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Relationship Skills: Three Couple Things

Imagine a beautiful crystal pitcher filled with water to the brim; place cups around the pitcher. Notice the pitcher beginning to pour water into the cups. The pitcher is constantly pouring water. It does not stop or take breaks since the cups never seem to say full. The pitcher does not believe it deserves to take break. It does not stop to rest and think to fill itself. Eventually, … [Read more...]

Republican, Democrat or Partner?: How political differences can affect our relationships

A trend that I have been seeing as a society is that political arguments are at an all-time high. I see politically fueled arguments over social media, between friends, and between family members. As a Couple’s Counselor, I have also noticed that political differences can create a wedge between romantic partners. I am the third generation in my family to be in a relationship where … [Read more...]

Love Yourself! Self Care on Valentine’s Day

It’s almost that time of year again, and I’m not talking about spring break or tax season. That’s right, Valentine’s Day, the designated day of love, is right around the corner. Whether you feel excitement or sincerely dread the date of February 14th, Valentine’s Day is more than just an event to treat your romantic partner or to indulge in the oversized chocolate hearts at your local … [Read more...]

Disability Awareness

Do you have a disability? Do you know someone with a disability? Maybe you work with someone living with a disability. Or maybe you know someone who doesn’t understand what having a disability means. We often have misconceptions about other people’s knowledge, skills, and abilities, especially those of people with disabilities. How can we change this? Becoming aware of how a … [Read more...]

The Happier Holiday

Whichever winter holiday you choose to celebrate, we hope it all turns out like it always looks in the Coke commercials. Warm, happy, and nothing but family love 24-7! But we’ve heard rumor that not every day of the holidays is perfect for everyone and sometimes people are sad, stressed, lonely, worried or, well, a number of other unpleasant feelings. So we polled the CCD therapists to … [Read more...]

Questions to Ask a Potential Therapist

When looking for a therapist, it can be difficult to know how to find someone who will be a good fit. Knowing what to ask when initially contacting a therapist can help you determine if the therapist will meet your needs. This is important because the therapeutic relationship is a key, if not, THE key component to therapy. Whether you know what you are looking for in a therapist or … [Read more...]

Top 5 Things You Should Know About Domestic Violence

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As a therapist who has worked extensively with children and adults that have been affected by domestic violence, I felt it important to shed some light on this taboo subject. It is frequently referred to as a relationship issue, a secret, or private matter between partners. This is NOT the case- it is a crime and a societal issue … [Read more...]

Freshman Anxiety

As a therapist who specializes in adolescents it certainly is a challenge to help with anxiety, specifically freshman anxiety. This year is certainly unique for me because it not only impacts me professionally but also within my own house, as my oldest child will be a High School freshman this year. In teaching the co-parenting class at CCD I reinforce with parents that necessity of … [Read more...]

Not Christian Counseling

Last year I mentioned to a colleague that, in general, I don’t refer to therapists who identify themselves as “Christian Counselors” or as offering “Christian Counseling.” Without further discussion, he concluded my behavior was “arbitrary,” “a priori,” and “disturbing.” It’s certainly not the first two, but I thought I would explain and you can decide if it’s disturbing or … [Read more...]

Family Skills

When starting a family, parents rarely think of the “skills” they have (or don’t have) and how they want to teach these to their children. Like any relationship, it takes work to have a happy and healthy family unit. Family Skills like communication, conflict resolution, and emotion management all play a pivotal role in the relationship of two or more people living together. What … [Read more...]