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How to Forgive

August 30th, 2017

In my business it’s pretty common to hear “I forgave her but I’m never going to forget,” or, “I’m a [insert religion of choice] and so I HAVE to forgive him/her.” My favorite, “Forgive your brother right now!” is one … Continue reading

What Makes a GOOD Apology?

August 17th, 2017

Apologies and forgiveness are two terms we (humans) tend to throw around quite a bit. What makes a good apology? Most of us know how it feels when we receive a sincere one, but it can be tough to explain … Continue reading

Overcoming Defiant Behavior: Keys to Parenting Defiant Teens

November 6th, 2016

Blog post by Achievebalance.org therapist Jason Davis MA, LPC (read post on Jason’s website here) After a long day at work or running errands, you finally are able to come home. Is your teen an expert at pressing your buttons? Do you … Continue reading

Take Your ADD/ADHD to College

August 20th, 2016

  Sending a child with ADD/ADHD off to college can be challenging. For the last eighteen years you have been responsible for finding the services she needed to manage ADHD and succeed in school.  If she took medication or had … Continue reading

Top 10 Ways Elementary-Age Children Transition Back to School

July 30th, 2016

About this time of year conversations among parents of school-age children begin to change. Talk turns from summer camp to school-ready bedtime rituals, mosquito repellant to earth-friendly lunch containers, and shopping for swimsuits to shopping for school supplies. Not to … Continue reading

What is a Boundary Anyway?

January 22nd, 2016

      Good boundaries are a part of any good relationship. In fact, a relationship without boundaries will almost always have other symptoms: violence, emotional arguments, infidelity, addiction, emotional cutoffs, or debilitating enabling. The problem with boundaries? They can … Continue reading

What Does Feeling Better Look Like?

January 12th, 2016

What does ‘feeling better’ look like? You probably don’t have to ask yourself that question when you have physical pain. When you have a pounding toothache, you Google ‘dentist in my town,’ or you phone your friends and ask who … Continue reading

Infidelity: A Blueprint for Recovery Part 3 – Apologizer versus Rebuilder

November 23rd, 2015

In the last blog, I talked about triggers and grief, especially over the holidays. Emotions can be surprisingly intense due to the anniversary effect and the pressure to have a ‘perfect’ holiday for family and in-laws despite the disharmony. The … Continue reading

Infidelity: A Blueprint for Recovery Part 2 – Taking infidelity recovery into the holiday season and dealing with grief, trauma, and triggers

November 16th, 2015

In my last blog, I talked about a blueprint for recovery for couples surviving betrayal, infidelity, and cheating. I explained that the *betrayed spouse’s reaction to The Discovery, or revelation, of sexual, emotional, or financial infidelity could be compared to, … Continue reading

Infidelity: A Blueprint for Recovery Part 1 – The Why

September 30th, 2015

So what exactly is a blueprint for recovery when it comes to betrayal, infidelity, and cheating? It might help to look at traditional marriage counseling and make a comparison. Traditional marriage counseling, when infidelity is not involved, means the therapist … Continue reading

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