Your Inner Happy

I’ve always used Instagram for my own pleasure. If you look, you’ll see I have lots of posts with food, drink, and the people I love.   However, I realized I was missing a huge opportunity to share my counseling, writing, and speaking material over there.   I didn’t want to post articles about personality disorders, sexual abuse, etc with photos of my new grandbaby,...
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My Ten Most Popular Blog Posts

Just for fun I checked out my google analytics to see what my most popular blog posts were.   Here they are in order of popularity:   1. Life Code by Dr. Phil – a book review 2. Ten Things I Learned in My 40s That I Wish I Knew in My 20s and 30s 3. Momastery Blog 4. Taking Charge of Your Marriage 5. Behavioral Approach to Counseling 6. Reel Therapy 7. The Surprising Happiness...
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Blue Like Jazz – the book and the movie

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality is a book written by Donald Miller. It was published in 2003 and has sold over a million copies. In Donald Miller’s early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left...
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If Your Life Was a Movie, What Would It Be Called?

I roll over and stretch in the cool sheets.  Chilled, I pull them closer to my neck. As I wake, I hear the shower running, smell coffee brewing, and realize it’s morning. During these half-asleep, half-awake times my mind wanders. Thoughts flit all over — today I think about movies. I think about how some scenes are so detailed; so nuanced they must come from real events in the...
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Reel Therapy – movies related to counseling

There’s just something about movies, books, and songs that get into our heads and hearts in a better way than talk therapy. Often I have my clients tell me about their favorite movies because it gives me insight into their worldview. Just the other day a client told me her favorite movie was Farenheit 451. As she described the story  (all the people living in a town where books were banned,...
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“Seven Pounds”

    I just went to see the movie, “Seven Pounds” starring Will Smith.  Lots of people were blogging and twittering about it, so I decided it would be a good one to see.   I went with my daughter and her friend.  I think we were all impressed with the quality of the film – from the cinematography to the pacing.  But I wasn’t thrilled with the message being offered to moviegoers. Will Smith,...
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