Team-building Toward Win-Win Relationships

A Counselor's Guide to Relationship Success Bill Benson, LMFT, LPCC Growing up, my mother taught me the best way to make friends was through a positive attitude. Two of her favorite sayings were: "It's not what you say, it's how you...

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Seeing Conversations Clearly

Have you ever decided to look through a window but instead focused on your reflection? It's a popular paradox: We know the benefits of paying attention to others, yet our social interactions often become exercises in self-absorption. Yacky-Yack Most of us...

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How to Silence Your Inner-Critic

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How to Work With, Not Against, Stress

Stress for Success For years, health care professionals (including many therapists) have advised their patients to live as stress-free as possible. They've cautioned: "Stress kills." Recent findings, however, indicate stress is not the lethal culprit we once thought it to be....

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Pandemic Panic – Stopping It in Its Tracks: A Psychotherapist’s Approach

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Creating New Year’s Resolutions That Work For All Of Us

It's not only a New Year but a New Decade: Even-more reason to be out with the old and in with the new- New Year’s Resolutions are part of this hoopla - and can be effective mapping strategies for inspiring...

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Psychology Blog: How to be Intentionally Kind

Thanks. Giving. There’s now a company that can input your age, gender, and health specifics and then accurately predicts your longevity. The data is programmed into a smartwatch to assist you in counting down the years, weeks, and days until...

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The Power-lines of Better Communication

Have you ever noticed how people treat each other differently during emergencies: how we pull together when chaos looms? It’s as if we suddenly give ourselves permission to abide by a more humanitarian set of rules that creates better communication and gets...

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Psychology Blog: Individuality the Marie Kondo Way

I enjoy Netflix's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. I love how keeping a household item is determined on this show by the "joy" it currently sparks in its owner. I also appreciate Marie's insistence that dishes, dresses, and dungarees...

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Sensibility: Freedom Begins Within

My mother's family tree is firmly rooted in Alabama's red-clay landscape. Because of her upbringing, my formative years were similarly grounded in a deeply Southern sensibility - a perception many experienced for the first time while paging through To Kill a...

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