1. Can Animals Improve Your Mental Health?

    Since last summer I have gained another furry friend and am excited for our summer adventures. I adopted a puppy with Colorado Rescue Tails named Roxy. Through personal discovery, client’s stories, and some reading I have learned how therapeutic our pets can be. Pets can help with motivation for exercise, socializing, loneliness, and many other things. Many studies have shown a correlation with …Read More

  2. What is Self-Compassion and Why Should I Practice It?

    We have all heard about the importance of cultivating compassion for others (“Do to others as you would have them do to you”), but what about self-compassion? Compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Self-compassion is turning that lens toward oneself (rather than minimizing one’s…Read More

  3. 4 Key Ideas for Managing Relationships Over Text Messages

    In our current society, many young people (and lots of us old folks;) complete more and more communication via text messaging. Although this can seem efficient and time-saving, there are a few key ideas to keep in mind when managing relationships (friends, romantic partners, family members) over text messages… 1. Don’t overtext. Texting should not be your only form of communication. If you rea…Read More

  4. Feeding Your Soul and Your Family

    Often when I talk about Soul Care with clients, I use the analogy of a parent on an airplane needing to put on their oxygen mask before putting on their child’s. Soul Care is the same idea. As husbands, wives, moms and dads we need to be able to serve our families. In order to serve our families, we need have something left in the tank. Finding a weekly or even a daily activity that feeds your s…Read More

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Self Talk – Love Yourself And Others

    There are so many things on my mind these days, and I find that they range from relationships to self-care, my future to exercise… and nearly everything in between. Honestly, if I am not mindful they can begin to wear on me and load me down. How about you? Has your mind been busy lately as well? It amazes me that we can spend so much unnoticed time and energy just on thinking. And when I thin…Read More