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19 Jul

Grief and Loss

In her 2005 memoir "The Year of Magical Thinking," recounting both joyful and painful memories of love and loss in her family, the writer and author Joan Didion counsels readers that "grief when it comes, is nothing we expect it to be." We ask ourselves… Read More

14 Jun

Helping Children Grieve: Expressing Emotions, Affirming the Universal

It is a Tuesday evening in January, 2010. The room is abuzz with the energy of 12 children, ages 7-9, who show up in this large room most weeks from 6-8 pm to play and talk and have a snack. These children have something in… Read More

17 May

What to do When Your Friends are Getting a Divorce (Part 3)

In parts one and two, we touched on some ways for Ann to explore and cope with her experience of Mary and Andy's divorce. This last part will look at the possible impact on Ann's relationship with her own husband, since one of her worries… Read More

10 May

What to do When Your Friends are Getting a Divorce (Part 2)

In Part 1, we noted some of the feelings which Ann might experience as she copes with the news that her friends, Mary and Andy are in the process of divorcing. In the second of our three articles, we will look at some of the… Read More

3 May

What to do When Your Friends are Getting a Divorce (Part 1)

Jim and Ann are a couple in their 30's with 3 small children. They have been part of a group of friends since college. Their social life, both individually and together has revolved around this close circle of married friends with whom they have shared… Read More

12 Apr

Tuning Our Instruments

"We're just not compatible anymore" is a phrase often heard in counseling sessions. And often, as the dialogue deepens, the one speaking may come to a realization that even when and if they were compatible with their partner, that in itself may not be enough… Read More

15 Mar

Do Antidepressants Work?

There's been a lot of buzz in the media recently following an article printed in the January issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) showing that antidepressants are no better than placebo (a sugar pill) in alleviating symptoms of mild and moderate depression.… Read More

8 Mar

The Physical Toll of Anger: Keeping Our Hearts in Mind

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned". ~Buddha We all have good reasons to feel angry sometimes, and many of us are very skilled at justifying… Read More

26 Oct

Firebirds and Feathers: Boys Becoming Men

A few years ago I was working with a young college athlete, who was in the midst of deciding whether or not to continue with Track & Field, with "Athletics," as the Europeans would say. Coincidentally, I had just participated in a workshop given by… Read More

4 May

Parenting the Gifted Performer

When an archer is shooting for nothing, he has all his skill. If he shoots for a brass buckle, he is already nervous. If he shoots for a prize of gold, he goes blind or sees two targets -- He is out of his mind!… Read More