Unplugging: A Clients Journey!

Dealing with anxiety, depression and the loss of a relationship while being twenty something is difficult!  Potentially more so with social media pressure in which the millennium generation has grown up and surrounds themselves within. However, I have been working with an extremely unusual and amazing client that has taken a risk with several beneficial

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Sole Custody vs. Joint Custody

There are many reasons why parents may want or opt for joint or sole custody. Custody or visitation arrangements can be categorized in many ways and terms surrounding custody are often interchangeable and that’s when it can get confusing. Joint and shared custody are generally the same thing, sole custody and physical custody are also

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Potential issues with long distance co-parenting

Accepting change   Not many things containing the words “long distance” are easy or come naturally, least of all maintaining relationships. However it is possible and it can work. You have to accept certain things when you take the step or should I say plunge into the world of long distance co-parenting. If you are

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Dealing with high conflict in co-parenting

Sadly many people go through high conflict divorces; equally unfortunately this can often transition in to a high conflict situation for co-parenting. High conflict in the context of marriage, divorce and co-parenting generally refers to aggression, tension and bad feeling between parents. Something I’ve talked about before is doing your best to shield your children

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Divorced? What not to expose your kids to

These are going to seem obvious whilst simultaneously at times seeming completely impossible. Frustration, passion and bitterness all get in the way of trying to do the right thing and cloud judgement. That being said, no matter the situation you need to shield your kids from what you can for their own mental wellbeing.  

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The Value of Obsessing About an Affair

I have been working with many couples in my office regarding difficult issues in their marriages and partnerships. NO other break in connection or relationship is as traumatic than the initial shock of finding out your partner is having an affair.  Many of my initial sessions or even phone calls, center around a desire to

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Americans are more Tired and Exhausted..Are You?

  What’s going on with US? Americans are even More Tired and Exhausted than Ever! Take a look at the latest from Pew Research Center on the statics of working parents and balancing family life.  Most American’s are still struggling with balancing life, family, while promoting a career at the same time.  Research suggests, dual

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Dating Tips for While in a Co-Parenting Situation

I have been working with so many clients on the issue of co-parenting and the struggles that families are facing.  For many, managing the different structures, emotional and physical barriers that children must deal with when living between the two worlds of parents after divorce for the adults, let alone children!   As adults and

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The Art of Intimacy: Perhaps…Being Playful and Flirting with your Partner!

  As we approach the Holidays, so many of my clients are “busy”, going to parties, working, and finding no time for each other let alone intimacy with their partners! I can completely understand and find myself feeling the same way with my husband. Ester Perel, a leading therapist, author and expert on intimacy, sex

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The Suicide Epidemic: 2016 Why is it 4 times more likely to hit the males in our lives?

As a Marriage and Family therapist, I work with individuals, couples, families, adolescents on a daily basis but suicide has hit my family on a personal level. My husband lost his son to suicide over 9 years ago and my 21 year old son has lost 6 friends to suicide since the age of 14,

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Would you like to be More POSITIVE? Do you know someone who is Negative?

      There are emotional and physical health risks of being too negative! Most people who are highly negative will in fact deny that they are negative! There is an approach that has been proven to work with these types of clients; it is to teach them to be more emotionally intelligent thru the

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Feeding Inner Strengths building New Positive Traits: Another Step in a Mindfulness Practice

Dr. Rick Hanson, in his latest article in Psychotherapy Networker Week in Review: 9/5 – 9/9, discusses how we weave together new inner traits based on brain science, neuro-biology, experiences that we go thru and a desire to make changes in our life.  What we choose to feed our brain on a daily basis, will

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How Political Leanings Boil Down to Moral Beliefs and Group Loyalties Ryan Howes • 9/6/2016

Take a look at this interesting article and link to a view that might enlighten us or at least give us a different view,  during this election time of the year!   Carolyn www.collaboratecounseling.com 720 323 2603   https://psychotherapynetworker.org/blog/details/1009/understanding-the-roots-of-political-differences?utm_source=Silverpop&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=091016_pn_i_rt_WIR_throttled10am

Mindfulness Practice: Some Simple but Effective Exercises to Slow Down and Practice being Mindful!

      Mindfulness Practice: Some Simple but Effective Exercises to Slow Down and Practice being Mindful! What is Mindfulness? I  talk about being mindful in sessions quite a bit and hope that my clients try to implement a piece of mindfulness every day into their life’s, but why?  What are the  benefits and why

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This heartwarming video reminds us of what’s truly important in life

The author believes that the only guide to keep us secure and happy is love and his message is that we should not postpone it but let the ’carpe diem’ motto enter our universe.  Enjoy the message of love, bonding, lifelong connection and story the author portrays between this lovely couple!   https://brightside.me/video/this-heartwarming-video-reminds-us-of-whats-truly-important-in-life-167505/

Couples Who Have the Best Sex Have This in Common

  “For spouses or partners who have been together for many years, their sex lives have a lot to do with how they interact outside of the bedroom. A recent study finds that couples’ levels of responsiveness—how attentive they are toward each other and how special they make each other feel—is directly associated with how much they

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Teaching Good Behaviors to Kids!

Here is a great tool and fun activity for you and your young children to do together while also helping them to learn how to do chores around the house and learn good behaviors. Instead of arguing and dealing with whining behavior..make it fun! Remember, creating new habits takes 21 days!   How do you

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Sex! What comes first..Desire or Arousal?

As I have been working with both individual and couples in my practice, the issue of intimacy and sexuality comes up quite often. Our needs as humans for connection, touch and intimacy is hard wired into our brains from birth. Working with individuals from the ages of three to 76 years young, I see this

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Success Factors for WORK: Take the Success Factor Scale test!

75% of job success can be predicted from a person’s overall work optimism, positive engagement, and support provision. (Shawn Achor, http://goodthinkinc.com/) Did you think it was hard work that got you a promotion? Most people do. Or perhaps a relationship with the “right” person can introduce you to the next company will take you to the

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What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter. Google Work Teams discovered that creating psychological safety at work, creating and allowing emotional bonding and safe Internationale communications impacted their work teams in positive and successful ways. Read the full article here