That’s a trendy word these days, but do you know what it means? Today I’d like to discuss the three types of boundaries and what they mean in our relationships. And let’s use baseball analogies, because #LetsGoBucs? Nonexistent. Imagine standing in the middle of PNC Park, right on the pitcher’s mound, with no glove, noContinue reading “Boundaries”

How to find the right counselor

One of the most common questions I get from friends is, “What things should I look for if I’m trying to find a counselor?” I love knowing that my friends are trying to make wise investments in their personal lives. Counseling can have a lot of benefits. Some you’ll notice right away: making time forContinue reading “How to find the right counselor”

Trauma Lessons (from the Dog)

Those of you who have spent time with puppies know how mischievous they can be. My Labrador is certainly no exception! She would chew on anything that fit in her mouth and try to befriend every living thing she saw. As you can see in the picture, one of her favorite hobbies was to interrupt my chores by droppingContinue reading “Trauma Lessons (from the Dog)”

Reflective Listening

Reflective listening is an important part of communication, especially when spouses are discussing emotions or conflict. If you are craving positive changes in your communication, start the journey by putting effort into becoming a better listener. This type of listening requires two levels of skill: intentional listening combined with intentional responding. First, genuinely hear whatContinue reading “Reflective Listening”


We missed out on an hour of sleep this weekend (even more than that for some Pittsburghers, since the Pens played an awesome game in L.A. on the same night we had to spring ahead). Those 60 minutes can mean a lot to those of us who appreciate sleep and the energy it brings, and this lossContinue reading “Balance”