Professional Counseling

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Summer is Here! — Time for the 3-R’s

Traditionally summer has been a time to get away from the 3-R’s — you know — the ones associated with school. But this summer I am suggesting you take time to experience three of the R’s associated with Recovery. Typically when someone says they are in “recovery” we think they have had a physical disability … Continue reading

My Business Model Totally Sucks!

OK. I’m a little slow sometimes, but I am starting to understand. My business model is totally wrong. I have completely missed the point of being in the counseling business. And here is the problem – My clients get “well” too quickly. It seems that most counselors see clients for 30-40 minutes, and then stop … Continue reading

Try These – I Dare You!

If you knew something that was easy and simple to do that would make a measurable, dramatic improvement in your health, why would you not do it? In my previous posting I actually dared you to do something that would make you feel better and improve your health. It was very simple and easy to … Continue reading

Attitude – The Little Thing That Makes A Big Difference

I once knew a man who regularly came to work on Monday morning proclaiming, “Boy, it was a lousy weekend! It was sunny and I had to mow my lawn.” Or if it had been a rainy weekend he would say, “Boy, it was a lousy weekend! It was rainy and I couldn’t mow my … Continue reading

My Top 10 Posts from 2012

Just a quick share of My Top 10 Posts from 2012, chosen based on the number of people who have clicked on the links for these blog posts. They are listed in order starting with the most read posting and going down. I sincerely appreciate everyone who has read and supported my efforts for the blog. Blessings to you for … Continue reading

Disease: Everybody’s Got It — Nobody Wants It! – Part 4

We live in a society where the norm is to have 50 or more stress episodes daily, while each of us lives in a body designed to handle three or four stress episodes per week (read this sentence again). Some who read this are thinking, “I don’t have even close to 50 stress episodes a … Continue reading

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get … Continue reading

Blessings For The New Year

Dear Readers! Thank you for your support. I have enjoyed engaging in the conversation with each of you that have commented on various postings. I look forward to many more conversations, as well as meeting many of you this coming year at upcoming workshops and presentations for your organizations. I will be taking a couple … Continue reading

The Christmas Story And Stress

Stress has always been a part of the Christmas story. Consider that very first Christmas – don’t you think Mary and Joseph were just a little bit stressed at having to travel cross-country to Bethlehem with Mary so far along in her pregnancy? And don’t you believe they were at least momentarily concerned about giving … Continue reading

Holiday Memories

Traditional “wisdom” tells us that the holidays are “supposed” to be one of the happiest times of the year. “Everyone” is “supposed” to be joyful and fulfilled with the activities of the season. However, it is recognized by medical authorities that stress and depression are a major part of the holidays for many individuals. Even … Continue reading

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March 2023


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