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Maud Purcell, LCSW, CEAP

Articles by Maud Purcell, LCSW, CEAP:

  • The Truth about Grief and Loss
    17 May 2016

    Lauren was frightened. She considered herself to be a resilient, “no-nonsense” woman. Since the death of her dad, however, she had fallen apart, and feared that she wouldn’t be able […]

  • Don’t Think! Thrive Your Way Through Transition
    17 May 2016

    Plants gracefully adapt to change, and so do most living creatures. Transition is a normal part of the life cycle for all living things. But we women (and men) make […]

  • Finding Peace of Mind by Choosing What You Have
    17 May 2016

    Each of us should enter the world with a warning label attached: “Beware! I am forever destined to long for what I don’t have.” The desire to have “more and […]

  • Growing Healthy Friendships
    17 May 2016

    What is a “friend”? Webster’s Third Dictionary even appears confused on the subject. The dictionary offers multiple definitions for friend, some of which are contradictory. To me, a friend is […]

  • The Health Benefits of Journaling
    17 May 2016

    I’ll bet you write (or word process) daily. If you are like most women, you record only what you must. In an effort to change your mind and your habits, […]

  • Guilt: The Crippling Emotion
    17 May 2016

    Guilt. Rarely has one small word been so widely misunderstood. Guilt is frequently viewed as a virtue, as a high sense of responsibility and morality. The truth, however, is that […]

  • Make ‘Successful’ Mistakes
    17 May 2016

    “Successful mistakes.” Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Can there actually be a link between blunders and success? The answer to this question is a resounding yes! As human beings […]

  • Manage Your Time — Don’t Let It Manage You
    17 May 2016

    Does the phrase “time management” strike terror in your heart? If so, you aren’t alone. Virtually every woman who enters my office is upset by her inability to make better […]

  • Finding, and Keeping, a Healthy Life Balance
    17 May 2016

    It’s always the same story. A woman comes into my office feeling like she is having a “nervous breakdown” or as though her relationship is “on the rocks.” The problem […]

  • The Self-Confidence Formula for Women
    17 May 2016

    We don’t enter the world with it. No one has it all of the time. Talking about it won’t help you gain it. I’m referring to self-confidence. We women have […]

  • You Can Rewrite Your Life
    17 May 2016

    Feel like you made a wrong life turn? If so, you are not alone. Every day, women tell me that they aren’t living the life they want. And now they […]

  • Team Players on the Home Front
    17 May 2016

    Every day I meet with couples who are overwhelmed with responsibilities on the home front. Dual-career couples find it particularly hard to keep the chaos in check. Add kids to […]

  • Accentuate the Positive
    17 May 2016

    Her glass was half empty. Despite good health, great looks and a successful career, Ellen religiously found something to stew about. Meanwhile, Melanie was wrestling with round two of a […]

  • Reviving Your Marriage
    17 May 2016

    Is your marriage alive and well, or is it time to dial 911? Chances are the health of your relationship falls somewhere in the middle — slightly out of shape […]

  • Making Conversation: A Skill, Not an Art
    17 May 2016

    Do cocktail parties strike terror in your heart? If so, you are not alone. Although the ability to converse with others comes naturally to some, it is a skill that […]

  • Beating the Holiday Blues
    17 May 2016

    Joy to the world! ‘Tis the season to be jolly! Festive music fills the air; holiday cheer abounds. Everyone is happy at holiday time — right? Wrong. Truth be told, […]

  • Aging Parents and Your Emotional Well-Being
    17 May 2016

    Browse the bookstore. Check the Web. You’ll find extensive information about how to assist your aging parents. What you’re unlikely to find, however, is help for the myriad feelings you […]

  • The Healing Power of Humor
    17 May 2016

    The Ojibway tribe recognized it. The Old Testament even references the healing properties of humor: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” Although our ancestors couldn’t explain it scientifically, […]

  • Building Responsible Kids
    17 May 2016

    Responsible kids. Sounds like an oxymoron! After all, aren’t children the definition of irresponsible? Well, let me clear up this commonly held misconception. Kids are born with the capacity to […]

  • How To Create a Healthy, Adult Relationship With Mom and Dad
    17 May 2016

    The problem is as old as time. It’s the stuff of which Greek myths, novels and screen plays are made. I’m referring to the love/hate relationship between parents and their […]

  • Love Isn’t Enough: How to Like Your Kids
    17 May 2016

    I can still see Anna’s face. She sat on my couch, weary and careworn, wrestling with some daunting concerns. But when I asked about her kids, her face lit up. […]

  • Multipurpose Moms
    17 May 2016

    How many hats do you wear? Do your roles include: mother, wife, career woman, organizer, negotiator, taxi service, psychologist, cook, lover, friend and role model? To refer to you as […]

  • How to Talk With Your Teenagers, Not at Them
    17 May 2016

    “Why can’t they be like we were?” Parents of teens ask themselves this and other preposterous questions as they navigate the treacherous waters of parenthood. Truth is, all healthy teens […]

  • The 10 Secrets of Happy Couples
    17 May 2016

    They might be 30, or 75. They come in all colors, shapes, sizes and income brackets. It doesn’t matter how long they’ve been together. Whatever the demographics, when you see […]

  • Demystifying Decision-Making
    17 May 2016

    Put gender and politics aside. Harry Truman was the quintessential decision-maker. Although he wasn’t educated beyond high school, he intuitively knew how to make decisions. And once he made one […]

  • Keeping You Without Losing Him
    17 May 2016

    We had it all figured out back in the ’70s: If it weren’t for societal influences, men and women would be just alike, right? Wrong. Over time, scientific studies have […]

  • Stress-Proof Your Work Life
    17 May 2016

    I could rattle off all the usual suspects — exercise, sleep, nutrition, meditation, massage and yoga. But you’ve heard all that before, haven’t you? And you’ve tried to implement these […]