UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD

Wikipedia describes unconditional positive regard, or UPR, (a term coined by humanist Psychologist Carl Rogers) as “blanket acceptance and support of a person, regardless of what the person says or does.” Now you may be thinking to yourself something along the lines of, “Oh, you can’t really do that. You have to have some judgments […]

A LESSON LEARNED IS NOT A LESSON LIVED

I attended Catholic schools for middle and high school and feel immensely grateful and privileged for everything that they exposed me to. It was from those environments that I learned how to recognize right from wrong (and how much more I enjoyed wrong), the importance of appreciation, and that maybe all that matters in life […]

WHEN PARENTS DIVORCE

Nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce these days and according to the Associated Press, Florida has one of the higher rates in the country.Parents invariably divorce for a multitude of reasons, but their ultimate goal is to create a happier, healthier life for themselves and their children.What parents often overlook is that their actions […]

A CHALLENGE FOR GRACE

Through my work as a counselor at Life Skills Resource Group in Orlando, I have become aware of themes that seem to present themselves repeatedly in peoples’ lives, including my own. One of those themes could be called, ‘What we think other people should be for us’. Human relations theorists suggest that every person is […]

MEMORIAL DAY THOUGHTS

Memorial Day weekend is upon us. For some of us it means a weekend at the beach. Going to barbeque and picnics with friends and families. Unfortunately, for many American families Memorial Day can bring on the grief of the loss of a loved one who was in the military. These men and women have […]

AUTISM and “DISENFRANCHISED GRIEF”

Being a teacher and a counselor of children on the Autism Spectrum in Orlando, I have had the opportunity and the honor to work with some very brave and wonderful families. I have noticed over the years that one thing rings true among the families that I work with when they first come to see […]

NO MAN IS AN ISLAND

One valuable lesson that I have learned in my life is that people often carry burdens that are comfortingly similar to the struggles that other people have survived. Deep and indescribable discontent; disconnectedness with the people around you; love and lovelessness; lack of direction and desire for meaning; these feelings, along with their inverses, are […]

I HAVE A BABY …… NOW WHAT?

It seems like many of my friends are pregnant or new parents. Pregnancy is an exciting time, where you have so many wishes and dreams for your child. You imagine how they will be as adults, and what kind of people they will become. In those moments, you don’t generally imagine arguing with your child […]

VIEWPOINTS

As a counselor at Life Skills Resource Group in Orlando, I meet many people and hear lots of different perspectives expressed, especially about the rightness or wrongness of others.When I was a young girl, I used to listen to adult conversations around me.I heard lots of judging and criticizing in those conversations.Often, it seems, people […]

KIDS HAVE STRESS TOO ……

As an Orlando counselor I often meet with children who are experiencing stress and anxiety. Counseling Today, an American Counseling Association publication, in its March 2010 issue addressed the topic of stress and kids. According to recent data from the American Psychological Association (APA), many parents aren’t aware of what’s keeping their kids up at […]

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