Managing Holiday Stress

The holidays will soon be here again. Does the thought excite you? Irritate you? Fill you with childlike anticipation or just dread? Well, most people experience a whole range of emotions surrounding the holidays, and those thoughts can be difficult to sort through. The holidays are supposed to be a time of festive parties, family traditions, peace, and joy. Read More…

Divorced & Single: Embracing a new beginning

Twelve years ago I was divorced. I want to share what I have learned from my own experience and what countless women have shared with me. My hope is that we can start to talk about divorce (or separation) and being single without shame or guilt, but rather with strength, clarity and courage.  Read More…

The Biggest Mistake Women Make in Relationships

Women are excellent and patient listeners. We are natural caregivers and we’re supportive of everyone around us. So what is it that we do to mess things up in our relationships? We can’t fix it until we know. Read More…

Narcissism: The Relationship Killer

Do you ever wonder if a relationship is more difficult than you can bear? … Are you continually being told that you are the problem? Do you carefully weigh your words before you speak them for fear of lighting the fuse that will set off the next explosion? If so, you may be dealing with a narcissist. Read More…

The Mystery of Confidence

Women and girls need more confidence! We’re not born with it. We wonder why others have it and we do not. We don’t want to talk about it. We don’t know how to talk about it. We don’t understand it. We need it and without it we are at a disadvantage. Read More…

Mindfulness: Unlocking the Door to Better Physical & Emotional Well-Being

The practice of mindfulness is not only sweeping through mainstream America, it is also sweeping through the mental health and business worlds. Read More…

Desperately Seeking Love

Why are so many people desperately seeking love – as if it can be found outside of them or in another person? What is love? And can a single description or label contain the essence of love? Read More…

Overwhelmed, Stressed Women – Everything to Everyone

Most of us know these scenarios all too well: Someone needs extra help at work on a big project and the deadline is coming up quick; the kids forgot to remind you about the school bake sale they signed up for, and it’s tomorrow; your husband doesn’t seem to mind the dust bunnies on the floor or the piled up laundry, until he needs a clean and ironed shirt in the morning; and the dog is waiting by the door – and whining – again. What is wrong here? Read More…

10 Ways Parents Can Help Girls Preserve Their Self-Esteem

Research shows that girls experience a significant drop in self-esteem around puberty – often during the middle school years. … The damaging effects of chronic low self-esteem can surface at any time in her life, wreaking havoc with her relationships and happiness. Read More…

Have Confidence in your Intuition

Intuition is the calm, small voice inside of you that speaks up at unexpected times. It is the ability to “just know” about a person, situation or decision without having to investigate. We have all experienced a hunch about something or someone; that’s our intuition. Read More…

Anxiety is Common and Treatable

Do you suffer from chronic, acute or even mild anxiety? If so, then you might find some comfort in knowing that you have plenty of company. In fact, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America tells us that 40 million Americans age 18 and over suffer from some kind of anxiety issue. Read More…

Addicted to Chaos

We all know that alcohol, drugs, gambling, and sex can lead to addictive behavior. But did you know that living in chaos is an emerging and increasingly common addiction as well? Read More…

Building Self-Esteem for Health & Happiness

When I was a young girl, there were several running jokes in my extended family – all of which made me seem and certainly feel as though I was somehow not good enough. Looking back, I don’t know why it was so amusing but I went along with the jokes because I was a “good girl” – and going along with jokes, even if they are hurtful is what “good girls” did – and still do, today. Read More…

Is Your Child Prepared for College and Beyond – Emotionally?

Today’s children are growing up in an incredibly fast-paced world that allows little time for introspection or the opportunity to gain self-knowledge. Our graduating seniors appear mature, sophisticated and adult in many ways, but they have not been well-schooled in identifying, understanding and managing the emotions that govern their decision making. Read More…

The Problem That Has No Name

It is invisible. It is intangible. It has no name. It is a problem when a woman’s confidence is undermined or missing; a woman receives mixed messages about her identity; a woman has denied her own intuition for so long that she no longer recognizes it; and when a woman does not have appropriate boundaries in her relationships. Read More…

Today’s Empowered Woman – Claiming Your Voice

True empowerment for a woman comes from knowing how you feel and then being able to communicate your needs and feelings appropriately in your relationships. An empowered woman knows when to say ‘no’ and where to draw the line in her various relationships. She can recognize her own needs and ask for help when necessary. Read More…

Surviving the Holidays

According to an American Psychological study, half of all women in the United States experience heightened stress during the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Read More…

Are You in Need of a Mental Tune-Up?

Going to counseling is a gift you give to yourself and others. It is a mental tune-up. We take our cars in for tune-ups. We take our children to their doctor and dentist appointments to prevent future problems. So why not get a mental tune-up? Read More…

Is Your Relationship in Crisis?

The society we live in teaches us to seek love and security through a romantic relationship. There is much focus on falling in love but not much emphasis on how to maintain a stable, lasting, and intimate relationship. Read More…

One in Three Teens Needs Help

Dating violence of relationship abuse is a pattern of violent or abusive behavior in a relationship. This behavior can be physical, emotional, or verbal. Read More…

Bullying is a Serious, Growing Problem

We’ve all heard the recent news about an increase in bullying in schools. Bullying among children has always been around. What is changing is the nature of bullying. Read More…

Lead by Example

Parents are, hopefully, doing a lot of talking to their children and especially their teens about what not to do. Recent studies indicate that our children may not really be listening to us. This is alarming. Read More…

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Facebook

Social media has become an integral part of our lives, especially in the lives of teenagers. It is so important for parents to understand the social media world, especially Facebook. Read More…

Managing Family Holiday Stress