Sharon L Ward, MS, LPC, NCC



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Private Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Therapy 

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The Extraordinary Gift of Being Ordinary

Posted on August 4, 2022 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (475)

I was excited to see that Dr. Ron Siegel had put out a new book and this one does not disappoint. For those who are living a reasonably good life and find themselves discouraged and frustrated or others who are perfectionists and finding that this is creating problems, this is a great resource. Dr. Siegel uses a very conversational style and has many links to audio files that allow you do do more in-depth exploration. He explains the reasons why we get so tied up in knots and gives lots of su...

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Food for Thought

Posted on November 20, 2021 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (3052)

This idea occured to me the other day:

Acceptance leads to compassion

Compassion leads to action

Action leads to change. 

May you accept yourself and treat yourself with the kind of compassion that leads to the changes you seek for yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving


Great Parenting Book

Posted on July 31, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (7623)
Raising Responsible, Emotionally Mature Children by Roger Allen This is a great companion book to Parenting with Love and Logic. Allen's book really speaks to the tone and attitude one needs to take when using natural consequences and other Love and Logic techniques. It is also an easy read. I highly encourage parents to get both books and read them before implementing Love and Logic techniques which can come across as sarcastic if the parent isn't careful. Here's the link to the book on A... Read Full Post »

Caregiving for Alzheimer's/Dementia

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (32724)

I have been a caregiver [both in state and out of state] for a family member since 2011. I wrote this piece for a panel presentation and have decided to share it with you here. This is a list of things that I wish I had known when I started this journey. I hope you find it helpful. If you use it for other than personal use, I do ask that you cite me as the source. I wish you peace and patience on this journey.


What I Wish I Had Known…

(about caring for someo...

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Boundaries in Dating by Cloud and Townsend

Posted on May 9, 2018 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (102059)
Drs. Cloud and Townsend have written many books on boundaries, but this is the one I refer to the most. I find it helpful for parents whose children are moving into the world of dating [it gives them some good questions and ways to talk about the dating process] as well as adults who are want to improve their dating experiences. It highlights red flags to watch for both within themselves and those they are dating. Please note that the newest edition has a rather aggressive cover of a big red lip... Read Full Post »

An Altar In the World by Barbara Brown Taylor

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (17583)

For those who are weary of or struggle with some of some aspects of organized religion, this book provides a welcome refreshing view of God and God's presence in our lives and our world.

Who Was That Person By Rich Edler

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (6820)

Who was that person? He looked like me. He talked like me. But I don't think I know him anymore.

Who was that person? He had so many friends. He was popular at cocktail parties and told good jokes. Today, he seeks out one person he can really talk to and that is enough. His telephone Rolodex is a lot smaller, but so much more important.

Who was that person? He had such different priorities. He skated over life, like an ice skater on a frozen po...

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For Grieving Parents

Posted on July 13, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (2151)


We have had more than one teen die unexpectedly in our area recently. For the parents of those children and the many others who have lost a child, prayers and thoughts are with you this day.


Book Review: The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers Test

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (2253)

The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman [ISBN 978-0-8024-7313-4] has many strengths and a few weaknesses, [just like parents and teens!] I like the idea of tuning in to what resonates with kids as a way to form better connections. I am wholeheartedly in support of the first four as ways to connect with kids. Their love languages change over time and this book provides options to consider when the tried and true ceases to be effective.

Chapman lists 5 ways to connect with t...

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The Mindfulness Solution by Dr.Ron Siegel

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (30653)

I had the unique opportunity to see Dr.Ron Siegel speak in Dallas a couple of years ago. His book is written with the same humor and down to earth practicality presented in his workshop.

Rather than expecting people to sit quietly and meditate, Dr. Siegel's book gives active, engaging exercises to help people understand and experience mindfullness. The practice of being present in the moment is helpful in a multitude of arenas: work, parenting, relationships, spiritual growth and str...

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