Moving On After A Breakup

Marriage Counseling Insights From Westlake Village-Based Patricia McTague-Loft If you’ve been in a long-term relationship that ended amicably — “we’re still friends” — then you may have caught yourself developing some harmless habits. Such as checking into your ex’s...

How To Have A Happier Mother’s Day

Family Counseling Insights brought to you by Patricia McTague-Loft Happy Mother’s Day! To all you Moms out there celebrating the day with family and friends, I wish you a day filled with joy. Now, here’s a question for you — after the obligatory “Happy Mother’s Day,”...

The Many Nuances Of Childhood Trauma

Individual Counseling Insights From Westlake Village-Based Patricia McTague-Loft  Having you ever been cruising along the freeway listening to your favorite radio station and seen someone get cut off by some rude or oblivious driver? Of course, we all have. But the...

The Pursuit of Happiness

Individual Counseling Insights From Westlake Village-Based Patricia McTague-Loft  Throughout history, some of the greatest minds have expressed their thoughts about a subject most everyone is interested in: happiness. Abraham Lincoln summed up his view by saying,...

Hidden Opportunities

Individual Counseling Insights From Westlake Village-Based Patricia McTague-Loft  Traumatic events come in all sizes and shapes. When we’re young, they can affect us in an entirely different way than they would as an adult. A child who is uprooted from their school...

How To Avoid Getting Involved With A Narcissist

Marriage Counseling Insights From Westlake Village-Based Patricia McTague-Loft Being in a relationship with a person with narcissistic tendencies has many subtle repercussions. If you’ve been in your relationship for a significant period of time, you may be tempted to...

The Keys To A Long-Term Relationship

Marriage Counseling Insights From Westlake Village-Based Patricia McTague-Loft Very few people meet the love of their life early — in high school or even earlier — and then go on to a lifelong, deep and fulfilling relationship. Without passing judgement on whether...

Could The Problem Be In The Mirror?

Marriage Counseling Insights From Westlake Village-Based Patricia McTague-Loft When things go awry — anything from a broken relationship to a career setback — the mature and responsible thing to do is reflect on what the heck went wrong. After all, we learn a lot more...

The Goal: An Independent Child

Family Counseling Insights brought to you by Patricia McTague-Loft It’s been said in a variety of ways, but however you phrase it, one of the most important jobs for a parent is raising their child or children to be good adults. Easy to say but then the complications...