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How is Your Time Management?

We all ask ourselves, where did the time go?  With jobs, children and other activities, many of us never seem to have enough time to plan or to simply to get a breather so we can figure out the next steps in our busy lives.  Finding that smidgen of time to get our bearing on the upcoming day is often…

When Memory Fails Us

We all have memories of events that have seared our consciousness, so much so that we truly believe what we saw or experienced is exactly the way it was.  Or maybe not.  Just listen to the retelling of a family story each holiday gathering and you understand that by the time you’ve heard that story many times, it changes, it’s…

Win Some, Lose Some

We’ve all heard, and experienced, winning and losing.  Is winning everything or is being a “good” loser equally important?  Some of us take it better than others and move on while others, not so much.  And many of us have been to local sports events, rooting for our kid’s team and witnessing “bad” losers both on the field or court…

Give Yourself a Happiness Makeover

  What does it take to be happy?  How we define happiness is as individual as the over 7 billion people on the planet.  But we were intrigued by the recent research and the article by Dan Buettner, Give Yourself a Happiness Makeover, we found in the recent issue of  AARP Magazine.

Tray of Togetherness…A Chinese New Year Tradition to Share With Your Family

February 9, 2013 by Janelle Novell, LMFT, RPT-S When I am counseling with children and families, I often incorporate a variety of multi-cultural traditions into expressive play and art experiences.  After all it is a multi-cultural world, and kids with open hearts and open minds have the best chance of finding success and happiness.  These activities can give new perspective…

What is Courage?

There are many definitions of courage ranging from Ernest Hemingway’s famous quote, “Courage is grace under pressure” to awarding medals to soldiers for bravery under fire.  That’s why we were inspired to share the story of Bobby McMullen from Northern California

Feeling Overwhelmed?

In today’s fast paced world, we all feel overwhelmed at one time or the other.  And sometimes those feelings so overpower us, we don’t know which way is up.

What’s Your Communication Style?

January 31, 2013 By Jarvis Johnson, LMFT It is essential in relationships to keep the lines of communication clear or problems are likely to build up and get worse, particularly if ignored or used as the excuse to attack or blame the ones you love. 

Play Therapy Opens the Door

We just received an issue of the California State University East Bay Magazine, which had an article, Toys Talk When Kids Can’t, about the university’s Play Therapy training for graduate students earning degrees in counseling.  We think this training is importantand after reading this article

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