The Heart & Mind of Relationships: Supporting Mental Wellness

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to. ~Kahlil Gibran I want to finish up this month on the topic of relationships with something close my heart; our mental well-being. It is the reason I chose to pursue an education in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family – so that I could not only contribute to helping others, but to also help lower the sigma around mental health concerns. To encourage and expand on the hard conversations we often avoid. We are all susceptible to hits to our mental health, the loss of a job, a divorce, sick child, even changes in our own health can have us feeling out of control of ou

The Nature of Relationships

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” ~ Abraham Lincoln We learn about relationships from a young age, however not always in a positive way. We learn how to get attention, feel valued, and loved. Our vocabularies continue to expand, but our communication skills are often hindered out of misunderstanding. To complicate matters, each astrological sign brings with it positive and negative attributes. Our similarities draw us together, however, when another's unique traits show up we

Our Emotional Interiors

"Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience." ~Paul Cezanne February is the month that celebrates love. A human condition loaded with emotion. Astrologically our emotional composition relates to the sign and placement of our Moon. The Moon provides perspective to how we naturally manage what we feel, and the types of environments that support us. Therefore, knowing the location and sign of your Moon can provide insight for reflection. Emotions play a huge role in our life circumstances, moods, and how we interact in our relationships. Life cycles, transitions, and events can all play havoc with our emotions. As a result, we can feel stressed and burnt out. Stress, as w

Love You

"Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." ~ Carl Gustav Jung Ahhh LOVE! It’s such a euphoric feeling when we first fall in love with that special someone. We think constantly about our lover. Hormones amp up and we often overlook the shortcomings of our partner. We can become obsessed with reoccurring thoughts about our new found love, focused on the wonderful feelings surging through our body, the sex, or on the other side of the coin, the thoughts and fear of losing that love. Then there are the mating rituals - the repeated checking of our phone, primping of hair, makeup, and clothes. Sound familiar? You’re not alone! Incidentally, Dr. Donetella Marazziti at the University of

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