Darlene Lancer, JD, LMFT

Darlene Lancer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and expert on relationships and codependency. She's the author of "Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You" and "Codependency for Dummies" and seven ebooks, including: "10 Steps to Self-Esteem," "How To Speak Your Mind - Become Assertive and Set Limits," "Dealing with a Narcissist: 8 Steps to Raise Self-Esteem and Set Boundaries with Difficult People," and "Freedom from Guilt and Blame - Finding Self-Forgiveness," available on her website, whatiscodependency.com, and Amazon. Ms. Lancer has counseled individuals and couples for 30 years and coaches internationally. She's a sought after speaker in media and at professional conferences. Her articles appear in professional journals and Internet mental health websites, including on her own, whatiscodependency.com, where you can get a free copy of "14 Tips for Letting Go."

Being Present Lets Your Soul Shine

Staying connected to the present communicates self-acceptance. It allows your soul to shine through. Your soul wants to fully express itself, and that requires openness and confidence. Self-esteem and self-acceptance provide courage that allows us to be authentic and take risks. You’re not interested in hiding who you are or worried about making mistakes and …

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