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the foundation of relationships
The foundation of relationships is responsiveness. Human beings have an innate need for validation and connection. Research shows that quantity of interaction and responsiveness is more effective at building...

not…enough
I work with a lot of people who keep getting caught in the trap of thinking that they are: “Not … (Fill in the Blank) … Enough.” Do you...

learning to relax
One of the most valuable skills any of us can learn is to slow down and relax when we’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed. This is easier said than done,...

counting to ten is stupid
You’ve all heard that before, right, especially in dealing with anger? Take a deep breath and count to ten. “But I don’t want to count to ten, ok?! I’m...

the power of gratitude
Trying to appreciate yourself, your life, and those around you is a simple way to improve your mental health and increase your overall well-being. Although maintaining a sense of...

how to CHANGE your life
The magic word: change. Change sometimes feels so elusive, yet we yearn for it. We often think, “I really want to change, I just don’t know how. I’ve tried,...

mastery of your anxiety and worry
Two aspects of GAD (Generalized anxiety disorder): 1. Excessive Worry; 2. Physical Tension Both of these create a vicious cycle feeding off of each other. Driving you too hard....

helping children understand consequences
Parents have the responsibility of helping a child learn about future consequences. Anticipating consequences is called ‘wisdom’. One of the most effective ways to teach this principle is to...

electronic media
Research showed last week that the average kid spends 53 hours a week with electronic media / entertainment. Martin Seligman, Ph.D., a premier psychologist and researcher found that to...

where does our validation come from?
Externally Validated We all need validation. Validation means to make something valid, substantiate, or confirmed. Emotional validation boils down to receiving feedback from what we do and say. Everyone...