Finding a Therapist: What You Need to Know

Leon's Existential Cafe

I’ve decided to write a blog post in the hope of helping people to find a psychotherapist that fits them and what they’re seeking in treatment. The question I get asked most by prospective patients is: how do I know which therapists are good and which aren’t? I, often, encourage patients to ask, and to continue to ask, these types of questions and to afford themselves the chance to explore a potential therapist’s assessment of their ailments, as well as her or his treatment recommendations. Too often, patients have complained that they hadn’t been able to what they were searching for in treatment. Rather than feedback, they received reframing. Instead of collaboration, they had to guess at what their therapist was thinking by means of interpreting head gestures and silence. In writing this post, my intention is to outline several questions prospective patients can ask themselves and their therapists to…

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A Big Announcement Coming In 2018

DreamBig 2018

I have something I will be talking about in 2018 that is incredibly personal; probably more personal than any topic I’ve ever discussed on my page.  It relates to something that has revealed itself in my therapy and I’m not even sure how I’m going to tackle it.  I know it is a big deal for me based solely on the fact that I have found myself reluctant to even discuss it at all and, based on the fact that I talk more openly on Dream Big than anywhere else in my life,  I have major reservations.

I have cried more this past week than I have over any one thing.  It has rocked me to my core and has created a lot of uncertainty in my spirit and mind; honestly I feel myself going into a bit of depression.  The only reason I don’t start writing about it now is I don’t think I am through the “processing” aspect of the realization.  In time I’ll begin writing about it and I can see Dream Big taking a slight turn in focus for quite some time.

For now I’m going to leave it alone, I simply wanted to let everyone know what is going on and what is in store for the future.  I hope all of you have a great New Year and a productive beginning to 2018!!

Your friend,


Did You Plan To Fail?



Nearly every person I know is a planner and has a planner. If not for these organizational whizzes, there would be no need for businesses that allow you to customize your own planners each year. I must admit that I marvel at…

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The Staircase Effect

This morning as I was praying about this post, I was reminded of my first position as a school leader.  I worked in a comprehensive high school with lots of stairs. Each set of stairs had a color, so it was really important to know…

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Welcome Dream Big Partner: Better Twogether!

I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: BetterTwogether:

Better Twogether

Here is an excerpt from the Better Twogethe

Michelle is a writer, Certified Life Coach, and a Master Teacher with 25 years of experience as a facilitator of learning and a school leader. From as far back as her young adult years, Michelle can recall having a passion for helping others — whether serving her local church and community or teaching in various schools throughout the United States, her desire to share her knowledge with others has been her life’s mission.

At the heart of who she is lies her values: relationships, balance, honesty, and commitment. These core values have served her well and are evident to all who meet her. According to Michelle, strong relationships are vital to successfully navigating life’s journey, and at the foundation is a relationship with God. Once you know him and live a life that’s pleasing to him, all other kinships or partnerships are sweeter as a result.

Equally important to Michelle is balance (or equilibrium). A life that is balanced is a fruitful one. The right mix of hard work, play time, reflection, and alone time is difficult to achieve at times, but that mix is necessary for living your best life. When your life is unbalanced, the result is stress, anxiety, or even physical pain. Michelle believes that finding the right mix to achieve balance is essential to living your best life now.

Honesty is the best policy or so the saying goes. Scripture also tells us that the truth shall set you free. Michelle is fair and honest with her clients because it’s what God expects from her, and it’s necessary in building strong relationships. A partnership built on half-truths or lies is in imminent danger of crumbling, but a relationship that is built on honesty can weather any storm.

Last on the list but certainly not least is commitment. Michelle’s commitment to loving and serving God is her top priority. She espouses the work ethic described in Colossians 3:23 — “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” A commitment like this guarantees honesty, balance, and a strong relationship.

Allow Coach Michelle to walk alongside you and help you move from where you are to where you want to go. Drop her a line at  to schedule your free 30-minute Discovery Call or Book It Now.

You can find the Better Twogether logo in my sidebar and on the Partners' Page at the top of my website!  When you visit be sure to tell her Danny sent ya!


Danny’s World: Shoulder Is Great!

Danny's mugMy shoulder held up well hitting golf balls.  Come to find out the issues I experienced were due to tightness from lack of use, not the pain from the rotator tear.  In physical therapy we have spent a couple hours per session stretching the shoulder muscles, especially the movements involved with reaching above my head.  The results are amazing.  I can now get a coffee cup out of the cupboard, put on my belt and use my left arm to drive the car.  I am glad I didn't have surgery!