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Managing Family Conflict with Respect

Managing Family Conflict with Respect

It is an unusual family that does not, at some point, go through a period of conflict. Work, money, relationships, growing children, wider family – all of these can cause arguments within the household. In fact, given that problems are likely to arise, many...

Your Secrets Will Make You Sick

Your Secrets Will Make You Sick

I know many of us have read  or heard the story TMZ broke about this incident over the past few days with Houston rapper, Z-Ro and his ex-girlfriend. As a psychotherapist, here in Houston who works with high conflict individuals, couples, families, and groups, I...

I’m Okay, I’m Fine-Suppressed Emotions

I’m Okay, I’m Fine-Suppressed Emotions

  We’ve all experienced situations where we've wanted to speak up or where we’ve wanted to get one pressing issue off our chest. We’ve all been on the verge of crying or cursing from pent up frustration and anger. We’ve all held those outbursts and emotions in check...

The Road of Life Has Many Setbacks

The Road of Life Has Many Setbacks

  "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.” George Bernard Shaw   This is one of my favorite quotes because it holds so much value. One of the best lessons we can learn in life is that we will have...

My 5 Tips for More Meaningful Living

My 5 Tips for More Meaningful Living

1. Be Grateful We all have times that are not so good. But we also have plenty for which to be grateful. Sometimes it’s the small but valuable aspects of our lives that we don’t stop to appreciate. Or it may be the people and other gifts that we take for granted. When...

The Toxic Effect of an Angry, Revengeful, Controlling Divorce

The Toxic Effect of an Angry, Revengeful, Controlling Divorce

As a psychotherapist and family violence counselor, I see firsthand just how much emotional stress a divorce can cause. Oftentimes the negative, unhealthy repercussions linger for years – and can even have a harmful multigenerational impact on families, far into the...

Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

The need for a more comprehensive and holistic approach to treatment   Abuse of drugs and alcohol impairs judgment, makes it harder to exercise self-control, and often triggers or exacerbates emotional outbursts and violent behavior. That’s why it is so important –...

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