“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker


“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.” – Robert Bach


“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.” Reinhold Niebuhr.

Coping with Anxiety

I think of anxiety as the result of what our self-defense mechanism within our body creates for us whenever it perceives threat or possible danger. Our past experiences dictate whether a new situation should be regarded as a positive, neutral or negative event. These experiences form a filter which routes the event into any of


“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran

>”I’m not sure if I have a problem with alcohol or drugs.”

Have you struggled with this concern? When alcohol use or other substance use is increasing to a point where this question begins to arise, it’s usually a sign that a problem could be developing.  Some individuals deny or minimize their usage habits whereas others choose to face it head-on.  In the beginning, during early stages of

Couples’ Therapy Series (Part I)

W. Myles Hassler, MS, LPC, NCC, MAC    Atlanta, GA This is the first entry in a series of upcoming blog posts which will address couples’ therapy.  The goal for these segments is to inform readers who may be contemplating couples work on the myths associated with the therapy experience, the expectations that clients have for

What is Stress?

What is stress? Stress is a part of your mind and body’s self defense system. Physiologically and psychologically speaking, stress is actually your first line of defense against uncertainty, imbalance, or any threat to your well being. Stress can be manifest in several forms. Some people respond to stress by becoming agitated, angry, keyed up,

Navigating the Challenges of Change and Transition

  Change is an ancient and powerful force. Change affects everything – mountain ranges, ocean shores, and human hearts. Even the seemingly changeless stars in the sky are in a state of movement and transition. In our personal lives, change can happen anywhere, any time. Some changes are simple and voluntary, like a change in


“You can always cope with the now but you can never cope with the future – nor do you have to. The answer, the strength, the right action, or the resource will be there when you need it, not before, not after.” – Ekhart Tolle  

SAP Evaluations – D.O.T. (Department of Transportation)

If you are seeking a SAP Evaluation due to a D.O.T. violation, the following information will be helpful in initially explaining the requirements you will need to complete and adhere to in order to return to a “safety-sensitive” assignment. The rules are very specific and very rigid but do-able for those who enter the process.

D.U.I. Evaluations/Alcohol-Drug Evaluations

I have been providing D.U.I. evaluations for self-referred and attorney-referred clients since 1993. I am a past Clinical Evaluator for the State of Georgia’s Multiple D.U.I. Offender Program and actually was one of the initial clinicians on the inception of their program. Currently, most of my evaluations are attorney-referred for clients who have received a


After experiencing a common presentation among counseling clients who speak of past hurts, past betrayals, past chronic struggles of anger, I remembered something I read from Claudia Black, Ph.D., in a book she wrote, “Changing Course.” Although she is known in the addiction field, her comments regarding forgiveness are global in nature and helpful for


1.  Treat your partner as if you were first dating. 2.  Find at least one positive thing to say to your partner each day. 3.  A 5-second affectionate touch or hug can set the tone for the day. 4.  Listening is different than hearing:  Summarize what your partner has said and respond back with that. 

A Thought About Open Relationships

Open relationships aren’t for everyone.  But what are they? How do they work? How do you know if they’re right for you?  This is a HUGE topic area filled with equally huge questions. As a therapist, I found myself questioning my own morals, beliefs and ideas about what this means.  It was a foreign concept to

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