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How to choose a psychologist or counselor
  • 06/01/2020 - Written by:

Making the decision to pursue therapy typically comes after a long struggle. Most people don’t jump to calling a therapist after struggling with an issue for a day or two. Instead, they struggle for months, if not years, before seeking professional help for mental health issues. It&rsquo...

13 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married
  • 05/01/2020 - Written by:

Choosing a life partner might be the single most important decision we make. It’s hard to think of another decision which has as big of an impact on our personal, professional, and family lives. Many people enter marriage unprepared for the strains and pressures that inevitably arise. The...

Loneliness and our health
  • 04/15/2020 - Written by:

Without question, loneliness is a health issue. The attached article suggests it is “deadlier than obesity”. Psychologists identify several types of loneliness. Social loneliness occurs when we don’t have enough friends for social contact. That type of loneliness is expected when we move to a new...

I’m Not Sure Our Relationship Will Survive the Coronavirus Quarantine
  • 03/22/2020 - Written by:

I occasionally write articles for WE Magazine for Women with my twin sister. She is also a therapist but, unfortunately for me, does not live in Joplin. We often write about relationships from the perspective of therapists who treat many couples in marital therapy. The following is a recent article...

How to Recognize Burnout before You’re Burned Out
  • 03/15/2020 - Written by:

Many of us know what burnout feels like. Joplin is a great place to live, but we're not spared the stress of life. Psychologists define burnout as "the feeling of physical and emotional exhaustion resulting from the stress of working under difficult or demanding conditions". It...

Want to lose weight? Stop trying.
  • 03/01/2020 - Written by:

We all know America has a weight problem and Joplin is no exception. Obesity is on the rise at a time when society increasingly prizes health and being lean. In our society, excess weight can affect our mood, confidence, and self-esteem. You have probably read statistics on how many...

Anxiety is outpacing depression
  • 02/15/2020 - Written by:

The idea that anxiety is more prevalent than depression should make us pause. After all, depression is alarmingly common. The National Institute of Mental Health found that 16 million adults have at least one major depressive episode each year. That's 7% of the population. What's more alarming is that 18%...

You Know You Are in a Bad Relationship When…
  • 02/02/2020 - Written by:

All couples disagree on certain topics. As a psychologist, I have heard quite a few disagreements in couples therapy sessions. And, of course, counselors and psychologists have disagreements with their own own partners. Learning how to disagree respectfully and fight fairly strengthens relationships. I have seen relationships transformed when couples...

6 Mental Habits of People Who Manage Their Emotions Remarkably Well
  • 08/15/2018 - Written by:

The research is clear: emotional intelligence improves just about every aspect of our lives. Daniel Goleman, a well-known psychologist, has published extensively on the ways in which emotional intelligence improves our personal and professional lives. There are countless books on how to raise emotionally intelligent children for good reason. Increasing...

Anxiety: How Much Is Too Much?
  • 07/15/2018 - Written by:

I’ve written about the anxiety epidemic on this blog before, and I’m sure I will again. It’s more common than depression and often coincides with depression. For decades, psychologists have identified anxiety as a widespread problem. Addressing the problem is tricky because the goal...

What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed
  • 06/15/2018 - Written by:

Suicide affects the entire country including Joplin. It shocks us when successful, loved individuals suffer from depression so severe they end their lives. Why would successful people who are loved by those close to them end their own lives? How could they do that to their children? What does...

10 minutes a day for a happier life
  • 05/15/2018 - Written by:

Who doesn’t want to be happier? It’s a subject of conversation in counseling offices across the country. People seek out counselors and psychologists to improve their lives and happiness is a core component of our overall health. There are an infinite number of experiences that bring...