Doing the Right Thing Stinks

Sometimes there’s nothing worse than doing the right thing. If you are a decent person, this battle happens quite often, and in various forms. For example, how many times how you taken the proverbial ‘high road’ to avoid a conflict…

Let’s Talk About Adolescent Substance Abuse

As a substance abuse counselor, one of the questions I get asked most often by parents is “How do I know if my son or daughter has a problem with drugs or alcohol?” There is no easy answer to this…

Signs You Need Marriage Counseling

When you get married, all you can think about is how much you love your partner, and how much fun you’re going to have together. Then, somehow, things change and you become unhappy. Everything may always seem to be the…

Importance of Psychological Testing

Psychological testing sounds intimidating, especially if it has been suggested for your child or other family member. Sure, you know that everyone has flaws and personality quirks, but accepting that someone wants to take a close look at your internal…

Understanding Trauma

When people think about trauma, they imagine the absolute worst thing that could happen. People often assume that something does not qualify as trauma unless it is an extreme situation, with an extreme reaction. It’s easy to understand why going…

Summer 101

Summer is an exciting time!  School is out, the days are long, the sun is strong, and you can relax.  Well, maybe in theory.  I have heard from parents and children alike that summer can be daunting.  Some people can…