What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional Intelligence as a psychological theory was originally developed by Peter Salovey and John Mayer. They described it as “the ability to perceive emotions, to access and generate emotions so as to assist thought, to understand emotions and emotional knowledge, and to reflectively regulate emotions so as to promote emotional … Read More

The Skill of Apologizing- Part Two

For part one of this series, click here. Most of us learn how to apologize when we are young, from the people who raised us. We can imitate, do the opposite, or craft our own way of offering an apology. It’s important to note that apologizing for your wrongs is an opportunity for you to affirm the … Read More

What Are ACE Scores?

ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences, a questionnaire created through a study done by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) along with Kaiser Permanente. ACE scores tally three different types of experiences: abuse, neglect, and dysfunction within the household, experienced before the age of 18. The original ACE study noted … Read More

How Will Infidelity Affect Our Relationship? – Part One

“How will infidelity affect our relationship?” This is probably the second most common question I get asked by couples as a Marriage Therapist, right behind, “How long will it take to get better?” My responses may vary greatly, depending on each couple’s unique circumstances. Infidelity is often complex, and the … Read More

Common Misconceptions About Binge Eating Disorder

Millions of people struggle with Binge Eating Disorder (BED), which is actually the most common eating disorder in America. BED is a serious and potentially dangerous mental health condition. One of the best ways to help those struggling with BED is to better understand it. Here are several common misconceptions … Read More

Graduation Blues

Transitional times can create a lot of mixed feelings. Whenever something comes to an end, it can cause excitement, anticipation, anxiety, nostalgia, or sadness. You may be feeling excited to have a fresh start, or leave behind the aspects of your school that you did not like. If you are … Read More

Collaborating Care with Veteran Organizations

There are many local veteran organizations in each state. There are large ones, and there are others that are smaller, but create just as much value for our veterans. As Bren Briggs, a veteran and founder of The Eden Project says: “No one knows veterans like other veterans. This is … Read More

What Can Parents Learn from the “Momo Challenge” Hoax?

This past week, social media was flooded with warnings to parents and caregivers about the “Momo Challenge.” This challenge has been described as a “suicide game” and reportedly utilizes shocking imagery and hidden messaging to encourage kids to harm themselves. Local schools sent notifications home to parents to address the … Read More

Trauma & EMDR- Part Five

The fact that traumatic experiences are encoded and stored differently in the brain explains why we can sometimes know things intellectually (in our head, in our logical brain), but we feel something entirely different (in our sensory responses and in our emotional brain). We may know intellectually that a person … Read More