1. First Impressions

    Our first impressions often guide most of our subsequent attitudes, feelings, expectations, and behavior around the person or situation we have encountered. Consider meeting a younger relative at a family gathering that you haven’t seen for 6 or 8 years and you notice them sporting multiple earrin…Read More

  2. Adapting to our Older Lives

    Have you ever heard the phrase, “Old age is not for sissies”? Fewer clichés could be any truer. All of us have had the experience of watching others age. Some people in our lives seemed old from the beginning: our grandparents and great-grandparents for example (if we are lucky enough to have t…Read More

  3. Expectations

    Expectations are integral to our experience of life. They govern almost every aspect of our lives from the most trivial to the most important. Some of our expectations relating to the world we live in and to our daily lives: we expect drivers to stop at red lights; we expect the doors at our workpla…Read More

  4. 5 Times Your Relationship Could Use Counseling

    We all know a couple in trouble, scheduling marriage counseling sessions to help find the root of the problems in their marriage and help open up the lines of communication. For some, it works, and for others, it validates their split. So, what is the key to a happy, successful marriage and when is …Read More

  5. Passionate Living

    pas·sion·ate    [pash-uh-nit] adjective 1. having, compelled by, or ruled by intense emotion or strong feeling; fervid: a passionate advocate of democracy. 2. easily aroused to or influenced by sexual desire; ardently sensual. 3. expressing, showing, or marked by intense or strong feeling; emo…Read More

  6. Redefining our Roles

    Our lives are largely defined by the roles we play in relation to others and we play different kinds of roles throughout our lifetime. Some of these roles we are born into, some are imposed upon us and some we choose. We may be born into a role, such as the role of a girl, being the daughter of a mo…Read More

  7. Welcoming Spring Within

    Spring is an incredible season of regeneration and renewal. Our mood lifts and the heaviness of winter begins to lighten. Our bodies and souls take a much-needed breath of fresh, warm air. Winter is a season of dormancy, a difficult but valuable time of inner reflection and soul hibernation. With th…Read More

  8. Fresh Starts

    The beginning of the year is a great time for fresh starts. Many people take some time at the end of the year to think about what the year has been like for them. We review what hopes and goals have been fulfilled and which have not. We may look at ourselves and see qualities we view with pride and …Read More

  9. Coping with Holiday Craziness

    Is there such a thing as “stress-free holidays”? A lot of people would answer no to this question. Maybe a few would give a more positive answer. The holiday season is an incredibly complicated time. We each have a holiday history. Our holidays may have been wonderful, terrible, boring, alienati…Read More

  10. Empowering Ourselves and Each Other

    The start of the new year is a great time for new beginnings. It is a time when it seems easier than usual to feel motivated to make positive changes. We can identify patterns of thought and behaviors that keep us stuck and commit ourselves to action plans for change. Empowerment is a key concept th…Read More