1. 5 Ways to Support Your Daughter’s Healthy Body Image

    5 Ways to Support Your Daughter’s Healthy Body Image: Once the new school supplies have been purchased, the new teachers have been identified and the new classrooms have been located; let’s remember that our kids are still navigating some tough stuff in their everyday lives and in the halls of their school buildings. Although I work with females on reconstructing healthy body image on a regula…Read More

  2. Expectations vs. Acceptance

    I recently went on a backpacking trip with my dad and brother. We had talked about the trip for the last six months. The trip was a celebration of my dad’s 60th birthday. We had all the necessary ingredients for a successful trip: maps, fly rods, tobacco pipes and some of Jack’s finest bourbon. Well, the trip did not have the start I had expected. We had to change our route the day of because …Read More

  3. Facing your fears

    We all have fears. We all try and manage them to some degree, and some of us are more able to keep them from interfering with our lives while others of us can feel downright crippled. Fear seems to take on this larger-than-life role that has a sole purpose of stopping or preventing what we are about to do when it doesn’t feel safe. This leaves us with a sense of having limited options in terms o…Read More

  4. INTIMACY: KNOWING AND BEING KNOWN

    We often hear from individuals as well as many couples that the level of INTIMACY in their marriage has dissipated over time. This is obviously troubling to any committed spouse, especially since an overall desire for closeness and connectedness is one of the main reasons we marry in the first place. So in light of the fact that so many couples are yearning for intimacy, yet missing out on that ve…Read More

  5. Challenge : Seek the sun!

    During each season change in Colorado I find myself excited for new weather, new clothes, and new outdoor activities. The outdoors can both provide me with peace and solitude as well as my favorite playground with friends. One of the amazing things about Colorado is the amount of sunshine we get; especially this time of year. I have heard Colorado sees about 300 days of sunshine a year. Sunlight c…Read More

  6. Fight or Flight in Communication…

    Most of us do not enjoy having our flaws or errors pointed out by others.  Yet, its amazing how poor our approach can often be to raise an issue with others that may be uncomfortable to hear.  In fact, too often we will approach a friend or a loved one to tell them something they did wrong (or did to wrong us) and effectively demand that they acknowledge their error right that second!  This may…Read More

  7. The Marital Mirror

    I remember those first couple years of marriage and how challenging it was to have someone so close to me giving me feedback or criticism on a daily basis.  Up until that point of my life there hadn’t been anyone that knew me like my wife did/does or had the opportunity to voice their opinion of me so frequently.  It was during those first years that I coined the phrase, “The Marital Mirror.…Read More

  8. “Supposed To”

    Each of us are running our own race. We have a path set out before us that has mountains and valleys and everything in between. We are surrounded by distractions and busyness that keeps our mind racing toward what is next. Often times, the words that appear are “supposed to”. They can be used as a way to put unrealistic expectations on ourselves or others. They can also be used to describe how…Read More

  9. Waiting on Wilderness

    Different circumstances/reasons wilderness seasons exist in our lives... Disappointment Failure Death (friend or loved one or pet) Loss (job, relationship, home, possessions) Divorce Life transitions (starting school, leaving home, marriage, first child, end of childrearing, widowhood) Chronic pain Attachment wounds Head injury Infertility Car accident Trauma to a loved one Extended illness Grief …Read More

  10. Some Insights Into Self-harming Behaviors

    On a regular basis, I am presented with folks who are bewildered when faced with a loved ones self-harming behaviors.  “Why would they do this to themselves?”  “Why won’t they just stop?” “This type of behavior just doesn’t make any sense!”  These are all questions and exclamations I hear on a regular basis.  Thus, I would like to attempt to provide a bit of insight into what s…Read More