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Through a Glass Darkly: A Way to Understand Depression

Through a Glass Darkly: A Way to Understand Depression

The phrase 'through a glass darkly' is from the Bible, "12 For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; but …

The Main Reason People in Therapy Are Diagnosed

The Main Reason People in Therapy Are Diagnosed

Our human body systems are similar and predictable enough in response to disease and illness that physicians are able to study how medical symptoms …

Do Not Put Political Stress on Your Honored Elders

Do Not Put Political Stress on Your Honored Elders

As we wind down from our Independence Day celebrations this year, let us take a moment to think about the people who are part of the so-called …

Stress and Its Effects on Mental and Physical Health

Stress and Its Effects on Mental and Physical Health

In today’s culture, stress is a given.  From the moment we wake, throughout the day, and sadly for some, throughout the night, stress and its …

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The Most Powerful Force in Home Care: Learning Empathy

The Most Powerful Force in Home Care: Learning Empathy

When it comes to deciding caring for an aging loved one at home or putting them in a nursing home or assisted living facility, it is easy to miss a couple of key points on the list of pros and cons. Those points revolve …

Father’s Day For Kids Who Aren’t Loved ByTheir Father

Father’s Day For Kids Who Aren’t Loved ByTheir Father

Welcome to the reality that not all fathers want to love their children. Fatherly “love”, the emotional willingness and availability to listen, care, and feel happy from ongoing involvement with the developing …

Write Your Own Father’s Day Card

Write Your Own Father’s Day Card

What would it say? The Father’s Day card you’d most like to receive? Perhaps you have experienced the selection process. Pick up a card in the store, read it, and determine if it fits the recipient. Picture your …

Between Caring for Self and Others

Between Caring for Self and Others

It used to madden me when a particular friend would renege on plans we had set. For no good reason, in my mind. Oh, there was work to do at home, or she ran out of time, or needed to take a walk. The excuses sounded …

Mother’s Day Thoughts from a British Mummy

Mother’s Day Thoughts from a British Mummy

What would you most want to write about if someone asked you to write something about Mother’s Day? Would it be about your gratitude or your disappointments or both? Would it be cynical, clever, nostalgic, angry, …

Pack These Tools for a Journey to Change

Pack These Tools for a Journey to Change

When making a major life change it is best to begin from a position of strength. Self-compassion and awareness are two essential tools. Social Conditioning and life circumstances can influence our view of what we are …

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Divorce, Custody and King David

Divorce, Custody and King David

Divorce mediators know what the Bible’s King David knew – a judge should not be the person who decides how a child is divided between his or her parents. But parents going through a contentious divorce are …

Graduation: Divorce Shouldn’t Disrupt the Day

Graduation: Divorce Shouldn’t Disrupt the Day

June is a time of transitions and traditions. The flowers bloom and your children blossom – they go to proms, graduate high school or begin their new lives as adults by graduating college. The pleasure of watching …

Divorce: How Did I Get Here?

Divorce: How Did I Get Here?

At age 45, I find myself living in a small apartment with my two teenage boys and walking dogs for a living. It’s not what I expected when I graduated cum laude over twenty years ago from an Ivy League institution. …

You’ve Been Having Sex All Weekend!

You’ve Been Having Sex All Weekend!

This is only one of the accusations hurled at me by my teenage daughter in the early years of dating – my dating, that is. I “came out” and introduced someone to my kids after being separated from their father for …

Dealing with Shame and Rejection During Divorce

Dealing with Shame and Rejection During Divorce

Whether you proposed a divorce or were on the receiving end, or someplace in the middle, it is very likely that someone, if not many, may criticize you. This can be one of the most painful parts of divorce. When going …

The Devil in the Parenting Plan

The Devil in the Parenting Plan

Parents often try very hard in mediation to negotiate a fair parenting plan that acknowledges their children need both parents in their lives. But sometimes things go wrong in the execution. The devil in this case …

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