Moderation: The Key to a Great Holiday Season

We are surrounded by images of the holiday season that promote, encourage and normalize abundance and excess. No wonder so many of us have become accustomed to the idea that the holidays are a time when it’s okay to overdo it. This one time of the year, we spend too much, eat too much and drink too much. But the holidays don’t have to be about excess. You still can have a great time and enjoy the holiday season without overdoing it.

Put Your Marriage First -- and Make It Last

Marriage counseling? For us? Many couples find themselves struggling with the thought of marriage counseling when things in their lives are not going as well as they thought they would.

Stress Busting Lessons from Kindergarten

You’ve heard the expression, “Everything you need to know about life, you learned in kindergarten.” Here are some ideas for simplifying your life this summer, based on those lessons we learned way back when.

Adult ADD: Symptoms & Solutions

Do your friends complain that you aren’t paying attention when they talk? Do you feel disorganized, find yourself procrastinating, losing things or missing appointments? Do you enthusiastically start projects, only to lose interest and abandon the project a short time later? Do you have a quick temper? Do you make rash decisions? Do you have a child who has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD? If this sounds like you, you may be one of the 4% of adults who have adult ADD.

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue is a condition characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion. It is common among individuals who work directly with trauma victims -- such as nurses, psychologists and first responders. It was first diagnosed in nurses in the 1950s. Research suggests that sufferers can exhibit several symptoms including hopelessness, constant stress and anxiety, sleeplessness or nightmares and a general negative attitude.

What Your Interview Clothes Say About You

Whether you're a fashionista or someone who has been wearing the same suit for years, you should be aware of what message you send with your interview clothes. Your first interview is not the place to be making a grand fashion statement. Here’s how to demonstrate professionalism. 

Transformation 101: From Resolution to Reality

Most people make New Year's resolutions to fix something so they’ll feel better during the coming year than they did during the previous year. Seems simple, right? Not really. While three quarters of New Year's resolutions fail, it’s helpful to look at the reasons why one quarter succeed.

Building Resiliency

Everyone experiences stress and trauma throughout their lives. With adequate support from relationships and environments, individuals can often endure these times and maintain mental health. The capacity to avoid risks and thrive in spite of trauma is called resiliency.

Mindfulness: More Than Just Meditation

Mindfulness is being “aware” -- aware of what you are choosing to think every moment, and then using simple techniques to evaluate your own thoughts. The idea of being mindful requires being present and being more conscious of life as it happens. I frequently discuss mindfulness with my clients and suggest that they focus on staying in the “here and now.” 

Local Resources That Provide Help

The following local resources provide assistance on a case-by-case basis for St. Louis area residents who need help. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t reach someone right away. Be persistent, and get help as soon as you can.