How to Be Happier By Accepting More and Expecting Less

As we emerge from Covid quarantine, many of us are putting the “pedal-to-the-metal” in our pursuits of happiness. After all, with what we’ve endured, don’t we deserve a little light-hearted satisfaction? As in our pre-pandemic days, we’ll spend time and...

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How to Live a Purposeful Life

Earlier today, I opened a book that was gifted to me by my dear friend Sophie Butler. Where Will You Be Five Years from Today? is an interactive guide for readers looking to define and pursue inner-purpose. The book's theme of...

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21-Steps Toward Stronger Social Connections

We all receive inbox advice forwarded from friends and family members. My mother is my “email-fairy” in this regard – regularly sending me tidbits of wisdom, which she believes might prove helpful in my psychotherapy practice. Many of these...

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You’ve Made a Difference in My Life

The Spin Cyle of Life Have you ever unloaded clothes from the washer and been frustrated with how tangled they've become?  For many, "The 2020s" feel like an overloaded machine with twisted contents: we start our days with clear-intention but then...

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How To Make Appropriate Life Choices with Ease

Stop worrying about life choices Most of us worry about making appropriate decisions. Whether these choices are personal or professional, making the right strategic moves within an optimal time-frame can feel paramount to our well-being. Life is a series of decisions:...

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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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A Counselor’s Guide to Relationship Success

A Counselor's Guide to Relationship Success Bill Benson, LMFT, LPCC My mother once taught me the best way to make lifelong friends is through positive intention. Two of her catchphrases were: "It's not what you say, it's how you say it."...

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