April 17, 2017

Intimacy exists on three levels.  Breadth refers to the number of activities and interests the spouses share. The greater the number of activities and interests, the deeper is the level of intimacy.  The second level of intimacy is depth.  Depth refers to how much...

January 10, 2017

Here are some ways to support the development of healthy emotion regulation skills in children through co-regulation:

  1. Label emotions: yours, mine, everybody’s! Parents are encouraged to label their own emotions (e.g., “I’m so excited about going to the pool with you...

January 5, 2017

The Promise of "Us"

Although I've worked with families and couples for the better part of 15 years, I have often found myself befuddled when asked the most fundamental question of marriage counseling:  "What makes it work?"  I began to realize that I had been defining m...

August 11, 2016

Every year the dog days of summer fade into fading colors of fall.  One event marks the season like no other: back to school.  Often, the new school year is marked by excitement, fear, thoughts of a fresh start, and overwhelming doubts.

These feelings are normal; h...

August 5, 2016

One of the more pressing concerns I hear from parents is lack of social engagement with peers.  Today, many anthropologists suspect that the need to make friends and allies was a driving force in human evolution. Our ancestors beat the odds against disease, famine, and...

 

Mental Health has become a critical issue on college campuses. Behavioral Medicine clinicians from Baylor University report that the number of students in crisis coming in for help has more than doubled—from 290 in the 2010–2011 academic year to 647 last year. And the...

August 3, 2016

How could family counseling help me?

So what is family counseling exactly?  When is family counseling right for me?  Family counseling is used to encourage conversation between members of the family. Who is going to speak?  What is blocking that? What do they want to ta...

August 2, 2016

Vacation sounds like so much fun, right?  What can be better than taking a break and relaxing with the one your love?  You make the arrangements, book the hotel and flight, count down the days and anticipate the zen.  What can go wrong?  Yet often, things do go wrong....

August 1, 2016

Significant life changes can often times trigger a change in your child’s behavior.  The impact of life changes such as a death in the family, military deployment of a parent, a move, divorce, etc. can produce challenges that our kids have difficulty coping with. 

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