel-good hormones- higher blood levels of oxytocin – the hormone believed to ease stress and improve mood is higher after hugging,


Do you have good boundaries in your life? Boundaries are like fences around your property to protect it. You may have grown up in a home where boundaries were not taught. Here are some of the things that good boundaries protect: your trust, your need to have a voice, express your feelings and not having your feelings controlled by others, control over how you live your life, your opinion, your priorities and your values. If you grew up in a home where there were no good boundaries you may have felt that your voice, your thoughts, opinions and you yourself did not have value.


Are you lonely? We all have the innate sense of wanting to be connected. However, sometime that doesn’t happen or it doesn’t work out and you find yourself alone, again. Unfortunately, there are also people who spend years in a marriage and are suffer from devastating loneness and depression. You can be around people 24 hours a day but if there is no connection, you are still lonely. Feeling isolated can have a serious detrimental effect on your mental and physical health.

Where does your time go? Can you control time?

Can we really control time?  I have rarely met anyone who told me that they have all the time in the world and have complete control over time.  Time does have a way of getting away from us.  We underestimate our time.  We decide to tackle a project without planning sufficient time to complete it.  We procrastinate and then rush to complete a project or get to a meeting.  However, here are some valuable tools to help you control the way you allocate your time.  Time is one of your most valuable resources, so learn to take steps to manage it.

Fighting Depression during the Holidays

Are you fighting depression?  Feeling down during the holidays can be tough, especially since you seem so out of step with the world. Everyone else seems to be beaming, ruddy-cheeked, bursting with holiday spirit. You’re feeling wretched and exhausted. You don’t feel like getting out of bed, yet alone spreading holiday cheer.

But here’s something to cheer you up the next time you’re stuck in a room of revelers at a holiday party: Plenty of them are probably unhappy, too. You are not alone; many people suffer from depression around the holidays.