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Characteristics of Successful Parents

By Sharon Wegman | October 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Characteristics of Successful Parents

Characteristics of Successful Parents Parenting is the toughest job out there.  It triggers more emotional reactions than we could ever imagine before walking out the journey of parenting.  Each phase of the child’s development triggers different responses from us, but the underlying theme is powerlessness.  Am I doing this right? Am I messing up my…

A Dozen Ways You Can Help a Person Who is Struggling

By Sharon Wegman | October 11, 2018 | Comments Off on A Dozen Ways You Can Help a Person Who is Struggling

From the dawn of time, we have documented stories from the Bible in which people did not know how to help others who were grieving and in emotional and physical pain.  There are so many reasons that people are not skilled in helping those in distress. Those reasons can range from their own childhood trauma,…

Who Are You Listening To?

By Sharon Wegman | October 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Who Are You Listening To?

Doing new things can be scary. In fact, most people sit across from me saying that they don’t like change and I tell them, “You are pretty normal. Most people don’t like change.” In fact, most people would venture to say that while they want to change their lives, the changes necessary for change are…

Emotionally Healthy Dating Relationships

By Sharon Wegman | September 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Emotionally Healthy Dating Relationships

I had a funny dream the other night. In the dream, I was at a hair salon getting a service done to my hair and the price quoted to me kept changing until the time of payment. The price quoted went from $30 to $300, $30,000, and finally $300,000!  Obviously, the whole dream was ridiculous,…

Manipulation in Relationships

By Sharon Wegman | August 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Manipulation in Relationships

Manipulation in relationships is pervasive in all relationships in life.  Be it our relationships with our significant other, our child or with a friend, most people resort to some form of manipulation in the course of their life to get what they want without having to be vulnerable and state exact needs.  We fear vulnerability…

Thou Shalt Not Steal From Others

By Sharon Wegman | July 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Thou Shalt Not Steal From Others

“Thou shalt not steal from others” means much more than just not stealing physical property. I came to this realization when I read a portion of “The Practical Bible” by Dennis Prager. People typically speak about the 8th commandment “Do not steal.” strictly from the viewpoint of physical theft. Yet, in the Hebrew translations of…

Mental Health and The Church

By Sharon Wegman | July 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Mental Health and The Church

There is a different kind of math that we as therapists use when we meet people. I refer to it as therapy math. It is different because we are assessing people based on their family mental health history, traumas, life experiences, childhood communication patterns, and a number of other assessment tools. These different factors help…

Do You Stink?

By Sharon Wegman | June 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Do You Stink?

Do You Stink? Recently the power went out in the building where I work and I wound up having to do three counseling sessions via candlelight that night.  The candle lighting was subtle, however, the fumes from the five different candles were so overwhelming that they overpowered my sense of smell.  I was so overcome…

Help With The Feelings of Summer

Summer: When the Kids are Home and Moms Go Crazy!

By Sharon Wegman | May 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Summer: When the Kids are Home and Moms Go Crazy!

School summer vacation has an immense undercurrent to it these days.  Below the surface of the joy that the children feel about summer vacation from school, there exists a hint of angst when parents think about children being home in summer.  It is rare though when a parent openly shares their negative feelings of shame…

You are only defined by your mistakes if you give the mistake the power to drive your life

By Sharon Wegman | May 4, 2018 | Comments Off on You are only defined by your mistakes if you give the mistake the power to drive your life

In the past several months, there have been several very costly mistakes made by the members of my household, including yours truly.  In my case, it was a mistake that cost thousands of dollars and was the single largest mistake of my adult life.  However, as time and perspective have added to the event, there…