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Innately Interwoven: Foundations of the Human-Animal Bond

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.”—Bern Williams   I will always remember bringing my puppy home for the first time. She was two months old, soft, warm, cuddly…and a lot of work!  After two long nights in which she woke me hourly with her little cries, I took [...]

By | 2017-11-02T15:37:44+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Counseling, Family, Human-animal bond, Love, Puppy, Relationships, Therapy, Wellness|Comments Off on Innately Interwoven: Foundations of the Human-Animal Bond

Preparing For College: Part One

Before moving into full-time clinical work, I was a professor at Northern Illinois University in the Psychology Department. I really enjoyed teaching and mentoring, and at the same time, I realized how much I missed doing direct clinical work, which is why I moved into full-time clinical practice and was fortunate enough to join EDGE [...]

By | 2017-08-29T15:31:06+00:00 August 29th, 2017|College, Counseling, Professors, students, Tutoring|0 Comments

Mindfulness In Practice: Part Three

Becoming more regularly aware of your current thoughts, feelings and physical sensations is another way to continue your mindfulness practice. While this intention seems relatively simple, it can be challenging to enact. Taking a moment to pay attention to yourself and what is happening around you is not the default mode for many, as [...]

Mindfulness in Practice: Part Two

 Mindfulness in Practice Part Two In order to practice mindfulness, it can be easier to direct your focus on a specific task or target to present moment awareness. For instance, “single-tasking,” or focusing completely on whatever you’re doing (e.g., taking a shower, washing the dishes, walking), is a great starting point. Use all five senses [...]