March 14, 2020

The Word Kids Dread the Most and What to do about it

By Patrick Heard “No!”  It’s the word that kids seem to hate hearing from their parents or even other authority figures; teachers and coaches.  The response to that word is often a huge emotional reaction to pressure that adult to turn that two-letter word into an open door of freedom.   Sometimes […]
February 25, 2020

12 Minutes Toward Improving Your Family Life

By Stephen Willis, M.MFT., LPC, LMFT Dr. Linda Duncan is a Professor Emeritus at Tarleton State University. She found in her research that there are four times of the day when a few minutes of positive effort can influence a positive or negative outcome for the day. This is based on Chaos […]
February 12, 2020

Somewhere Over the Rainbow…

By Patrick Heard Have you tried to explain Autism to someone?  It’s not that easy is it? I often wonder how the person with Autism thinks about describing the “Big A”?  I thought about the song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in the movie, The Wizard of Oz.  Like Dorothy, people with Autism […]
November 21, 2019

Loving Boys, Broken Fathers

By Patrick Heard I walked with my little three-year-old client and his mother to the exit of my office. As we were walking, the little boy reached up and wrapped his fingers around my finger. When I opened the door, the little boy held out both hands gesturing for me to pick […]
September 4, 2019

What’s so terrible about being 2?

By: Patrick C. Heard  MA LPC LMFT I recently noticed an increase in very young children coming in for counseling. I thought seeing a three-year-old child and his or her parent was a good outside limit, but I never expected to see two-year olds and their parents in my counseling office. I […]
August 16, 2019

Family Rituals

By: Jayme Beal “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” -Mother Theresa When I meet with families in counseling one of my first questions I ask each family member is, “What is your favorite thing about your family? or “What is your favorite thing to […]