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Lessons from Spring

By Hazel Field Melmed, LCSW  A recent “Time Magazine” cover story explained the value of “mindfulness”, and they described the health benefits that come from being “in the moment.” In thinking about this important state of mind, it occurred to......
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Grow Old With Me…

by Marta Oko-Riebau, MA Grow old along with me… Two branches of one tree… Face the setting sun when the day is done… This is a beautiful vision of a relationship that lasts until the end, presented by John Lennon in his......
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Lost at Sea…

By Lorraine Lipson, LPC For over a month now, the tragedy of Malaysia Flight 370 has been intensively covered in the media. Such awful events can create a myriad of fears and feelings. Do you remember where you were when you......
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Revisiting Stress Management Decoded

This last week has been filled with family obligations, work deadlines, new opportunities, and not enough down time. And… it’s not because I have been forced to do things that I didn’t want to be involved in, quite the contrary,......
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Is Pink the New Blue?

By Lisa Taggart, MA Candidate Is Pink the New Blue? I attended a baby shower recently, thinking that the theme of the shower was the baby.  Actually, it wasn’t.  The theme was about gender.  The parents had chosen to learn......
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Refeathering Your Nest: Rethinking “The Empty Nest Syndrome”

By Michele Battle, MA, NCC I never liked the term “Empty Nest”. To me, it sounded like a bleak, hollow place where youth and laughter once reverberated. Then suddenly, the children leave, and only silence and the prospect of aging......
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Dazed and Confused… Daylight Savings Time

by Dawn Goers, MA  As I was lying in bed earlier this week, before the sun came up, I began lamenting the idea of getting out of bed while it was still dark, and for a brief moment I got......
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4 Ways to Get Rid of Your Therapist

by Kirk Johnson, MA, LPC, LAC The other day I was sitting down having lunch with my colleagues, and they asked me how I was doing. I thought about it for a few moments and then replied, “I’m doing fantastic.”......
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What Brings People to Counseling?

Claudia Gray, MA, LPC discusses reasons her clients seek therapy. Claudia also identifies some of the common roadblocks to mental health and how she helps clients overcome them. Claudia Gray, MA, LPC is a therapist who works with adults both......
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Why Don’t They Do Something?

by Chris Lewis Ed.S., LPC These are just three tragic news stories I have heard this week: Eight Douglas County, Colorado, teenage students have ended their own young lives within the past few months. Across Colorado, more than 100 people......
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Counseling Q&A: So My Favorite Team Just Tanked and I’m Bummed — What Can Counseling Do For Me?

by Chris Lewis Ed.S., LPC Regarding the team part — get in line. Regarding the counseling part – if you truly are depressed or anxious; stressed out about life, work, family, school; having problems with your relationships; or even if......
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“Once Upon a Time…”- A few words on the function of fairy tales in learning about the world

by Marta Oko-Riebau, MA “Fairy tales to me are never happy, sweet stories. They’re moral stories about overcoming the dark side and the bad.” – Joe Wright As a young child I used to love to hear dark stories. Happy,......
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It’s Not Just About the Food: Struggles and Recovery from an Eating Disorder

by Laura Pentoney, MA, LPC While walking in my neighborhood, I saw a young woman jogging by. I often see joggers running along by themselves, with their friends, or with their dogs, but what made this young woman stand out......
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Peyton Manning, the Broncos, and Success

by Lisa Ransford, LPC, CAC II I consider myself a diehard Broncos fan – as long as the games don’t get in the way of shopping! But seriously, I love spending Sunday afternoons with family and friends as we enjoy......
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Change…and I’m not talking about the coins in your pocket.

by Kirk Johnson, MA, LPC, LAC “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu “Life......
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In memory of Claire Davis: “’Twas the night before Christmas….

by Lisa Ransford, LPC, CAC II …and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” As I prepared to write a blog post this week, my topic was going to be about tradition, particularly those traditions......
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Beat the Holiday Blues

If you’re feeling sad or depressed while everyone else around you seems to be singing along to Christmas carols, excitedly buying presents, or planning for the holiday party at work, you aren’t alone. It’s not unusual to feel this way......
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Co-Parenting Alone: How To Co-Parent Well Even If Your Ex Won’t Cooperate

by Chris Lewis, Ed.S., LPC You have read all the co-parenting how-to books. You’ve got your co-parenting plan written in detail and your weekly update phone call with your ex scripted, even with a Plan B just in case he......
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Co-Parenting Threat Assessment 101: Or How To Stop Living On Red Alert

by Chris Lewis, Ed.S., LPC I never thought I would be making a comparison between my dogs and Homeland Security, but here I am. Never say never. This is just my opinion, and granted the U.S. has just abandoned its......
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“I Didn’t Ask To Be Born, You Know!”

by Chris Lewis, Ed.S., LPC How many of you parents heard a little voice something like this somewhere in the vicinity of 9 1/2 to 10 months before you had your child: Voice: Hey! Hey you! You! Up there! Pssssst.......
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Strategies for Parenting an Emerging Adult: They did WHAT? (Part Three)

by Elizabeth M. Klaers, MSW, LSW In part one, we considered traits that are common during emerging adulthood. In part two, I gave 6 tips that can help parents navigate this transition. You just found out your emerging young adult......
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Emotional Reactivity and Withdrawal: How Partners’ Brains Interact with Each Other, for Better or Worse

by Aleisha Maunu, MA, LMFT, LAC Think about a time when you were with someone you care about and you became angry. We all have experienced it: where time seems to stand still, we are not thinking clearly, or seemingly not......
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The Choice of Gratitude

by Chris Lewis Ed.S., LPC I was walking in a local park this morning, one of those really beautiful ones surrounded by gorgeous older houses with landscaped lawns and gardens. I was imagining life inside one of those homes, the......
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Losing a Pet: Coping with a Powerful Grief

by Joel Silverman, MA, LPC About six months ago my wife and I had to make the agonizing decision to euthanize Remy, our 11 year old Irish Setter. Remy was a gentle giant with long legs and the most loving......
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Strategies for Parenting Emerging Adults: 6 Parenting Tips that will Change Everything (Part Two)

by Elizabeth M. Klaers, MSW, LSW In part one, we considered traits that are common during emerging adulthood. Today, I want to give 6 tips that will help parents navigate this transition. The term, “Emerging Adulthood”, coined by researcher Jeffery......
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Toxic People: How to Cope, Protect Yourself, and Know When to Give Up

by Chris Lewis Ed.S., LPC As a therapist, I don’t often see toxic people in my office. They don’t like the scrutiny of looking at themselves and their behavior toward others. The people I see in my office are often......
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We Just Have The One Life

by Chris Lewis Ed.S., LPC I heard something recently that made me think. It takes a lot to make me think, so this was pretty good. This old guy was talking to my sister about taking care of our bodies,......
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The Human Heart and DOMA

by Claudia Gray, MA, LPC The language in Public Law 104-199, passed by the 104th Congress in September of 1996, defined marriage and spouse this way: “…the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman......
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Strategies for Parenting Emerging Adults: What is Happening?! (Part One)

by Elizabeth Klaers, MSW, LSW If you have a son or daughter that is between the ages of 18 years old and twenty-something this question may feel familiar: What is happening…? Although the specifics vary from family to family, the......
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Stressed Parenting? Maybe it’s a good time to press PAUSE.

Elizabeth M. Klaers, MSW, LSW Summer is winding down and kids are heading back to school. Supplies, clothing, and coordinating all the activities that comes with this time of year throw many parents into a mode of doing, doing, doing.......
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