Small Steps Toward Positive Change

I believe that the “do one thing differently” technique works for a variety of client concerns. In my experience, this approach has been helpful in decreasing ruminating thoughts and defeating self-talk, improving self-esteem, breaking negative habits, increasing motivation, and...

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Heal with the Help of your Dog

Heal with the Help of your Dog: Does this sound odd to you? I’ve spent nearly two decades counseling others through emotional and situational issues. I happen to do this with a little help from my (furry) friends. Ludicrous?...

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Manage your Life More Effectively by Awakening to Each Moment

We’ve all missed intended freeway exits or bypassed whole paragraphs of the newspaper due to daydreaming. My thoughts typically get the best of me at bedtime: Shutting down my brain for sleep is sometimes challenging. This morning, after a restless...

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How to Not Miss Life’s Moments

An Invitation to Play As I type away at this month's newsletter, I happen to glance down from my keyboard to discover several pairs of eyes staring up at me. Oliver had - one by one - placed his toy animals...

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Beat the Heat: Effective Tips for Avoiding Anger​​​​​​

Summer is in full swing: We are out-and-about, going places, doing things, “mixing it up” with friends, family, and absolute strangers. Maintaining cooperative spirits while juggling vocations and vacations can be challenging. Navigating summer’s crowded sidewalks without stepping on...

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Confronting our definitions to expand our experiences

As Spring is in full bloom, I decided to look up what distinguishes weeds from flowers. As it turns out, there is only one determining factor: Appeal. The appeal can be locational: Clover is welcome in a flower box but...

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Reframe your Thoughts

September Get Fit Tip: Reframe for Results Dramatic stories explode from our laptops, newspapers, and television screens everyday. As this often-sensationalized onslaught is among us to stay, it's easy to grow accustomed to viewing life through fearful and/or critical eyes. Left unchecked,...

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The world is full of colorful perspectives – Draw upon them

Bill's Tip for June: Drawing on life's lessons As a child, I loved Harold and the Purple Crayon. I recently took a few minutes to revisit Harold after all these years and found a page-turner worth passing along. Crayon in hand,...

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Stepping out of assumptions to enjoy the playful possibilities with another

Bill's tip for August: Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer Many of you have felt the unconditional acceptance of Joey, the Therapeutic Assistive Animal that teams with me. However, my rough beginnings as Joey's guardian nearly cost me (and all...

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How “honor” is a state of living with graceful intentions

Bill's tip for July: "It's an Honor" Our Nation recently honored the anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. So, in the day or two since July 4, I've been contemplating the concept of honor: "Honoring" is a popular activity: We honor those...

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