Early Intervention and Parent-Child Interactive Therapy May Mitigate the Effects of Toxic Stress in Children  "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." -  Frederick Douglass Over two decades of extensive research have shown that childhood adversity can chemically interrupt and alter a child’s brain development. This causes an increased likelihood [...]

By | April 3rd, 2017|Articles, Life's Onion, Therapeutic Techniques|0 Comments


Hands-on Means Minds-on For Primary School Classroom Activities  Reading, writing, and lecture are the predominant ways students have traditionally been taught in the classroom. But research shows students focus and retain knowledge better when they are actively engaged in hands-on activities. Scientists believe that when children use all of their senses, it creates connections and [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|Education, Life's Onion|0 Comments

Leading vs. Managing With Life’s Onion

Using Life’s Onion for team building exercises related to leading vs. managing, team development, virtual teams, and supervisory development. Leadership and management go hand in hand but they are not exactly the same thing. Although they are linked and complementary, efforts to separate and specify the unique details of management vs. leadership skills often cause [...]

By | December 19th, 2016|Business, Life's Onion, Organizational Development|0 Comments


Use Life’s Onion as a quick exercise with new teams and project groups to help set guidelines.  "In knowledge work, the task is not given; it has to be determined. ‘What are the expected results from this work?' is the key question in making knowledge workers productive. And it is a question that demands risky [...]

What is Expressive Arts Therapy?

The 1st Annual International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference is going to be held in Chennai, India from December 8 to 10, 2016 with the title "Expressions of the Soul" and a theme of Building Professional Networks. This conference of practitioners and proponents of Expressive Art Therapy from around the world is another in a list [...]

By | October 24th, 2016|Conference, News|1 Comment

Cognitive Behavioral Coaching for Business

Let’s take a closer look at adapting cognitive behavioral techniques to the workplace. It is clear that Cognitive Behavioral Coaching (CBC) has its roots in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). But while CBT is usually focused on healing, CBC has a goal of performance and achievement. CBT is trying to change a negative thought process or [...]

Cognitive Behavioral Training

Cognitive Behavioral Training (CBTraining) is a cognitive-behavioral process that uses a systematic, highly structured workshop-style approach to break down and replace dysfunctional or emotionally dependent behaviors. The roots of CBTraining lie in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Like CBT, the basic premise is that a person’s behavior is invariably related to their beliefs, thoughts, and emotions. [...]

By | August 29th, 2016|Articles, Personal Development|1 Comment

The Law of Attraction & The Secret

It is believed it was the philosopher Plato who postulated the first law of affinity: “likes tend toward likes.” This concept, now commonly referred to as the law of attraction, is the philosophy that a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life by focusing on positive or negative thoughts. This belief is based [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|Articles, Personal Development|2 Comments

How Can I Change The World?

It seems like everywhere you turn these days there is another cause for fear, anger, sadness, and argument. In America, mass shootings seem to have become a common occurrence which no longer even shock us, race relations are strained to a breaking point, and the coming 2016 election threatens to divide our communities even further [...]

By | August 3rd, 2016|Life's Onion, Personal Development|5 Comments

Use of Metaphors in Counseling

When Mark Wetherbee first envisioned the Life’s Onion tool, one of his central purposes was to create a physical, tangible METAPHOR that could be used to enhance therapy, coaching, and personal development work. The powerful transformation of Life’s Onion from a closed onion to an open flower is rich with meaning and perspective. In this [...]

By | July 13th, 2016|Articles, Life's Onion|3 Comments