How safe is marijuana use among teenagers? Why are teens smoking more pot? More and more, teenagers think that marijuana is not harmful, but they're wrong.

How Safe Is Marijuana? Analyzing Marijuana’s Effects on the Developing Brain

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I began my counseling career in the field of marriage and family therapy. One stereotype about therapy involving multiple folks is that each person’s sole goal in therapy is to convince the...
Allowing your child to fail is tough, heart-breaking, and scary, but it's necessary to prepare them for the world in the years to come. Experiencing a failure allows us to develop skills and give us hope in our ability to handle whatever life throws at us. The importance of failure when raising resilient kids...

The Importance of Failure: Raising Resilient Kids

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Several years ago, one of my kids sheepishly saddled up beside me after dinner. From the look on her face, I knew something was wrong. There were tears. Lots of tears. But I didn’t cave. I...
Navigating social interactions is a lifelong task. You can make all the right turns, and still get lost. And that is incredibly frustrating! However, negative interactions are an opportunity to teach kids resilience, the ability to get back up when you are knocked down and try again. Improve your child's social skills!

Improve Your Child’s Social Skills: Navigating Negative Social Interactions

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Here's a Story About a Little Boy Named Jake... Jake, who is currently seven years old, has always struggled to “fit in” with the other children. Jake is extremely bright and tends to have a...
BEWARE! Facebook and Instagram have been taken over by engagement rings, babies, and weddings- oh my! Be vigilant as you scroll down your feed as new pictures and statuses are being posted constantly. Are you tired of engagement pictures on Facebook and Instagram?

Dear Twenty-Something-Year-Olds: Tired of Engagement Pictures on Facebook?

PSA for All Twenty-Something-Year-Olds: BEWARE! Facebook and Instagram have been taken over by engagement rings, babies, and weddings- oh my! Be vigilant as you scroll down your feed as new pictures and statuses are being...
Adolescence brings new, complex emotional experiences for teens, due to changes in their physical, hormonal, and social environments. Learning to understand and express these changes is an ongoing, up-and-down process. Here are a few ways to improve parent and teen communication.

Parent and Teen Communication: It’s Complicated…

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In 6th Grade, I Was Probably Too Old for a Father-Daughter Dance... I know I was a lousy date that evening, compared to my younger sister who smiled her way through the night. I pouted...
With the day-to-day responsibilities of adulting, it is easy to neglect your marriage. That is why date night is so critical to your marriage!

Why Date Night Is Critical to Your Marriage

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With the day-to-day responsibilities of adulting, it is easy to neglect both marriage and spouse. That is why date night is critical to your marriage and mental well-being. Here are a few...
Within the past decade or so, athletes have begun to finally realize that in order to consistently reach their full potential, and maximize their physical abilities, they need to not only train their body but also train their brain. Sport and performance psychology is more important than you think.

Putting the Psychology into Performance | Performance Tips @Patsportsdoc

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The Ability to Perform at a Consistently High Level Has Always Been a Top Priority for Athletes and Coaches Alike...  Traditionally, this has led athletes to seek out new and novel ways of increasing their...
Some couples are destined for failure in the bedroom... No, not THAT kind of failure, but failure to sleep well in a common space. There are gender differences in sleep need, but also gender differences in sleep practices. Sleeping apart and in separate rooms should be a decision that is agreed upon by both partners.

Your Bed or Mine? The Struggles of Sleeping Apart

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Check out the first part of this series: Your Bed or Mine? The Struggles of Sleeping With a Partner Some Couples Are Destined for Failure in the Bedroom... No, not THAT kind of failure, but failure...
Why do some young men struggle in college? What is behind this epidemic of failure to launch guys? Jonathan Hetterly explores the changing landscape of failure to launch syndrome and the educational dilemma.

Failure to Launch Syndrome: Why Some Young Men Struggle in College

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Young men are experiencing quarter-life crises at an alarming rate. Men are struggling to graduate college, step into the workforce, step into independent adulthood, and deal with adversity and setbacks in life. But what is...
Technology is stressing out Americans. The key to engaging with technology and social media is responsible use that promotes connection and contentment.

Technology is Stressing Out Americans

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The American Psychological Association’s Stress in AmericaTM poll shows parents struggling to balance personal and family technology use. I hate talking on the phone. I find it to be a necessary...