How to Find Friends as an Adult

You may remember growing up, meeting your best friend on the playground or making friends in French class. As adults, we don't have systems built in to make friends like we did as children. We can't even reach out to loved ones for help, because while it's socially acceptable to say "I'm looking for a boyfriend", its not socially acceptable...[ read more ]

Getting Your Inner Spark Back: 5 Tips to Loving Yourself Again

We are born knowing that we are infinitely lovable. Babies and toddlers demand love and attention. They ask to be held, they ask for toys and presents and they feel they deserve them. When we’re very young, we simply somehow just “know” that we are amazing and deserve nothing but goodness.But then something happens…We get programmed by kids at school...[ read more ]

The Best Medicine is a Treadmill: How Daily Exercise Can Treat Depression

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 9% of American adults live with depression. It’s also worth mentioning that a major depressive episode is the leading cause of disability for Americans between the ages of 15 and 44.Antidepressants are commonly prescribed to treat people with moderate or severe depression. And while these drugs do offer some relief,...[ read more ]

“The Four Letter Word….Fear”

by Lily Maino, M.S. Fear stops us in our tracks. It makes us sweat, shake, and doubt. Fear is that four letter word that controls us. Even when we know there is nothing to be afraid of, it can make us back away from our dreams, postpone our goals, and keep us stuck! Fear is like a bad bully on...[ read more ]

“Honey Doesn’t List”

by Lily Maino, M.S. I've been making a long list of things my husband doesn't do, does wrong, misses completely, fails to acknowledge or basically doesn't do in a manner that pleases me for a couple of weeks. I'm scared to even write about this list. As a therapist, I know how dangerous "looking for problems" is to a relationship.....(Continue...[ read more ]

“Love Is Not Enough”

by Kendra M. Silver, M.S., LPC I recently watched the last few minutes of the TV show, “House”, in which Dr. Lisa Cuddy tells her romantic interest, Dr. Gregory House, words to the effect, “you may love me, but I need someone who cares about me”. To say love is not enough, that it takes more than love to sustain...[ read more ]

Hiking The John Muir~Letting Go Of Mothering”

by Lily Maino, M.S. My 17-year-old son leaves today for a 200-mile hike across the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, starting in Yosemite, hiking through Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks to end 20 days later at Mount Whitney. Some of you may know this trail as the famous John Muir. He will be hiking with his grandfather and...[ read more ]

“How Can I Help?”

by Megan Brice, M.S. I've always been a sensitive person. When I was 7, the little girl next door to me passed away. I don't remember much about her but my parents like to recount the story attributing it to the first time they noticed my empathy in action. Although I didn't know her much, I was friends with her...[ read more ]

“The Chaotic Whirlwind of Toxic Relationships”

by Megan Brice, M.S. Why are toxic relationships so appealing? From the outside looking in, we can see the damage being done. Over and over again, we hear our friends and our families say, “I don’t see why he’s with her, she’s so controlling.” or “He treats her like crap. How does she not realize that she is his punching...[ read more ]

“Eighth Grade”

By Megan Brice, M.S. I just recently got done watching the movie Eighth Grade.  For those unfamiliar, the movie follows eighth grader, Kayla, through her last year of middle school. Keep in mind, if you are going to watch it, it may not be suitable for small children as it has some language and sexual situations. Throughout the movie I had the...[ read more ]

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