3 Ways to Build Intimacy with Your Partner

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is famous for having said, “Into each life some rain must fall,” meaning life is always going to throw us some heartache. This same sentiment can be said about relationships. Into each one some irritability, frustration and overall blah-ness tends to fall.But while it’s common for all couples to go through “the blahs,” you don’t have to...[ read more ]

Feeling Angry and Frustrated With Your Partner? These Tips May Help

A lot of couples who come for therapy usually cite frustration with their partner as one of the major issues they face. This frustration usually stems from unmet expectations.Expectations play a huge role in relationship satisfaction. Couples who are frustrated say things like ‘You weren’t very supportive of me when I quit my job to freelance’ or ‘You didn’t plan...[ read more ]

Coping with Depression During the Holiday Season

During this time of year, radio and TV ads would have us believe we should all feel merry and bright. Sadly, that’s not always the case. According to the National Institute of Health, many people experience depression during the holiday season.Some of the most common reasons people experience depression during this time of year are:Financial hardship – ‘Tis the season to be jolly, unless...[ read more ]

Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

What to do if your child or teen is having thoughts of suicide

The second leading cause of death for ages 10-24 is suicide.  Knowing what to do when you child starts to show signs or makes the statement “they don’t want to be here anymore” and  “I want to kill myself” can help you and your child. The first thing that you should do is take a deep breathe.  You have to...[ read more ]

Addiction: A Loving Wife’s Support

How a Loving Wife Supported Her Husband through Addiction — and Found Healing for Herself Photo: Pixabay   “I really learned that I’m human and people make mistakes. I learned to forgive ... I forgave myself for all of the hurting that I caused myself and my family.” - Shawn, Addiction Survivor and Proud Treehouse Grad   When we think...[ read more ]

Separation Anxiety back to school tips

The summer months are winding down and going back to school is quickly approaching. Children and teens are going to be going back to school, which can cause some general anxiety and some separation anxiety. Here are 5 tips to try to make the transition back to school a little bit easier. 1. Try a run through: Every teacher and...[ read more ]

Grieving Well: 5 Observations

Grieving touches us all if we live long enough.  2015 was a very difficult year for two families in my circle of friends. One of my former classmates at Olivet Nazarene University passed away unexpectedly. A few days later, the former youth pastor at my church in Winston-Salem, NC lost a loved one to a violent crime. Both of these...[ read more ]

Guilt: Understanding True vs False

[caption id="attachment_339" align="alignnone" width="680"] Businessman in Handcuffs[/caption] Guilt is a painful emotion.  Tom and Joe are two men in their 20s.  They are fictional characters but struggle with a similar issue that I have seen in many patients.  For our purposes, I will define guilt as a sad emotion in which a person feels that something about himself is wrong....[ read more ]

Relief from Panic Attacks

Roughly 2.7% of the adult population in the US during any given year meets diagnostic criteria for “Panic disorder”.  Many more individuals do not have panic disorder, but have panic attacks.  A panic attack is extreme fear, far beyond normal anxiety. Panic Attack Symptoms Fear of imminent death or severe medical event Rapid heart rate Rapid, shallow breathing Muscle tension...[ read more ]

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