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There is a strong connection between self-defeating beliefs and one’s functioning and happiness in life. Take this questionnaire to uncover your self-defeating beliefs.

Many people come to me for counseling and ask about medication for their “chemical imbalance.” Although there certainly are situations when there is a true chemical imbalance, most people who suffer from depression, sadness, the blues, or anxiety are perfectly normal. If their problems were suddenly to disappear: suppose someone depressed over money problems were

Counseling for young children, otherwise known as play therapy takes into account the way children communicate. Adults come to counseling, sit down and talk, but young children aren’t skilled in using words to express themselves. They show their feelings and thoughts through play. Various techniques to help children communicate include using dolls of various ages

Marriage counseling is different from other kinds of counseling and not all counselors are well trained or effective in it. People often feel that they are going to the counselor to “tell on” the other person. They expect the counselor to listen while they list their complaints about their partner, often going back many years.

Counseling should be like going to a dentist. It’s healthy for everyone to get occasional help. Movie stars are known for going to counseling, as are many other wealthy people. However, counseling is now affordable for everyone and laws in the past years have required insurance companies to pay for unlimited sessions. Even counselors go

The DSM 5 is the psychiatrist’s “bible” used to describe and diagnose disorders. Disorders are separated into numerous categories of illnesses such as depression, anxiety, though disorders, and personality disorders. There are three groups of personality disorders. Over the next few blogs I will be discussing a variety of personality disorders that counselors may see.

Lawrence had it with his teenaged son. The boy had a filthy room and no matter what he did, the boy refused to clean his room. It wasn’t just a little messy, no this room was so dirty that you’d think you had walked into a gym locker room. The smell from his shoes alone

When cars, such as the model T, were new there was a rich man in town who bought a deluxe, stretch limousine. While in his car, he went down Main Street waving to all the people. He waved to people in front of him, to both sides, and then he turned around and waved to

Alcohol Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are well known programs, and some people swear by their success, but many others find that they aren’t helpful. These programs were developed from a religious based program and depend a great deal on believing that God will heal you rather than empowering you to heal yourself. Second,

The idea behind Cognitive-Behavioral therapy is simple. Your thoughts control your emotions and if you allow them, your emotions will control your thoughts. You decide within yourself if you feel good, happy, anxious or depressed. This was one of many similar theories developed over the years. The author of Cognitive-Behavioral therapy was Albert Ellis. Ellis