The (not so) Great Escape

                                              You’ve got a monkey on your back.  He’s strung out on heroin.  She’s kicking from withdrawal.  I’m jonesing for a fix.  These common addiction reference phrases suggest the unshakeable hold of addiction.  […]

Embracing Love in All Its Forms

                                              In this time of harsh realities, polarizing themes and political opinions, and conflict in seemingly every corner of modern life, finding love is perhaps more important than ever before.  What does the image […]

Exploring the Self: It’s Not One-Dimensional

“Know thyself.”  It is such a simple, two-word sentence, but with infinite range and potential meaning.  Have you ever said something like, “A part of me wants to do this or that” or “A part of me feels like…”?  We all have multiple, perhaps infinite parts of ourselves, and I don’t mean in a multiple […]

Getting Out of Being Stuck

By Dr. Darlene Treese LPC, LMFT Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers;  it comes from being open to all the questions. ~ Earl Gray Stevens Think for a moment about those places where you are “stuck”.  Allow yourself to fully experience the uncertainty, the feeling of overwhelm or “not having all the […]

Do you have the patience…

“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?” -Lao Tzu  One of the guarantees in living is that I will be triggered by people, events, experiences. My path toward learning to assimilate these triggers into personal growth […]

I absolutely love this meme shared by @lizlistens from the Gottman Institute

Looking at it I find myself reflecting on how often, actually most often, I see that my couples feel overwhelmed, uncomfortable, and at a loss for words when their partner is deeply sharing a pain point in their life together. The instinct is to move on. To avoid revisiting painful memories. To lock them away […]

Self-Compassion and Consistent Habits- An Essential Pairing for Emotional Health

As I waited for my friends to arrive for my birthday weekend I reflected on the path that I’ve been on over the last two years. The truth is I had some rocky years after my divorce in 2012 and I kept finding myself back in a place of darkness and self-loathing. If you scroll […]

4 Steps and 5 Questions for Taking Control of Your Emotions

I talk to so many people who feel a sense of desperation and hopelessness on their path to emotional freedom. I feel so much hope for them. The story generally goes something like this; “Cindy I started practicing and applying the tools you gave me and I was feeling so much better….and then X happened […]

“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?”

“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?” -Lao Tzu One of the guarantees in living is that I will be triggered by people, events, experiences. My path toward learning to assimilate these triggers into personal growth […]

Dads and Discipline

ByDr. Darlene Treese “For the very true beginning of wisdom is discipline; and the core of discipline is love.” -Solomon One of the most common beliefs in our society is that it is necessary and desirable fordads to use their authority to control, direct and train their children. Dads are sometimesdesignated as the disciplinarian (“Wait […]

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