Gaining a Stepparent

Are you a kid of divorced parents?  Then you might wonder what will happen next.  It’s normal for you to have many concerns, thoughts and hopes about your future. These can vary from child to child, but some of the more common concerns for kids from divorced families are: 1. Will my parents remarry? 2. If so, when? 3. What … Read More

When Will I Love Again?

February is the month of love and reminders are everywhere as stores have large displays of Valentine’s Day merchandise. This can be a challenging time for those who have recently (or not so recently) been through a divorce, break-up, or negative relationship. It can seem like the whole world is in love and you are sitting there just trying to … Read More

Fostering Love, Joy and Happiness in Life

In today’s world it is far too easy to get caught up with all of the negative things that are occurring around you, and to lose sight of what actually makes you feel loved, joyful and happy in life.  It is no surprise that many people report feelings of sadness and emptiness, when the world is filled with negative stories … Read More

Dealing with the Uncertainties of Divorce

As this new year begins, things may look different for children and families that live in blended families.  Often, blended families occur when the family of origin (the original family created) changes and becomes the family of creation (or new family).  This can occur because of a death of a parent or also when parents decide to divorce and either … Read More

Is What I’m Going Through Normal?

So, your parents are getting a divorce.  This may have come as a surprise or perhaps it was expected.  Either way, you are experiencing a lot of changes in your life and with changes comes all sorts of different feelings and questions.  Just know whatever it is you’re going through is normal. Divorce brings about changes for everyone involved.  One … Read More

Happy Holidays, Or Are They? Ways To Find The Positives In The Midst Of Stress

As 2019 comes to a close, I hear many comments about how negative and overwhelming 2019 was for individuals and society as a whole. When you are surrounded by negativity, stress, anger, and other emotions, how do you find peace? What ways do you celebrate the positive moments in life? It is important to acknowledge the small successes or you … Read More

Seasons Come and Seasons Go

I recently went to Washington state to present a play therapy workshop and found myself thinking about the many times I had been to Seattle and the Pudget Sound area throughout my life since my grandparents lived in Seattle.  Watching the years and the seasons pass more quickly than I would have imagined possible.  Can it really be that long … Read More

Reflecting on Experiences: How You Want to Grow and Change

As this year is coming to close, it is naturally a time that many of us reflect upon our past year and all of the progress or setbacks we have experienced.  When reviewing the past, many people tend to first think of all of the negative experiences they have had and often fall short on recognizing and acknowledging all of … Read More

Celebrate Your Wins

Let’s face it, we’re all busy.  We have schedules that are jam packed with work meetings, house chores, dentist appointments and lunch dates.  For those of us who are parents, you can count on adding soccer practice and piano lessons to your calendar.  The truth is, we live in a culture that glorifies busyness. We live the hectic schedules of … Read More

3 Helpful Tips To Navigate This Holiday Season For Families Living with Alzheimer’s

The holidays are a meaningful time of year for many people.  Families come together and reconnect to share moments of love and laughter.  It can also be a stressful time with a lot of expectations of perfection – from meals, the house, decorations, and presents.  For families with relatives living with Alzheimer’s, it can be even more stressful.  It’s important … Read More