1. Why won’t my friend just do what I say?

    Q: I love dogs so much that I became a vet tech. I have had dogs my whole life, and currently, I have three! My friend has been talking about getting a dog and I have tried my best to warn her about the commitment it entails. She lives alone and is always very busy with her job. She’s never had a dog, and when she talked to me about getting one, she seemed to have very unrealistic expectations. …Read More

  2. Who Will take over the family business?

    Q: My two siblings and I all work for our father in our family’s business. Lately my dad has been talking more about retirement and stepping back. The problem is, he built this business from the ground up and has always been heavily involved with the day to day decisions. He won’t seem to let go of the reins. How are we supposed to ever take over if he micromanages us until the 11th hour? Plus…Read More

  3. What are Executive Functions?

    What are Executive Functions? Executive functions are a core collection of higher order mental skills that help us to learn, work, manage our lives, and interact with others. They include: Inhibiting responses Working memory Emotional control Sustaining attention Beginning tasks Planning and prioritizing Organizing Time management Setting and working towards goals Flexibly shifting between tasks M…Read More

  4. Internal Family Systems’ Six-Step Process

    IFS founder, Dr. Richard Schwartz, believes that we all have several parts living within us that fulfill both healthy and unhealthy roles. Life events or trauma, however, can force us out of those healthy roles into extreme roles. The goal of IFS therapy is to help clients to achieve balance within their internal system and to differentiate and elevate the core healthy self so it can be an effect…Read More

  5. Can This Relationship Be Saved?

    Q: These past few years have taken a toll on my marriage. Being home with my family has been really stressful. When I tried to talk to my husband about how this extra stress is affecting our relationship he was frustrated with me. I decided not to bring it up anymore. Now I feel like there is nothing between us. He is always working or on his phone. I can’t bear it anymore. I’m so sad and I do…Read More

  6. The Bedwetting Secret

    Q: My son is 10-years-old and thanks to COVID has never had an overnight or a sleepover. We haven’t even visited family in over 3 years! But we’re all vaccinated now and excited to visit my parents in Wisconsin over spring break. Problem is that our son is still wetting the bed. He’s self-conscious about it and wants to keep it private, hoping I can help him keep it on the down low during th…Read More

  7. 3 Steps To New Years’ Resolution Success

    Q: Every year it’s the same: make a resolution and lose motivation for it in a week or so. Two years ago, it was going to the gym every day and last year, it was going outside with the family two times a week. Both dissolved in a matter of weeks. How do I make resolutions that stick? A: You are not alone; a lot of people tend to make resolutions that are abandoned fairly quickly. In fact, 80% of…Read More

  8. Did I Get Ghosted?

    Q: I was talking to a girl for a year, and we finally started dating in July. We hung out together constantly over the summer. Then college started and after a couple of weeks of texting, I suddenly stopped getting replies. I thought she got grounded or something, but it’s been a month, and still nothing. I don’t even see her in person, so it’s been really hard. Should I give up? A: It’s p…Read More

  9. Navigating Back to School Backlash

    Q: Schools are beginning to reopen and I’m thrilled for my kids. A bunch of my friends on Facebook have very opposite feelings. I feel like I can’t speak freely.  The topic feels unavoidable. Everyone is talking about it and I don’t want to ruffle feathers.    A: These are interesting and challenging times indeed! Whether it be school, face masks, or politics, we are faced with responding…Read More

  10. Valentine’s Day COVID Edition

    A: My partner and I are struggling to find time alone together. We have two teens who never leave the house. No overnights at their friend’s houses, no parties past curfew, no 9 weeks of summer camp in the Catskills. Meanwhile we can’t go to the movies or restaurants. Valentines’ s Day? Yeah, right; lol.  We’ve been around each other 24/7 since the pandemic began and we are starting to gr…Read More