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October 22, 2016


I would like to officially welcome Ronena to the practice!  Ronena is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern.  She provides counseling services to all ages and specializes in elder adults.  Ronena is a Credentialed Professional Gerontologist (CAP) and has training in Elder Care Mediation.  She is available to present sem...

June 9, 2015

As many of you may assume, a lot of my couples work involves helping couples work through the betrayal of infidelity.  Affairs have three parts: the sexual betrayal, the emotional betrayal, and the dishonesty.  Not all affairs are sexual, and not all affairs are emotional.  This article is going to focus on the emotional affair....

May 15, 2015

One day in January my sister called me up and said, “Let’s do a half marathon”.  I thought to myself, “Yeah right!  I can’t even run 3 miles!  I’ll never be able to do 13…” But, I decided to be a good sport and say, “Sure, I’ll give it a try.”  You see, our father died from prostate cancer last September.  I think my sister was lookin...

May 2, 2015

 

I'd like to officially welcome MFT Intern Kimberly Fanning-Shiles to the practice!  

 

Kimberly brings a lot of training and experience in play therapy techniques to the practice.  A former teacher, Kimberly has spent many years working with children and families.  She will be taking over our Teen Talk Group, and is ready to start sche...

November 2, 2014

Let’s talk about No Shave November.

No-Shave November is a unique way to raise cancer awareness.  The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.  

There are many ways you can participate.

·         Participate by growing a beard, cultivati...

October 17, 2014

October is ADHD Awareness Month!

 

We’ve all heard the term ADHD, but what does the term really mean?  Let’s take a look and dispute some popular myths.

 

ADHD is not due to laziness, lack of motivation, poor parenting, disobedience, or selfishness.  ADHD is a medical disorder that affects how the brain functions and develops. 

 

Atten...

September 10, 2014

The teen brain goes through a significant "wiring" period from the ages of 12-24.  Research shows that alcohol use can harm this "wiring".

 

 

Alcohol acts like a computer virus in a teen brain that:

• Slows or shuts down brain activity

• Damages neuro-connections

• Negatively alters the brain’s pleasure-reward circuitry

• Decreases the abil...

September 4, 2014

I am honored to introduce myself and my very first blog post!  This is a little new to me, so it's a little bit nerve racking!  A little bit about me...

 

I've been practicing therapy since 2003, and have been licensed since 2008.  I graduated from Pepperdine University in 2004 with a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with an...

September 4, 2014

I have to admit, I feel like this sometimes.  And I haven't met a couple who hasn't brought this, or similar issues, up in therapy:

 

"My husband thinks that watching TV together is spending time together."

"She's addicted to Facebook."

"He's on the computer so much, I told him he should've married it!"

"All she wants to do is play Candy C...

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