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The Zone

March 23, 2020

It was June of 1992 and the Portland Trailblazers were pulling ahead of the Chicago Bulls in game 1 of the NBA Championship. As a Bulls fan, I was flat out nervous because it seemed as if the game was […]

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Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

August 13, 2019

I finished up the session with Connor, my 9 year old client, and walked out into the waiting room to meet with his mother.  I updated her on how the treatment was going (he was struggling with intense anxiety and […]

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Selfie Culture Needs to Find Purpose

January 25, 2018

 My wife and I were at a party several weeks ago and decided that it would be incredibly important to take a quick selfie so that we could post about our evening on all the social media platforms. It felt […]

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November 20, 2017

    Every holiday season, I enter Thanksgiving with the best of intentions.  I always have this strong desire to spend more time with my family, capture moments of real joy, and appreciate the many blessings I so often take […]

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Thoughtful Eating vs. Emotional Eating

April 11, 2017

So I had a rough day a few weeks ago.  Nothing major happened, just a long day at the office with lots of surprises.  Luckily, I had a big date planned with my wife later in the evening that served […]

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Managing Stress with Exercise

March 30, 2017

In the spring of my junior year of high school, I decided to train to be a beach lifeguard.  My goal was not to serve the community or to protect helpless swimmers from vicious ocean rip currents. My sole desire was […]

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Life Lessons From a Dog Named Sugar

September 6, 2016

  This is a picture of Sugar, a retriever that belongs to a close friend of mine. I first met Sugar a couple of years ago and found that she was a “very active dog”. Well, that’s what I told […]

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What is REALLY Stressing You Out?

May 6, 2015

      I often ask the people I work with in my clinical office the following question: “What stresses you out?”  Their responses tend to sound like this:   “My work stresses me out!”   “My boss is the most stressful […]

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Why Your Smartphone is Making You Depressed

April 13, 2015

When I first met with a young woman I will call Shelly several months ago, I must admit I was a bit confused about what was going on with her diagnostically. She just didn’t seem to fit the usual categories […]

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