Eric Maisel, PhD, is a retired family therapist, a creativity and life coach, and the author of more than fifty books including his latest, Overcoming Your Difficult Family. He writes the Rethinking Mental Health blog for Psychology Today and the Coaching the Artist Within column for Professional Artist magazine. Eric has been quoted or featured in a variety of publications, including Martha Stewart Living, Redbook, Glamour, Men’s Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Self. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and lectures throughout the world. Visit him online at www.EricMaisel.com. Whose family is free of drama and challenging relationships? Even small difficulties get magnified in troubling times, like ours. The amount of discord that emerged over the family dinner table last Christmas has not been healed. What had been under the surface, grew to unmanageable proportions and erupted in arguments that still hang in the air. Family therapy is not always an option or even the best option. Sometimes we just have to learn how to take care of ourselves. In doing so, we might even be surprised by the healing that emerges for others. There are strategies that we can learn to help us develop strength, calm and resilience even within families that are abusive, anxiety-ridden, critical, intrusive, addicted, chaotic, hopeless, loveless, divisive and/or materialistic. Some people try to escape by moving away, but the pain is still there. It is possible to truly overcome your difficult family. Please join us Thursday to learn how.