Conflict

One sure-fire way to create stress is to mismanage conflict. One of my colleagues, a therapist named Jim, shared an interesting case. A teenage boy was referred for counseling by his school, because he was getting into fist… Read More

Stand Up For Yourself

One of my clients, a thirty-five year old gentleman, has talked about growing up in a crime and drug-infested neighborhood. “Even if you were just going to the park to play baseball, you never knew who might try… Read More

Anger, Part 3

“Always be kind, because everyone we meet may be struggling with something we know nothing about.” – Author not specified In parts 1 and 2 you may have read about anger, its nature and its sources. Now, a… Read More

Anger, Part 2

A client named “Al” was telling me that he was upset about a family situation. He had originally sought help, because his wife, “Sally”, was unhappy with him. By his own admission, he had made a long series… Read More

STRESS AND YOUR HEALTH

I am not a medical doctor, but even without that credential, I am happy to pass along information that you could easily look up for yourselves. My goal is to save you time and trouble in getting informed… Read More

Anger

In 2004 my colleagues and I began presenting a series of workshops for families in order to help them get along. Anger management was the subject of one of those workshops. And interestingly, we, the counselors, learned a… Read More

REVENGE

When asked for her occupation, a woman charged with a traffic violation said she was a schoolteacher. The judge rose from the bench and said, “ I’ve waited years for a schoolteacher to appear before this court,” “Now… Read More

Refusing To Accept Reality

You might know the old joke, “Denial is not just a river in Egypt”. A clever pun. But denial really can be a huge issue. To deny the existence of a problem only leads to more problems and… Read More

Staying On Track

Years ago I had a client who was an alcoholic. He was active in Alcoholics Anonymous, he kept a positive attitude and was doing well. But in one particular session he was clearly discouraged, because something very disappointing… Read More

Making Friends

Several years ago, a middle-aged couple came to see me. As often happens, it was the wife who insisted on seeing a counselor, against her husband’s wishes. Throughout their thirty-year marriage she had complained of feeling lonely, but… Read More