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Emotional Neglect: Part 1

 Defining & Exploring What Emotional Neglect Is and Its ImportanceWhen asked to think about what constitutes adverse childhood experiences (stressful or traumatic events), physical abuse, violence, and addictions are some things that may automatically come to...

Dreaming: What Do My Dreams Mean?

There’s a myth when it comes to dream analysis that there’s one set of rules people should follow and one set of symbols to go off of. Despite this, I believe every person is unique, so there are no set formulas or prescriptions of what events or symbols can strictly...

Dangerously Tired

Have you ever found yourself enjoying a McDonalds breakfast sandwich when all the sudden you started crying?  Or perhaps you finished a highly stressful shift at work and once things started to slow down your chest began to pound?  Maybe, instead of going home to...

Our Peace Cycle in Relationships

Forward from Daniel:The next step to build out of our Pain Cycles (If by chance you missed the first article relating to this topic you can click here), is by moving toward our Peace Cycle. When we communicate with our loved ones, sometimes they accidentally trigger...

Our Pain Cycles in Relationships

Pain cycles occur in times when communication can become very difficult with people you care about. Something that you or your loved one did or said could inadvertently hurt the other person. When that happens it can send us spiraling into painful patterns which I am...

Dreaming: History & Significance

Dreams are seemingly so mysterious and fascinating as it is a common activity that is unique to our minds as we sleep. Some cultures believe that the whole world dreams including animals, rivers, trees and the earth itself. Sometimes our dreams can be silly and...

Sexual Trauma: Shame

When it comes to therapy, one of the things I am most passionate about is exploring and overcoming shame. Shame is often easy to see or experience when you’ve been through some kind of trauma or abuse, but it is an emotion that affects all of us at some point, and is...