Brace Yourself – The Holidays are Here!

Brace Yourself – The Holidays are Here!

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, I have noticed an increase in clients dealing with issues involving their extended family members. The pressure of entertaining and providing for the entire family may seem insurmountable when it comes time to actually enjoy time together. When clients tell me that they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed by

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Are your expectations limiting your happiness?

Are your expectations limiting your happiness?

I had an interesting conversation with a client recently that started me thinking about our expectations and the impact they have on our satisfaction in our relationships. We all have these expectations but I have seen that we are often not even aware of them. These expectations are built from a lifetime of experiences and

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Personalize Work-Life Balance

Personalize Work-Life Balance

Individual Therapy Sterling VA “Work” doesn’t necessarily mean having job – it can be anything in your life that feels like work. Sometimes taking care of family members or friends feels like work. Sometimes taking care of yourself feels like work. Then there is the rest of your life (e.g., hobbies – who has time

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“If You Really Loved Me…”

“If You Really Loved Me…”

When a new couple enters my office to start therapy, one of the things I always make sure to discuss in their first session is what their goals are — I want to know what each person is hoping to get out of therapy, and I want to hear how similar or dissimilar their goals

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Three Simple Tools for Anxiety

Three Simple Tools for Anxiety

Individual Therapy Sterling, VA Anxiety is one of the most common concerns that our clients bring to our sessions. Anxiety can be a phobia of a specific thing, like spiders or closed spaces, but more often than not it is a general sense of uncertainty in the world. It is this general anxiety that is constantly

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The Role of Fathers in Raising Children

Years ago, the standard family dynamic was that the mother stayed home and raised the children while the father went to work and earned the paycheck. Fathers were usually not hands-on when it came to taking care of the children, with that responsibility left to the mothers. As more and more women began to join

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The Nurturing Father

The Nurturing Father

Family Therapy Sterling, VA In my work as a therapist, I have had the privilege to work with and know many fathers who are engaged in their children’s lives and in nurturing them to become emotionally healthy individuals. In a culture that often portrays dads as either insensitive, bumbling fools or angry, vigilante protectors, it can

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