To Be or Not to Be?

Life Is a Struggle Worth Living “To be or not to be? That is the question” posed by Shakespeare in his tragic play, Hamlet (Shakespeare, 1996). At the mention of “Shakespeare,” most of our heads spin and we flashback to that failed high school English exam. Bear with me here . . . Have you […]


Why is it so difficult to be honest with ourselves and why is it also one of the most powerful tools we have? Let’s look at both perspectives… Think about this … who really enjoys the brightly lit fitting rooms in clothing stores?  I don’t know many people who want to see themselves that clearly.  […]


According to Steve Aitchison, a writer and public speaker, “Honesty has a power very few people can handle.” As I thought about that quote, I began to look at honesty from a different perspective.  When we typically think about honesty, we look at it in terms of our interaction with others. Are my children honest […]

Advice from a Mighty Sequoia Tree

I recently had the opportunity to hike through the giant forest at Sequoia National Park.  We walked among trees that were 1000s of years old; some were over 40 feet in diameter and 100 feet in circumference.  Hidden in high groves of the mountainous sierras, it seemed as though we were walking through a majestic, […]

While on the Journey…

As a brand-new therapist, only months past graduation; I was feeling overwhelmed, doubting my decision to become a counselor, second-guessing my skill set and filled with anxiety.  To complicate the situation even more, I was attending an externship (training) for emotion focused therapy, and I was in the room with some pretty incredible thinkers.  My […]


Happy Fourth of July! Fourth of July picnics and parties will be held all across America this week celebrating the freedom that we have come to know and associate with living in the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”  Have you ever considered what your freedom really means?  We learn in […]