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Cats Provide Good Therapy

Cats Provide Good Therapy

June is National Cat Adoption Month In April 2004, I adopted Simba, my first shelter cat.  When his cage was opened at the shelter, he took two …

Prenuptial Agreement – Is This the Beginning of the End?

Prenuptial Agreement – Is This the Beginning of the End?

5 Tips to Making the Process Easier There is something inherently difficult – perhaps even distasteful - about the process of creating a …

7 Life Lessons from My Dad

7 Life Lessons from My Dad

Most of us have heard that children may listen to what their parents say, but it’s their parents’ behavior and actions that children tend to …

OMG! It’s Father’s Day – The Ultimate Challenge

OMG! It’s Father’s Day – The Ultimate Challenge

Choosing a Father’s Day card was always a challenge for me. I didn’t NOT want to send my father a card as that would be dismissive and possibly …

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Divorce

Divorce: Traumatic or Transformative?

Divorce: Traumatic or Transformative?

A life event as stressful as divorce has the power to be many things.  In most cases, it is a roller coaster that seems to embrace the entire spectrum of human emotion.  In the midst of divorce, you never know whether …

Father’s Day: Not Just for Fathers

Father’s Day: Not Just for Fathers

In divorce mediation, couples typically decide together how to handle the basics of Father’s Day. What time does the day start? Do the children spend the night with dad? Does mom or dad pick up or drop off the …

Divorce: Traumatic or Transformative?

Divorce: Traumatic or Transformative?

A life event as stressful as divorce has the power to be many things. In most cases, it is a roller coaster that seems to embrace the entire spectrum of human emotion. In the midst of divorce, you never know whether the …

Housing Changes During Life Transitions

Housing Changes During Life Transitions

Some life transitions, like a stroke, come upon us with no warning. Others, like a divorce, may be years in the planning. Either way, often life transitions involve the sale and/or purchase of real estate. These are …

Verbal Abuse and Divorce

Verbal Abuse and Divorce

"You are such an idiot!" she screams across the dinner table as a green bean slides off his plate. The kids stare into their laps and quietly drop their forks, wondering, yet again, what battle is about to …

The 3 Stages of the Divorce Process

The 3 Stages of the Divorce Process

Divorce is not sudden, it is really a process that happens over several months – or in some cases, several years. Like any major life transition, it requires time and energy – and, let’s face it … money. There …

Life Help

Angels and Stones When Caregiving – Who is Really Helping You?

Angels and Stones When Caregiving – Who is Really Helping You?

I keep a small poster in my office.  It reads, “We are all just angels with one wing.  We fly by holding onto each other.”  It has made me think about angels and stones. I am coming through a period of intense …

How Empathy Helps

How Empathy Helps

It might be easy to 'poo poo' empathy, as in 'Empathy plus ninety-nine cents, what'll that get me? A donut?' But honestly, out of all my therapy skills, I think it's what my clients hunger for the most. Heck, I think …

Toasting a Stress Free Summer!

Toasting a Stress Free Summer!

I heard on the radio recently that there’s a new study out about champagne—apparently, a couple glasses of champagne each week have as much health benefits as red wine because of the anti-oxidants, and they also …

7 Life Lessons from My Dad

7 Life Lessons from My Dad

Most of us have heard that children may listen to what their parents say, but it’s their parents’ behavior and actions that children tend to follow.  How lucky I am to have had a Father who’s actions and behavior …

OMG! It’s Father’s Day – The Ultimate Challenge

OMG! It’s Father’s Day – The Ultimate Challenge

Choosing a Father’s Day card was always a challenge for me. I didn’t NOT want to send my father a card as that would be dismissive and possibly even be construed as cruel. But Hallmark had failed me on choosing the …

Graduation is an Opportunity to Consider Thriving Instead of Striving

Graduation is an Opportunity to Consider Thriving Instead of Striving

Graduating students will soon be celebrating the completion of their studies and relish the ability to go out and start living life.  A graduation ceremony is called commencement for a good reason.  It is a beginning …

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