1. The Best Parenting Advice I Can Give

    It wasn’t the first party I had been to. In fact, I had been to lots of parties before this one. But this is the first one I drank at. It had all the necessary ingredients for youthful adventure and stupidity: Lots of unsupervised teenagers, miles of forest, a bond fire, bb guns, and of course a keg. This was the last day of school for the year and the celebration was a classic campout party i…Read More

  2. Your best Marriage

    Valentines Day has come and gone. Perhaps you had a wonderful hallmark-level evening filled with rose petals and chocolate, or perhaps yours reflected a bit more reality that may have included sick kids, busy work schedules, sports practices and total exhaustion. Maybe you think it’s just a silly holiday and you spend everyday making sure your valentine is fully appreciated or something like tha…Read More

  3. Gratitude’s Core Is Practice

    Gratitude is a guide to happiness. We all have so many things we can express gratitude for when we are asked directly; but typically the things we want to change or the things we don’t like remain on the forefront of our minds. Of course this thought pattern will lead to a more negative mindset. We have all heard that practicing something is what makes you better; and two key components are bein…Read More

  4. Why Does Taking Care Of Your Trauma Matter?

    Today, I am going to speak about trauma. It’s tricky; you know? Trauma is one of those things that people, generally, want to forget (individually and as a society). However, although it is not an easy or popular topic, it is significant.   According to sidran.org (online resource(s) for survivors and loved ones of PTSD), “an estimated 70% of adults in the US have experienced a traumatic eve…Read More

  5. Bree Emery Shares Her Favorite Quotes

    This blog is going to be a bit unorthodox.  In the midst of an intense time for girls, women and all people of this land, I am going to use the words of others to share some insights because, as Neitzsche once said in The Twilight of Idols, “That for which we find words is something already dead in our hearts.” “What a woman needs is not as a woman to act or rule, but as a nature to grow, a…Read More

  6. An Open Note From A Daughter To Mothers

    I had a pull to write a blog about the relationship between mothers and daughters for a long time but always pushed it aside because I honestly only know half the relationship personally. I am a daughter to a great mother who has done everything should could to brighten my future and help me to have a fulfilling life. Through that relationship I have learned so much. I want to share things I crave…Read More

  7. ATTENTION WIVES!!!

    It might seem a bit risky in our current culture for a male therapist to “call out” females (wives) on a particular behavior, but please give me just a few minutes to explain?  Ladies, are you finding yourself frustrated by how unresponsive your husband is in your interactions? Or are you frequently disappointed with his harsh reactions when you approach him?  Here is the latest research on …Read More

  8. 5 Things to include on the Back-to-School List

    The lists are out, the shelves are stocked and it is nearing the beginning of another school year. For some, you may be shocked to see that your child went up not one but two shoe sizes, or their jeans suddenly became capris over the summer and you aren’t quite sure how that happened! With all of the school supplies and clothes you are setting out to get, I thought it might be a good idea for us…Read More

  9. 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

  10. 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