“I don’t know how it happens! We find ourselves yelling at each other – and we can’t even remember what started it!” “We seem to be arguing more and more.” “If we could only communicate better. That’s all we need. Then maybe we wouldn’t be angry at each other all the … [Read more...] about How to “Decode” Anger’s Secret Message
“We’re living in the dark ages of our lives”, I jokingly told my husband a few weeks ago. And by dark ages I just mean that we’re raising a very strong-willed 4-year-old and a very clingy 2-year-old in a new city far from our family. Don’t get me wrong, there’s so many reasons to … [Read more...] about To the Overwhelmed Parent: Your Help Comes From the Lord
Crossroads Counselor Christina Westbrook uses a therapy called EMDR when she works with clients, which helps people heal from emotional distress due to disturbing life experiences. We often assume that particularly severe emotional pain must require a long time to heal. EMDR … [Read more...] about EMDR Offers Hope for Victims of Trauma
What is trauma? When most people think of trauma, they think of things like natural disasters, witnessing or experiencing violence, or the experiences of soldiers in combat, and they would certainly be right. However, trauma can also occur from less obvious experiences, such as … [Read more...] about 3 Signs of Unresolved Trauma: Is This You?
The couple met with me almost every week for several months. They leave my office optimistic – even excited – about what their marriage has become and what it will be like in the future. As they leave, the wife turns and says something that has become etched in my memory. “I … [Read more...] about Six “Red Flags” of a Drifting Marriage
Many people have preconceived notions about the treatment of depression. The media seems to reinforce the idea that psychiatry/psychology is a bunch of voodoo, whoo-whoo, touchy-feely nonsense. While there may be a few good resources and examples out there, the … [Read more...] about Am I Really Depressed And What Do I Do About It?