What is Childhood Trauma and How to Heal I was recently asked what exactly childhood trauma is. What constitutes childhood trauma and how does that trauma impact our lives as adults? While the Wikipedia page on childhood trauma provides an in depth and heavily-referenced treatment on the topic, I found this article from Very Well Minds which discusses the effects of childhood trauma. I believe it offers us a very clear insight into the nature of childhood trauma and…

As the Gender Pendulum Swings: True Equality and the Crisis of Men Over the years of working with hundreds, if not thousands of clients, I have come to believe that men deserve more praise, love, and compassion. If that sentences raises your hackles, hear me out first. Like most people, I have had the good fortune to grow up around men that were decent and honorable; great men who served their country, their communities, and…

The Power of Do It Now!: Why We Fail to Get Things Done One of the components of my MaxxMethod is Do It Now! This component is designed to aid my clients in taking action and working towards accomplishing their goals and realizing their dreams. In my two decades of working with clients, one of things I hear the most is that people often understand what it is they desire and how want to live…

Searching for Love Outside of YourselfAt the core of every individual is the desired to be loved. At our very foundation, as social beings, is the need to feel a sense of belonging, that we matter. There is no greater sense of purpose or belonging than the security that accompanies our knowing that we are indeed loved.In my years of working with clients, I have witnessed all too often, individuals who believe that if they…

7 Ways to Boost Your Mental Health Naturally Throughout my years of working with clients, I have found that many of them – when dealing with difficult emotions, anxiety, and mild-depression – are often prescribed psychotropics medications. My concern is we don’t learn how to cope with normal ups, downs and lows in our life. While I always encourage my clients to seek out the mental health care they need, I also believe it’s much…

Thoughts vs. Emotions: Understanding the Difference Can Make a Difference Two facets of my MaxxMethod approach are thoughts and emotions. At the beginning of working on Personal Development, when asked how we feel, we often respond with a thought.Since many of us have trouble identifying the difference between the two, I thought it would be an important topic. This first step is becoming aware of their difference and how each influences and shapes our lives.…

Understanding Emotional IntelligenceHow we manage our lives and interact with others lies in our ability to interpret our emotions and the emotions of others. Yet, nobody every teaches us. We are taught many things throughout school; however, we are not taught how to manage our emotions and thoughts. The management and understanding of our individual emotional circumstances as well as the emotional states of others is Emotional Intelligence and central to the work I do.Unlike…

More on Mindfulness: A Sense of Newness One of the major facets of my coaching practice involves taking the time to investigate new approaches and tools that can aid us in our journey in becoming who we are and maximizing our human potential. One of the more popular mindfulness tools on the market is Headspace; an app that assists users with meditation and incorporating mindfulness into their daily lives (you can read a review of…

What the Hell Do We Do with Our Emotions? If you’ve been following my blog, you may have read my “Secret to Healing Our Emotions” a lighthearted article on a serious topic that, unfortunately, carries a ton of stigma. We are often taught to avoid, deflect, and even numb our emotions in self-destructive ways.One of the issues we face when it comes to managing our emotions, particularly the difficult ones, is that we approach them…

The Secret to Healing Our EmotionsHave you ever felt like you were going to faint or have a heart attack over a breakup, failed project, or embarrassing memory from the past? A feeling that is so uncomfortable that it is going to suck the life right out of you and literally put you in an early grave?Well, I have some good news: it won’t!Some emotions may bring you to your knees and make you feel…

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