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Conflict
Controlling the Chaos

Christine Vander Wielen, M.S.W., LCSW

For stepfamilies, the stress of the holiday season can be compounded. With patience and grace, the holiday season can ...

Trauma: Caring for Ourselves

Brenda Spina, M.S., LMFT, LPC

Each of us experiences situations and events that run the risk of leaving us traumatized. Traumatic events may not be ...

Overcoming Self-sabotaging Behaviors

Christine Vander Wielen, M.S.W., LCSW

While we are all capable of self-sabotage, some individuals are more vulnerable to self-defeating behavior. It is ...

The Golden Rule for Cyberspace

Christine Vander Wielen, M.S.W., LCSW

Most of our teens know how to work with technology but few realize how technology works. As parents and educators who ...

Affected Family Members

Kathy Ann Ward, MA, LPC-T, CSAC

Families affected by a loved one’s chronic mental illness or addiction endure a unique type of stress. This article ...

Just Love Them

Christine Vander Wielen, M.S.W., LCSW

Our children are not perfect, and neither are we. Sometimes their behavior may leave us scratching our heads or ...

Marriage at the Foot of the Cross

Christine Vander Wielen, M.S.W., LCSW

Marriage is hard work. We need to keep in mind that the ground is level at the foot of the cross; none of us are ...

Apology Rejected?

Lynda Savage, M.S., LMFT, LPC

Have you ever suffered because you have become aware that some close person in your life has not forgiven you? When ...

Mean Girls

Lynda Savage, M.S., LMFT, LPC

The psychological term for mean girls is relational aggression, which is covert bullying using emotionally abusive ...

Blow Up - Then Shut Up?

Lynda Savage, M.S., LMFT, LPC

We all have emotional/relational upheavals. In the midst of these, the last thing most of us want to do is get humble. ...

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