When is Enough, Enough in Marriage?

  • “Should I give her one more chance?”
  • “Is he ever going to change?” 
  • “Is she going to just continue to hurt me?” 
  • “Can I ever learn to trust him again?”
  • “When is Enough, Enough?”

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Is This Your Fast Food in the Closet?

The arguments couple’s have are fascinating—sometimes flat-out funny!  However, there’s usually more to the story.  With permission to share it, this is one of my favorites from a couple in the Salt Lake City, Utah area: Continue reading “Is This Your Fast Food in the Closet?”

A Helpful Way to Vent

When I was about eight years old, I remember a particularly annoying night when my older sisters were picking on me… again… (a shocker I know).  I had had enough!  I don’t recall the details of the situation, but I got very angry and felt powerless to do anything about it.  So, I decided to vent to my journal, writing less Continue reading “A Helpful Way to Vent”

The Sex Starved Marriage

I am always in search of a good Ted Talk.  This one did not disappoint.  Clients have said this talk has been helpful in opening a dialogue about this often difficult topic. Continue reading “The Sex Starved Marriage”

Rising Strong: Brené Brown

“Why do we fall, Mr. Wayne?  So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” Continue reading “Rising Strong: Brené Brown”

The Tale of Prince Five Weapons

I first came across this story while reading The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell.  I’ll give you one guess as to how many weapons the prince had!  The answer may not be as straightforward as you would think… Continue reading “The Tale of Prince Five Weapons”

How Thin Mints Almost Ruined a Marriage

While attending school at BYU, one of my best friends and his wife were living in a married-student housing complex.  It was a great starting spot for their marriage.  However, there was just one… slight… problem.  The walls were paper-thin.  They were privy to more information than they signed up for! Continue reading “How Thin Mints Almost Ruined a Marriage”

What is “The Hero’s Journey”?

This video does as good a job as any in introducing and capturing Joseph’s Campbell’s powerful and inspiring model of The Hero’s Journey.  I often recommend it to clients who find themselves “stuck,” amidst a difficult life transition, or who just want to watch something uplifting (for just over an hour). Continue reading “What is “The Hero’s Journey”?”

A Doctor’s Experience With Mindful Relaxation

I am fascinated by the continuous surge of research being done regarding the benefits of mindfulness and relaxation.  This seems to stem from efforts to curtail the dangerously ill effects that stress can have on individuals, relationships, and society as a whole.  It is very evident that we are stressed out! Continue reading “A Doctor’s Experience With Mindful Relaxation”

Why We Fear Going to Therapy

One of the most tantalizing, but rewarding experiences in life is being introduced to the game of golf.  It’s a game you can never perfect, even though it seems so simple!  For me anyway, it’s full of hooks, slices, hazards, penalty shots, misses, good and bad luck, disappointments, and occasional bliss.  The experience of golf can go from a soul-wrenching funk to uncontrollable laughter.  Most golfers would tell you that the mental and emotional part of the game is more challenging than the physical one.  Yet, there always seems to be something (a made putt, a great drive, enjoyable company) that keeps me coming back. Continue reading “Why We Fear Going to Therapy”