May 12, 2017

As with any addiction, stressful events or a stressful environment in both the past and present can cause a person to begin a certain behavior or ingest a certain substance as a coping mechanism.

Addiction starts with a faulty belief system. For a sex addict, sex becomes their most important need. For an addict, his/her sexual behaviors or acting out, reveal how they think about life and themselves. This belief system is sometimes referred to as “impaired th...

May 11, 2017

We all have bad days. Sometimes we can respond with grace when things don't go our way, and sometimes we react like the toddler we saw writhing on the ground in the middle of the grocery store. It can feel like our circumstances, or people around us, dictate our behavior, but in fact, it is our ability to emotionally regulate that determines our behavioral outcome.

Emotional regulation is a multi-faceted process that involves monitoring, managing, and adjust...

March 21, 2017

There are differences of opinion over the concept of shame. Some would say all shame is bad. Others say that there is legitimate and illegitimate shame. Legitimate shame reminds us that we are not God. Legitimate shame exposes the things, objects or people that we use to find life. It often reveals what we demand of ourselves and others. It also offers the painful reminder that we don’t really have control over the world we live in. Shame that is illegitima...

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