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Why Do I Need a Therapy Session Goal? Nov 22nd, 2020

Do you sometimes feel challenged to think of a goal when you are getting ready to start your therapy session? Well you’re not alone. Not all therapists have the expectation that their clients will have a session goal, but Satir therapists do. When I began my journey to becoming a...

From Chaos to Connection Oct 3rd, 2020

The idea that our human conflicts are damaging to us, and can--even must--be ended isn’t new. My personal favorite expression comes from Joni Mitchell’s song California: Sittin’ in a park in Paris, France, readin’ the news and it’s all bad. They won’t give peace a chance, that’s just a dream some...

We're Not on a Journey, We Are the Journey Sep 23rd, 2020

A few weeks ago I was honored to be invited to share the story of my journey to becoming a therapist and coach. This is the first time I've ever done an interview of this kind. Brandon Baker is a wonderfully warm and skilled interviewer, and I feel really fortunate...

What Do We Owe to Each Other? Aug 8th, 2020

For the past year or so I really enjoyed watching the series The Good Place. It’s funny, creative, thought provoking, human. And at its heart is exploration of the topic that Western philosophers began thinking about generations ago: what do we owe each other? It’s not a simple question. I believe...

Being the Real You in Every Moment Jul 26th, 2019

I’m a big fan of the Washington Post advice columnist, Carolyn Hax. She’s been writing her column for 22 years and doing a weekly, live chat as well. She even went through the major life transition of divorcing her first husband—who was, and still is, the cartoonist for her column—and...

It's Not What We Do That Matters, It's Who We Are Jul 15th, 2019

Photo credit: Pixabay from Pexels.com Have you ever heard this statement before? I’ve heard it a few times in my life, and I have generally found it to be a bit confounding. At the very least, I feel like it would make a great topic for a group discussion. That said,...

Children, and the Consequences of Failing Them Jul 10th, 2019

June 27, 2019’s Rolling Stone article has brought to our attention that children are still being kept in cages on our southern border, for the apparent “crime” of their own vulnerability. Quotes from migrant children—many quite young—obtained from one-on-one interviews by volunteer attorneys, express simply what it is like for them to...