Questions to Ask your Couple’s Counselor

How will you know your Couple’s Counselor is qualified? If you need help with your relationship, it is CRITICAL that you find a professional who has training, experience, and skills in counseling couples.  Relationship therapy is a specialty, and most mental health professionals did not receive any direct training in couple’s counseling in their graduate programs.  That’s […]

Going Back to Go Forward

Going Back… When you look back and think about your struggles, what have been your same-old hangups year after year?  I’m writing to those who have been on the journey for a bit.   Despite your best efforts, do you still struggle with old junk, old pain-in-the-neck muck, old voices, doubts, and patterns & habits […]

New Orleans Couples Therapist, Premarital Counseling, and…

Couples counseling… it’s not the only thing I do. When potential clients discover that I am available for appointments only a few days per week, they often wonder what I do with the remainder of my time.  I’d like to use this post to share some of my other professional (and personal) activities. Past-President – Louisiana […]

Summer Parenting Challenge

Summer Parenting Challenge Ahhhh, Summer is in the air!  The trees have budded, the grass is growing, the thunderstorms are rolling, and the kids are getting antsy.  For parents, this time of year is filled with anxious exams, field trips, and school parties.  It’s that time of year when kids transition from their school schedules […]

Couples Counseling Near Me…

Thinking of Couple’s Counseling? While there are lots of great counselors, therapists, social workers, psychologists, and other helping professionals in the New Orleans area, not all of them are trained to counsel couples.  In this post, I’ll describe a few qualities that you should look for when considering a good couple’s counselor. Look for a Couple’s […]

When to get Kids a cell phone

Getting your kid a cell phone?   Use a Phone Contract to help them…use their phone responsibly, yet be where they’re at, with whom they’re with. Are you considering getting your kid a cell phone?  When to take that plunge is often a difficult step for parents, as is setting limits on cell phone use. […]

Social Media Vacation

Is your connection to your phone causing disconnection with your partner? First, let me be clear, I love my phone.  It’s filled with so much great information. Almost daily I use the more-computer-than-phone in my pocket to check email, respond to students, text family, schedule clients, reorder my fantasy team, pay a bill, edit a […]

Male Friendships

“I have friends…” and other half-truths men tell themselves Recently a friend called me unexpectedly.   Him: “Bro, I’m having neck surgery tomorrow.  Just thought you should know.  I’m worried about my kids.”   Me: “What?  Why?  Is everything ok?” Him: “Yeah. It’s ok.  I’ve had some problems with my back….  It’ll probably be fine…. […]

Stuff I Love!

Family Therapy Resources My students will tell you that I’m a fan of information.  I love real stories from real people about the struggles and victories experienced in life.  Below is a list of content that has enhanced me as a person and as a professional counselor.  Enjoy! Podcasts: *Each links to a good episode […]

Holiday Gifts… or burdens?

This post was collaboratively authored with financial planner (and friend) Erik Garcia.  Visit his website to learn more. We’re family guys, gift givers, and holiday celebrants, but we’re both tired of seeing our clients struggle through the financial pressure of holiday over-spending.   The (pressure) culture of Christmas gift-giving has for too many become overly […]