The Challenge of Honesty in Psychotherapy

Chip, in long standing couples therapy with his wife to improve sex and intimacy, finds that painful honesty with their therapist facilitates great sex and intimacy at home.

Surfing Your Creativity: Key to an Optimal Life

World-class editor Betsy Rapoport shares wisdom on how to find what really matters most.

Can You Trust Candy From Your Neighbors?

A taste of old fashioned neighborhood spirit reminds us how crucial it is to our well-being to feel safe at home.

Play as Antidote to Depression and Anxiety? Yes, Really!

A recent party invitation sparks interest in researching the tremendous benefit of spontaneous and unstructured play in treating human ills.

Coupling: Present. Tense!

The legality of the increased range of variations in human coupling has created a complex interpersonal situation for all involved.

Ava’s Shelled Friends: Motivating Children’s Learning

Ava and Sara learn to appreciate the ecosystem in their playtime with our famous neighboring turtles.

A Flood of Trouble: Handling Natural Disaters

Self-care is imperative during and after a natural disaster like the flooding of the East Coast this week. Join us as Mandy helps husband Jim after his stroke.

Philadelphia “Gives It Up!” for Pope Francis

The Pope spoke at a meeting devoted to the importance of the family grace Philadelphia and remind millions of world citizens of the need for solid family values as the center of their being.

Athletic? Who, Me? Just What Is an Athletic Senior?

Learning to take advantage of your opportunity to move, and finding activities you love to do is the path towards fitness at any age.

Time for Change: Four Steps Towards Fighting Anxiety

Max battles his smoking habit and finds help with the anxiety that had prevented him from enjoying better health. Four steps help him to create a healthy new start.

“Friss Die Haelfte!”

After 35+ years of specialization in eating control, in 2013 I designed a small clinical program, which oversees weight control, exercise and emotional management for post-menopausal women with double diagnoses. I called the program Lean On Me, because the double entrendre connotes the power of group interaction to help with what seems impossible, as well as the optimal li

Your Opportunity to Move

Dr. Segar, who directs the Sport, Health and Activity Research and Policy Center at the University of Michigan, extols the virtues of our innate opportunity to move through space or water at our own will and in our own way. Taking this concept to its logical completion we begin to understand the vast importance of her thinking.

Groovin’ on Movin’: A Model for Movement

Kate McFetridge, US silver medalist in the 2015 Pan American games, hopes to row for the US Olympic team in 2016. Join us at Vesper Boat Club as she teaches Ava, 9 and Sara, 5,how to avoid pediatric obesity and grow to adulthood intelligent, beautiful, and groovin' on movin".

One Less Hamburger: Dealing With Loss on Labor Day

Holidays are really tough when somebody has died. Summer has many holidays that honor folks we love. First we honor our fallen veterans, then we honor our mothers and, before July appears, we honor our Fathers. We honor our Independence and, at the end of the summer, we honor the workers who support our country.

Just a Spoonful of Sugar?

Jana finds that she craves sugar every night at about 9:00 PM. With help she gains control over her cravings. But how?

The Pet Privilege: How Animals Help Children Thrive

Granddaughters Ava and Sara discuss their delight in owning their cats, Ellie and Rudy, and describe their enjoyment of frequent visits with our dogs, Bliss and Oakley. Research underscores that pet ownership and animal interaction can assist children in optimal life development in some surprising ways.

The Best Place to Be Is Together

A sense of peace and relaxation is the largest benefit from a vacation according to experts. Five guidelines help you return relaxed and happy.

Learning From the Inside Out

Learning from the inside out centers around the role of emotion in shaping our lives. Disney’s new film, Inside Out, presents current thinking in neuroscience in a format that allows animated characters to teach us how to live life.

Keep in Step: The Complexity of Stepfamilies

Lynne works with the underlying complexity of her stepfamily to create strong family bonds.

“Minding” Egrets—Humility In Being Human

Waking at her beach cottage, Dr Coche reflects on the overarching presence of graceful white egrets in her summer world. She reminds us of conservationist Marc Bekoff’s warning: “We bear a human imperative to honor and preserve other species planet wide.”

Harnessing the Freedom to Choose Success

Arms folded in front of her, Jana tried to remain calm in the face of a challenge from her parents and me. Joan and Ron, successful professionals who had grown up in the drug scene of the 1970s, were stuck. They agreed that her diagnosis of abuse of alcohol ought not to be ignored, but did not want to “crimp her style” or lead her into a rebellion which might lead her to

Lavender, Roses, and Oh So Much More

Health benefits of gardening indicate that it is worth the effort as an investment, not only for the beauty, but for augmented mental and physical health.

Lessons on Safari: Putting Humans in Their Place

An African photo safari provides the pathway to internalize the power of animal life in our world.

Live Like You Were Dying

A sign on the refrigerator of my South African hostess reads “Find life experiences and swallow them whole. Travel. Meet many people. Go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. Try everything. Exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life…” -Lawrence K. Fish

Mama Bliss

Mama Bliss, a stellar Portuguese water dog, provides mothering in the most surprising way.

Lovely Me

Amy loses weight by squarely facing her emotional eating patterns and envisions living the life in the body of her choice.

Gracing Clients’ Lives

Boomer died suddenly at age 9, leaving a trail of progeny and well wishes for his therapy work with clients.

Back in the Swim

Ambivalent about permission to move on with her life after early widowhood, Angie has spent three years going through classic stages of grieving. As a widow, I understand and help her to free her energies to move into warm weather with a spring in her step.

A Few Drinks After Work

Nadine fools herself into thinking she can manage her drinking, but psychological assessment indicates danger unless she gets needed help. Six questions can help you see if you or someone you love needs help.

Healing the Wounded Heart

Karen, a psychiatric nurse, connects her personal insecurity with the early loss of her Mother. As her therapist, I decide to self disclose that I became a young widow, and I understand. Together, we consider life after loss.