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Relationships: How Criticism Can Drive Someone Away

Below is an article written by a married woman who caught herself criticizing her husband over trivial things rather than focusing on his positive qualities. It was ruining her relationship. She realized her attitude toward him was causing him to feel unloved, unvalued, and basically treated like a child. In her case, her husband had […]

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Individual Counseling

Counseling for Life Stress: Taking Detours

When I provide counseling to people in my Grand Rapids counseling office, they often make progress for a few weeks, then have a day or two when things don’t go as planned. For some people, they tend to view these momentary setbacks as some kind of failure, or proof that they are “always” screwing things up. In […]

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Individual Counseling Teenagers

Counseling for self-esteem: “I tried it on and it fit”

As a counselor for teenagers and college students, I often see clients who are struggling with personal identity and need counseling for self-esteem and to develop a personal sense of identify. High school students, college students, and young adults often have trouble figuring out who they are and exactly how they should navigate their world. […]

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Marriage Counseling Relationships

Solution Focused Counseling helps Marriages

When couples come to counseling to resolve marital issues, one thing they often hope for is that the therapist will be able to help the other person finally realize how wrong they have been and admit to it, then do things differently from now on. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work that way. I’ve rarely observed someone who […]

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Children Parenting Teenagers

Successful Parenting: Parental Screen Addiction

As a therapist who works with lots of teenagers, I often talking about successful parenting skills. I often caution parents about not letting their kids spend too much time playing video games or playing on their iPhones. However, over the past couple of years, it seems just as important to remind parents about their own […]