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.

Because I Hurt When She Hurts

Tim and Kelly shifted from being critical and angry to working together to build a positive future. Their psychotherapy group for couples gives feedback about the impact of knowing a couple who practices positivity daily.

Is Good Psychotherapy Worth the Investment?

Nick, age 55, gets unstuck when he and wife Barbara join together to invest in their own depth therapy to deal with how to feel passion, be more cognitively flexible, and create a happier marriage. They are glad they did.

Love Was Just Around the Corner

Just when Eva assumed love had passed her by it stopped to call and stayed a while. Perhaps the reason is that Eva has done superb work to strengthen her troubled family experiences and to build positivity and resilience. Join us as we stop in to see how she built her career and found a Valentine’s Day love just around the corner when she was 55.

The Unjealous Friend

Research informs us that generosity of spirit is a key quality for happy people. Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of my oft awarded friend, Afaf.

The Deep Dark Secret of Feeling Shy

Gathering her courage to buy a pair of jeans that show off her lithe body, Elizabeth works in therapy to confront her anxiety through cognitive therapy. Little by little plans are made to work though more challenging situations till the shyness is manageable for the first time in Elizabeth’s life.

Clueless: Bringing an Affair into the Open

Join Rolph as he tries to be honest and intimate with his wife about the infidelity that has plagued him. Marna is unable to consider his request to use therapy as a forum to work through legitimate concerns, and the two seem unable to cross the chasm that has separated them. Might you be denying hints your partner has been sending to you? A thought provoking topic….

I Know a Woman Who: The Magical Munchkin Years

Often the most important facet of happiness is under our nose. Join us in the story of grandmother Abbe, whose life teaches her quickly what is central to her happiness and how to achieve it with ease. Dr. Christopher Peterson taught her, and us, that “Other people matter. And we are among the other people who matter the most.”

“I Think I Can…I Think I Can”: The Creative Spirit

Dr Coche remembers her fondness for “the little blue engine that could” help her learn to overcome adversity. She shares the lesson of this tale with both her granddaughter and you, the reader, to help you remember four keys to creative living in 2015.

Outsmarting Grinchmanship

Nadia learns to outsmart husband Morris’ grinchmanship in order to create a joyous holiday for her and those she loves. Four principles from the science of happiness pave the way for her, and for you this holiday season.

Resourceful Resilience

Research on resilience indicates key strengths in bouncing back after life does a number on us. The Morrows provide inspiration for how we can grow after tragedy despite our sorrow.

Hardwired for Love

The human heart has its own reasons and, in the tussle with rational thought, often directs human behavior towards emotional fulfillment. Decades of research corroborate that humans most value loving well. Might this help you in a life goal?

Did Time Stop For You?

Join me as I visit with Maureen and her infant, Fawn, whose lives illustrate the power of fully engaging with each other and show us the core of living a flourishing life.

Uniquely You

Yoshi undervalues her ability as a psychotherapist and needs greater self esteem in order to credit herself as is deserved. Virginia Satir’s Declaration of Self Esteem provides a way to modeslty celebrate who you are.

They Live in My Heart

Diane carries the message of her therapy group in her heart as she tackles the seemingly overwhelming task of helping an alcoholic brother. Relationships have the power to increase courage to do the right thing despite great odds. Letting others know how much they mean creates a life force for all of us.

Touch Turns Existence Into Meaning

Join Dr Coche in a true life story of the near fatal "Widows' Maker" heart attack that husband John suffered in 2012! Learn how Dr Coche utilized the behavioral science research on touch to help John maximize his chance of full recovery.

The Power of Marital Love

Join Clem and Marie in the psychotherapy that helped them transform their marriage from dangerously near divorce to passionate and deeply meaningful. Learn the educational and therapeutic steps that allowed deep sadness to transform into both pleasure and satisfaction together.

My Necessity Is Your Luxury

Lauren is hooked on shopping but Matt, her husband of a few months, is both shocked and worried. Consider how our values drive our spending and how you might want to change in the future.

No Perfect People Allowed

Rebecca has spent her life trying to be perfect. Psychotherapy and research in positive psychology help her to see that optimal life goals might better be realistically set. To feel happy Rebecca learns to live in the present rather than in the future.

Lithe Limbs

Mary Catherine Bateson coined the term “Second Adulthood” to capture life between 55 and 80. Anna begins Pilates training at 68 and demonstrates the physical and spiritual exuberance that can occur when we follow life dreams during later years of adulthood.

The Heart Beneath That Hard Shell

As part of a vast assortment of legitimate ways to love one another, turtle owners Karin and Charlie love their turtle family and are loved in return. Love lives beneath our emotional shells just as it thrives under the very hard turtle shells of a love triangle.

The Woman Who Gave Herself Away

A powerful therapy group of women, led by a skilled certified group psychotherapist, help Jana reign in her temptation to put herself last in the interest of a good Mother-daughter relationship. A few key questions for the reader help determine whether self esteem is too low.

Penelope’s Water Walk

A sophisticated cat owner commits to giving his aged, incontinent cat swimming therapy in hopes that she can reuse her litter box before her death. Whitby, our aging dog, receives acupuncture to extend his mobility as a herniated disc creates pain. The commitment of these extraordinary pet owners demonstrate the strength of the human spirit to overcome adversity.

A Year Like No Other

Husband John Anderson defies all the odds by withstanding 3 occurrences of “code red,” or medical death after a sudden heart attack. Facing his “Come to Buddha” moment, John chooses life despite great odds to the contrary.

Just Old

12-year-old Portuguese water dog Whitby Anderson overcomes an initial diagnosis that would have written off his value due to old age. Instead, canine medical specialists sustain both his life and his best years through skillful interventions.

Sissy Power

Granddaughters Ava and Sara demonstrate the tenacity of the sister bond through lovingly protective behavior, secret language, and mimicry. This powerful combination of deep love and rivalry creates the powerful intimacy sisters share life long.

How Happy is your Marriage?

Maslow reports that the most crucial skill is knowing how to love and positive psychology research agrees. Take our quick rating scale to determine how many danger points you score in your own relationship.

The Happiest Marriage in the World

Based on decades of clinical work with couples, this recipe for marital success reflects current research and requires grit and commitment to achieve. How do you score on our quick questionnaire?

Marital Guts

Famous author Paul West recouperates from a devastating stroke as his famous wife Diane Ackerman encourages him to bestow upon her daily pet names. Damage to his brain creates quirky nicknames for Diane and helps Paul regain his gift of language despite low odds.

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