The Subtle Art of Listening: It’s NOT About the Nail

Listening is a subtle art. Has this ever happened to you? Your spouse is expressing a concern, then all of the sudden you are told that you are NOT actually listening, and now you just started a fight. Sound familiar? If so, then you are not alone. Watch this quick … Read More

How to be a Man: Messages on Masculinity- Part Three

Many aspects of our society influence the definition of masculinity. In this third part of our series on Messages on Masculinity, we will examine how schools shape ideas about masculinity through educators and coaches, as presented in the documentary The Mask You Live In. According to sociologist and educator Dr. Pedro … Read More

Emotional Pain: Obstacle or Opportunity?

A natural response to emotional pain for many people (myself included) is to resist or avoid it. This makes sense because emotional pain can feel overwhelming. Predictably, many view emotional pain as an obstacle. For some, exploring difficult painful emotions can feel like a trap. Often with physical pain, we … Read More

What’s So Relatable About Batman?

If for some reason you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of superhero movies being made these days. Before superhero movies became so popular, the most iconic and successful superhero movies were the Batman films. Also, Batman is my favorite character and I have seen the movies more times that … Read More

Why Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum Need Care Too

For parents with a child on the autism spectrum, it is often valuable to seek out and prioritize services such as ABA, OT, and Speech Therapy for their child. In my experience working with families, supports like these are essential for children on the spectrum. These services come at a … Read More

Feeling Burned Out? Have You Checked Your Warning Light?

I often ask clients, “Would you rather fill your gas tank before or after you run out of fuel?” Predictably, most say they would rather fill the tank before it is empty. This works with a car, but when we are getting burned out, our bodies communicate similarly to a … Read More

How To Be A Man: Messages on Masculinity- Part 1

The message, “Be a man” or “Man up” is the source of great shame for many men and boys. This message often keeps men trapped from being who they really are, and it maintains feelings of isolation. This idea of masculinity is socially regulated by parents, educators, coaches, peers, and … Read More

Perceptions: The Real Reasons for Couples Getting Stuck

In my work with couples, the most common issue I hear in my office is that they want to work on their communication. Understandably, couples sometimes cannot figure out why they are having trouble communicating or repeating the same arguments over and over. This cycle frequently keeps the couple feeling … Read More