1. Being Present In Changing Seasons

    Each year, as the summer winds down, I usually find myself saying, "Boy the summer sure went by fast!" If you have kids, this feels especially true. But, no matter what, when the temperature cools down and we get a little less sun each day, we have to say goodbye to what just was and welcome what's to come. A change of seasons and change, in general, can draw up past disappointments and natural fe…Read More

  2. Do Something You Love

    When we are under stress or experiencing difficulties one of the first things to go is caring for ourselves. We especially struggle with giving ourselves permission to do things we enjoy. It becomes difficult to love ourselves when we feel like it's not reflected in the world or relationships around us. As though our worth is dependent on our circumstances: "I can only be ok if everything/everyone…Read More

  3. Be Strong

    "Be brave strong and courageous; seek adventure and truth, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 My wife put this verse up in our son's bedroom. I honestly had never heard it before, but I love it. I am moved by how empowering it is to hear, and know, that God desires for us to live confidently and in the freedom of knowing he loves us. Often our past experiences or…Read More

  4. Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

    As a therapist, my approach is somewhat eclectic, however, I draw a great deal from, and have been trained in, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT helps with exploring our thought life and underlying beliefs about ourselves. This aids in better understanding distressful emotions and changing undesirable recurring behaviors. There may be times when our immediate thoughts discount other possibil…Read More

  5. ‘Tis The Season For Taking A Deep Breath

    “You have listened to fears, child,” said Aslan. “Come, let me breathe on you. Forget them. Are you brave again?” C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian I recently came across this quote and I lost my breath a little. I was startled by the truth that fear doesn’t stand a chance against Alsan. At the same time I realized how fear plays a significant role in ours lives. It can especially get…Read More

  6. The Gift of Limits

    It’s a long story of which I will not write about now, but I got back in to playing football. For two full seasons I have played semi-pro/minor league football. Until recently, I have been fortunate to have never suffered a severe physical injury. I naturally took for granted seemingly unlimited possibilities of the human body. However, the inevitable happened, I got injured. When I discove…Read More

  7. A Father, a Brother and a Son

    Are you connected? No, not connected to the internet, your phone, computer or T.V. But are you connected to the relationships that matter most in your life? Are you connected to the relationships that you need most in life? Our culture has been thrust into disconnection from relationships and connection with inanimate objects. On a daily basis; how many of us get lost staring at our phones…Read More

  8. Summer is here! Get your garden on!

    The summer season brings many opportunities to get outside and be active. It also isn’t too late to start a garden! There is nothing quite as calming and peaceful as gardening. If you have ever gardened before, you know the feeling of just being present with what needs to be tended to that day. There is just something miraculous about getting our hands in the dirt and actively participating with…Read More

  9. We Have Three Brains, Not One!

    That's right, we actually have three brains! The Primal, Limbic and Neocortex: these three brains work together, as one, to keep us alive. Each has a very distinct role and function, working interdependently to help us survive. I first learned of the Triune Brian when I was working for a non-profit, which specialized in helping at risk youth. I was a young counselor and became overwhelmed by how s…Read More

  10. Affirmation – The Sustainable Fuel

    Parents often ask me how to “motivate” their kids. They try incentives, consequences, threats, but few try affirmation. Parents tend to shy away from affirming their children out of fear of two perceived consequences. The first fear is parents believe if they affirm their children they are communicating that they are approving of everything their children are doing (and they don’t want to do…Read More