Category Archives: Risk

Two Therapists Talking: Creating Space for Change

In this episode of Two Therapists Talking, Jasmine St. John and I discuss how wanting change in others requires allowing space for those changes to occur. If you have questions or a topic you’d like to hear us discuss, write us … Continue reading

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Taking a Chance on Change

Change. It seems like it should be so easy. Things are this way. I want them to be that way. I’ll simply do it differently. If only it worked like that all of the time. But too often it doesn’t. … Continue reading

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Out of the Mouths’ of Babes…I Mean Sportswriters…

I am a fan of the Green Bay Packers. I was born and raised in Wisconsin so it mostly goes with the territory. I particularly enjoy reading a blog on the team’s website called Ask Vic written by Vic Ketchman. … Continue reading

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What’s Good for the Goose…

A friend shared the following article by Emma Gray (via The Huffington Post) titled 23 Things Every Woman Should Stop Doing with me. She loved the article, as do I. Her most interesting comment was that she thought this advice applied to … Continue reading

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Two Therapists Talking: The Difference Between Fear and Risk

In this episode of Two Therapists Talking, Jasmine St. John and I discuss the difference between our fears and actual risk. If you have questions or a topic you’d like to hear us discuss, write us at

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We Can All Use a Little Help Sometimes…

I had the opportunity to sit in a session with another therapist the other day. I loved having the chance because I think this therapist is one of the best I know.  During the session she used a concept that … Continue reading

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Emotional Connection…What Is It?

Emotional connection is a phrase that is often used in therapy. We hear about it frequently.  People say they want it.  I’ve heard people say, “we met and had an instant emotional connection.” Others often say they don’t feel emotionally … Continue reading

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Biting Off Your Nose…

When I was a child my mother often accused me of “biting off my nose to spite my face.”  In other words, I’d do something that would cause me to suffer just because I was mad about something else that … Continue reading

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Spinning a Tale…

Here I go again.  Another post centered on a TED Talk.  What can I say?  I’m a huge fan.  If I was young and hip I might say I was a fanboy.  Fortunately I don’t suffer from any illusions that … Continue reading

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Diving in the Deep End…

When I hear those lyrics I am reminded of so many of my clients. They come into therapy wanting deeper, more connected relationships.  They have some idea of where there want to be.  They’ve waded into a relationship and they … Continue reading

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