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13 Sep

Always. There.

Always. There.   I recently flew to Portland, Oregon. What a beautiful place. So utterly different from Florida. Christmas Trees everywhere! Wineries dotting along the drive to the Coast. Humongous rocks jutting out of the Pacific. There is just something majestic about the West.   What does my trip have to do with mental illness […]

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12 Aug

Authenticity

Life is pretty tough sometimes. There are so many variables that we can’t control, and sometimes it feels like we screw up the ones we can. People know about the addiction, the job losses, the diagnosis, the anger. They don’t know about the internal world. They haven’t heard about the fear, the hurt, the greed, […]

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23 Jul

Growth

It is happening again. Those words in anger and frustration that tumble out of my mouth before I realize it, leaving those around me with jaws dropped .   I immediately feel shame.   I recognize I am in shame because of how my body responds; tight stomach, chest tight, wanting to run, lowered head, […]

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24 Jun

The Power of Story

Have you ever found yourself captivated by a good story?   I recently began watching the TV series Lost (years behind I know… better late than never right?). Immediately, I sensed, “this is going to be a good story.” It peaked my interest. Made me curious. Wondering and imagining how each person’s unique presence on […]

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1 Jun

The Power of Transition

About a year ago our counseling practice moved offices. Nothing major, just a few doors down from where our office used to be. I got to decorate my new office; paint the walls white, fill the room with plants, and pick out trendy new furniture. It was an upgrade for sure. I should have felt […]

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9 May

Consciousness

I exist as I am, that is enough. If no other in the world be aware I sit content, And if each and all be aware I sit content. One world is aware, and by far the largest to me, and that is myself. -Walt Whitman, from Leaves of Grass   Consciousness-the state of being awake […]

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3 May

Why Counseling?

Life. No one escapes without some kind of pain. Some seem to skirt by unscathed but this is only the appearance of things. You are not alone.   In my own life there was a time where life was just too much. I didn’t know how to keep going with the way things were. It […]

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3 May

When Mental Illness Barges In

I remember when mental illness invaded our happy home. It was like an unwanted, obnoxious guest moved in, uninvited and unannounced. That was in 2004, when our last child was entering his senior year in high school. Over the years, it’s been a tumultuous journey with some very low lows, but also significant times of […]

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