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Are You Worried About the Ashley Madison Hack?

Ashley Madison, the website that advertises “Life is short, have an affair,” has been hacked. Not only has data been compromised, but personal information has been made public.   You may be scared – and for a very good reason. Especially if you are one of the names on that list.  This link will help you determine if you’re one of those whose information has been made public. The scary part is that many, including a San Antonio Texas Police Chief, are resorting to suicide in the wake of this breach. It doesn’t matter if millions of others are also scared and going public –  this is about you.   Are you living with the dread of imminent exposure? Are you imagining what this will…

The Art & Science of Practicing Loving-Kindness

When I think of people that regularly practice loving kindness images of monks and “zen type” folks that live in a monastery or behind the walls of a safe community come to mind. The story I make up in my head is that these people don’t have to deal with the “real world” problems you and I are faced with on a daily basis. My story continues in that I tell myself it must be so easy for them, tucked away in their perfect little world without having to deal with all the drama on the outside, so of course, it’s easy for them to practice loving kindness. Of course, I know this isn’t true. Practicing loving kindness is a deliberate process, it doesn’t happen…

Inspiring Message for 2015

Please enjoy this inspiring message from a friend of mine – whose no nonsense approach to life ensures that we can live more meaningful wholehearted lives. http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/10-points-to-getting-it-done-with-no-resolutions-wcz/ Photo from Pixabay.com

A Reflection On Hope For 2015

With the coming of a New Year, many of our clients may be struggling to remain hopeful, due to circumstances that oftentimes feel beyond their control.   So how do we as clinicians work to instill hope, when things appear hopeless? There are several writers; Victor Frankl, Rollo May, Carl Rogers and Gerald May all of whom understood that feeling hopeful is a generative (active) process. They believed that hope is a choice, and the more challenging the circumstances the more likely an individual will make a “choice” to hope. To quote May, “We may go through a great deal of humbling if not outright humiliation, before we come to this simplicity of hope”. To facilitate hope, therapists must demonstrate or model hope for their clients….

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