What is your Kryptonite?

Superman had one vulnerability, it was Kryptonite . It caused him to be weak and lose his power.  S uperman was afraid of just one thing— kryptonite . This small piece of his home world can put him on his knees, heart pounding, weak, faint. Fears and phobias too are often rooted in childhood experiences and can…

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Parenting & Criticism

Take a moment to consider how much of the time are you correcting, criticizing or critiquing your child's behavior? If your comment count is not more positive than negative, you might want to rethink how and what your communication is doing to your children. You may say, well, I am just trying to help them, sav…

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Moral Hangover????

In a recent conversation with a few very bright, high achieving college students in my practice, we have uncovered insights into destructive behaviors patterns. These patterns are typically invisible or blind spots that tend to be automatic and unconscious. Unfortunately, they can produced severe consequences until …

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Lets begin with some ancient wisdom.  Do you have a realistic view of how powerful your mind is regarding influencing your mood? There is a way to find out the impact on your emotions, life, decisions, and outcomes of your behavior. Working to correct your negative thinking will ultimately create a shift in how you …

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Why Worry?????

Recently, a reprint of the book   Why Worry   by friend and prolific author, Eric A. Kimmel was recently released. Gayle and I loved this book and read it to our children, then sent it around to friends and because we liked it so much.  With major encouragement to Eric from Gayle and me, we pushed Eric to see abo…

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Meditation Class

Zazen, which means sitting meditation .  If you have ever been interested in learning to meditate, you can't find better teaches than those being offered at the Houston Zen Center. Link to:  Houston Zen Center . Zen, "Learning to Still Your Mind."     Benefits and research on meditation is prolific.…

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The Curse of Prorastination

Common thoughts or inner dialogue of procrastinators. " I'll get to it later. I'll do it tomorrow, I still have time." Procrastination is a thief of time, value and a dream killer. Well, what is really happening is avoidance, fear, anxiety or worse, feeling incapable or unable to measure up t…

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Compassion Fatigue in Lawyers

This is a wonderful panel discussion put on by the Texas Bar to help lawyers with managing their lives in a positive manner. This is a link to the podcast.  TLAP Podcast Chris Ritter and Eric Grigg from TLAP describing their struggles as a lawyer, person and professional.  Stress, anxiety, depression and e…

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Criticize or Affirm Your Child...

Take a moment to consider how much of the time are you correcting, criticizing or critiquing your child's behavior? If your comment count is not more positive than negative, you might want to rethink how and what your communication is doing to your children. You may say, well, I am just trying to help them, sav…

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Compassion Fatigue--What is it? What to Do?

On Friday, January 11th, 2019, I participated on an esteemed panel of professionals from the Texas Bar Association in collaboration with TLPA (Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program) and TYLA (Texas Young Lawyers Association) on the topic of " Compassion Fatigue" among lawyers. Chris Ritter, Director, Tex…

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Sharks........Good advice for all of us!!!

The show the Sharks  has a cast  of talented, rich, successful entrepreneurs, who know how to succeed in business and make LOTS of money. The show invites people make a pitch to get funded by one or all of the Sharks to expand their business. The 16 "opportunities" are the graphic is to help you better u…

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Online Therapy: The Future is Here.........Now

The field of psychotherapy is evolving in some pretty dramatic ways. Access to care, social media, apps to track mood, blood pressure, nutrition, days of sobriety, and a vast number of other psychological and medical changes in delivery of services are expanding daily. Trends and data show new levels of comfort and…

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Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue is defined as the cumulative physical/emotional/psychological effects of continual exposure to traumatic or distressing stories/events when working in a helping capacity where demands outweigh resources. The two largest contributing factors are: 1) high volume work load, 2) exposure to client d…

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Many Faces of Anxiety

As you can see by this photo, anxiety has many faces and ways it can present itself. Everyone reacts differently to anxiety. Essentially, anxiety is fear, connected to your Amygdala, an organ in your brain designed to protect you from danger. Once the Amygdala is alerted to danger, very powerful stress hormones…

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Mental Training for Athletes

The performance pyramid has 3 distinct phases: 1) long-term development, 2) immediate preparation & 3) During performance itself.  Phase one  include long-term goals, learning, and sustaining daily practice. Phase 2, the skills are used immediately before performance to prepare prior to competition, and Phase 3…

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Screen Time Recommendations for Children

--> It may be time for you to think about and review the relationship your children have with "screens" . A recent NY Times article by   Nellie Bowles ,  A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley .  According to the author, "A Dark Consensus About Sc…

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