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Archive for December, 2014

Drug Court Participant Reflects on Life-Changing Program

While I was collecting my intern hours for my state licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist, I worked in an incarceration-diversion program.  As with any recovery programs, there is mixed participation from the clients, but it was there that I developed a love for working with people who truly wanted to kick their addictions.!

This article is a reflection piece of a one such participant.

If you would like more information on kicking your habit, I’m happy to talk with you! Email me through my website CoachingThroughChaos.com



Want more relationship satisfaction? Avoid “The Four Horsemen”!

Dr. John Gottman’s research on relationships has lead to his uncovering of 4 predictable relationship killers – he coined them “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”.  They are Criticism, Defensiveness, Stonewalling & Contempt. This animated video was recently released by The Gottman Institute to explain how the Four Horsemen can really spell trouble for your relationship.

If you’d like to know more, I practice Gottman Method Couples Therapy and would be happy to teach you some more effective ways of communicating with your partner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o30Ps-_8is&feature=youtu.begottman watching 4 horseman cartoon

picture credit: The Gottman Institute

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

xmas treeI wish all of you a happy holiday season! I truly hope you enjoyed the season, no matter what, or how, you celebrate 🙂

This last week of fun Santa-centric posts were meant to provide you with a giggle, not to be exclusionary and I hope you enjoyed them as such.


Believe in yourself Santa….hahah (or…hohoho!) ;)

belive in santa therapy


Therapy can be good for reliveing holiday stress

santa group therapy

Who gets to claim they are “in recovery”

For those working in the field or dealing with their own or someone else’s ventures in recovery from addiction, this is an interesting read.  Words have so much meaning  –  this poses some thoughts on how or why we would describe someone as “in recovery”.


time to reclaim recovery

Corporate Christmas humor ;)

corporate christmasRemember: You don’t HAVE to buy things for others for Christmas! Enjoy your time with those you so chose and appreciate the moments you get to have with them.  No one will remember the sweater you got Aunt Judy for xmas 2014, but they will remember the good times you had 🙂