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Validate Yourself and Know Your Worth

It is very easy to fall into the trap of thinking your worth as a person also comes from what you do instead of who you are.  It is also easy to see your worth as being reflected off others instead of shining out from inside.  When you allow other people or outside situations to [...]

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Nothing is Etched in Stone

On my desk at The Center in Edmonds, Washington, is a beautiful, flat rock.  Carved into this rock that I use as a paperweight are the words, "Nothing is etched in stone."  I keep this motto in front of me as a reminder that God has given me an overwhelming sense of freedom to exercise [...]

By |August 28th, 2018|Categories: Happiness, Whole Person Care|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Nothing is Etched in Stone

Around the Dinner Table with Your Children

As a general rule, most nights per week, your children need to eat at home with the family.  Hot, nutritious meals with a variety of flavors, tastes, and textures should be the norm.  Weekday breakfasts and lunches may not be the most appropriate time for "experiments," but a dinner now and then certainly can be.  [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|Categories: Family Life, Whole Person Care|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Around the Dinner Table with Your Children

Rewriting Anxiety’s Script

What do actors do when they get a new script? In my limited theatrical experience, which happened far longer ago than I care to acknowledge, actors get together and do a read-through of the script. Sometimes, an actor is given the entire script and other times, an actor is given parts of the script, which [...]

By |March 30th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Recovery, Whole Person Care|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Rewriting Anxiety’s Script

Are You the Definition of a Stay-Putter?

Bill was a classic stay-putter. Almost thirty, he’d never kept a job for more than a year. In between episodes of work, he found friends to take him in or crashed in his parents’ basement. By doing that, Bill was wearing out his welcome just about everywhere, including the basement. For almost a decade, Bill [...]

By |November 20th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Are You the Definition of a Stay-Putter?

How is Your Career Impacting Your Happiness?

Even with so many people engaged in academic pursuit, there is still a sizable segment of the population who foregoes postsecondary education and instead jumps headfirst into the world of work.  After that giddy, heady feeling of success and affirmation with the first job offer, comes the stark reality for many that you actually have [...]

By |March 21st, 2017|Categories: Depression, Happiness, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How is Your Career Impacting Your Happiness?

Being an Alert and Vigilant Parent

Teens live amid such tumultuous waters, it can be hard to detect if something is just an adolescent squall or if there's a real storm brewing.  As a parent, you're caught between a rock and a hard place.  You don't want to be perceived as a meddling parent.  You want your teenager to learn how [...]

By |February 27th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Family Life|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Being an Alert and Vigilant Parent

The Rise in Prescription Antidepressants

While there is no dispute that the incidence of depression is growing, the response to this growth is changing.   The trend has been away from traditional psychotherapy and toward a pharmaceutical solution.  As reported by Scientific American, "Between 1996 and 2005 the percentage of psychiatry office visits involving psychotherapy decreased from about 44.4 percent - [...]

Creating an Action Plan for Your New Exercise Routine

Oftentimes, a decision to start exercising is made in desperation and disgust. Desperation says, “Start now and start hard.” Disgust says, “You deserve to feel bad.” These twin voices come from frustration, and they doom our exercise attempts to fail. Why? Because, physically unprepared to begin at such a fast pace, our bodies and our [...]

By |November 30th, 2015|Categories: Depression, Whole Person Care|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Creating an Action Plan for Your New Exercise Routine

Whole-Person Approach to Treating Depression

In a whole-person treatment approach, the entire body is recognized as an important component in depression. The whole-person approach accepts the body as a complex organism and looks for systemic reasons for depression. The body is not merely along for the mind’s ride into depression. The body is an active participant with the capacity to [...]

By |August 28th, 2015|Categories: Depression, Recovery, Whole Person Care|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Whole-Person Approach to Treating Depression