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Connection: An Antidote to Polarization

Connection: An Antidote to Polarization

Last week, I wrote about the defining characteristics of polarization.  In short, this might include a pattern of thought that lends itself toward either/or thinking.  Examples might involve taking the stance that I am right and you are wrong; there is no...

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Polarization: A Psychological Perspective

Polarization: A Psychological Perspective

We’ve been hearing this term in the news lately, primarily related to politics.  As we watch the nightly news, we’re inundated with partisan politics that serve to drive us further and further apart until we are unable to hear and understand what the “other” is...

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International Mind-Body Wellness Day

International Mind-Body Wellness Day

Did you know that January 3 is International Mind-Body Wellness Day?  Me neither, but this is right up my alley!  There is strong evidence that mind and body are connected.  I know that positive attention to both mind and body will yield good results.  Unfortunately,...

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Empathy: A Primer for our Nation

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.  Sounds simple, right? In fact, 98% of the population can empathize with others so yes, this is a fairly easy was of connecting with others.  But what does this mean, really?  To really...

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How Do I Know if I “Have” White Privilege?

The short answer?  If your skin is light enough that you could pass for white than you will likely be treated differently than if you don’t.  But it’s so much more complicated than that.  Privilege is defined as “a special right, advantage or immunity granted or...

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I’m getting a jump on my New Years Resolution!

Just kidding... I don't typically MAKE New Year's Resolutions; but if I did, I'd be doing what I'm doing right now!  For those of you who don't know me, I'm a psychotherapist who's been in private practice for over 20 years.  I've previously been affiliated with a...

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Perspectives in Counseling

What is it that you find most difficult about committing to the process of psychotherapy?  There’s usually some degree of fear – fear of the unknown, fear of what you’ll discover, fear of change.  But sometimes the most troublesome part of seeking therapy is the fear...

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Happiness….

There are different points throughout life where we reflect on the path we've been on and the path we're headed.  Sometimes it's smooth sailing and sometimes it's so bumpy we wonder if  we're going to bounce right off!  At some point, we'll reach a fork in the road...

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Seasons Change….

As we transition into summer, I'm happy and energized.... I love what summer has to offer!  Warm weather, green landscape all around, flowers and BBQ's, pools and friends.  All wonderful reminders of life and growth. And so it goes with life.  Much like the changing...

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Would you rather…..

Would you rather... be healthy and vibrant or suffer from a chronic illness. Well, THAT's a no-brainer! Of course you want to be healthy and vibrant! But the reality is that millions of people are diagnosed with heart disease, asthma, depression and/or cancer EVERY...

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Once again…

Boston marathon. These words used to bring images of health, vitality, excitement, achievement. Once again, we are now met with words and images of the carnage and destruction that has rocked our world. I can't believe that, once again, we are struggling to understand...

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Spring Snow…

What a treacherous ride home last night! Here in the Metro Denver area of Colorado, we were hit with up to 10" of wet, messy snow. Roads were slippery and traffic was slow and tedious. As I finally reached my destination and breathed a sigh of relief, I had to admit...

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“Help!” he cried.

I was walking my dog today when I noticed there was a man lying on the sidewalk ahead of me. "Help!" he cried. He had slipped on ice and seriously broken his ankle. He was in such pain that we had to call the paramedics to stabilize his ankle and take him to the...

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New Years Resolution

This morning, as I was driving to work, I caught myself glancing in the rearview mirror to assess what was going on behind me. I noticed that, at some points, I focused on the traffic in front of me. Other times, I'd put more attention on what was going on behind...

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