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Managing Holiday Stress

If you are looking for help managing holiday stress you are probably looking for answers. You want to enjoy the spirit of the season without losing yourself in the process. But stuff keeps getting in the way. The stress of worrying, shopping, decorating, traveling,...

How Many Counseling Sessions Are Needed?

How Many Counseling Sessions Are Needed? I hear this question asked in a variety of ways: how many sessions do I need to come, how many counseling sessions are needed, when will counseling be over.  It would be a much easier question to answer if I had a...

What Causes Depression?

What Causes Depression? What Causes Depression? It really depends on who you ask.  If you ask a physician, whose training is in biology, physiology, and neurology, you will likely get an answer that talks about genetic and biochemical causes. If you ask me - my...

Choosing a Christian Counselor

Choosing a Christian counselor means looking at the counselor's faith as well as credentials. Anyone can call himself a Christian counselor.  Some are counselors who aren't particularly Christian in their approach to counseling.  Others may be Christians who have...

Four Common Parenting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Four most common parenting mistakes and how to avoid them. Too many people think of parental discipline in terms of punishment.  We "discipline" our kids when they do something wrong.  That's a major mistake.  Instead, think of discipline as simply communicating your...

Mental Wellness and Christian Counseling

It's interesting how language changes.  We used to talk about "mental illness" and that changed to talking about "mental health".  The latest phrase is "mental wellness".  I was asked recently to define mental wellness and Christian counseling.  According to the World...

The Importance of Date Night

Do a search for “date night” and you will get articles on date night ideas and places to go for a date. It looks like good information, but for many of the couples I work with it’s too advanced. We have to start with the Why of date night. Most of us think of going on...

Creating Successful Goals

While cleaning out my home office and organizing the book shelves I ran across several of my old journals.  My journaling style changes from time to time.  Some of my journals were like diaries, some like devotionals, others were merely a book of lists. In nearly...