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

Some Memories Hurt

Have you ever received a phone or text message from someone you are close to that says, “I thought you today.”?  Or perhaps, “thinking of you.”?  This can be such a boost in our day when we receive a message like this.  It can also be something we say to ourselves when we are grieving the loss of a loved … Read More

Memories and the Holidays

“Memories may be beautiful and yet What’s too painful to remember We simply choose to forget so it’s the laughter we will remember” Memories are a funny thing. The small moments may forever be embedded in your memory, but large portions of time slip away without being encoded and therefore disappearing from your life. Over time, the memories we keep … Read More

Family Memories

As October ends, it seems a bit overwhelming for me to think of the bulk of holidays that are about to occur and my to do list.  Usually when I think about this time of year, I tend to concentrate on fulfilling the needs of others, and often forget to fulfill my own first.  Once this occurs, I often get … Read More