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Handling “Drama”

“Drama”, the catch-all phrase that is often used to describe an overreaction to stress, disagreements, negativity and other sometimes frustrating life events. Many people believe it is avoidable and unnecessary, even dramatic people feel this way, when on the wrong side of it. However, stress is a constant in life. Some situations will naturally cause [...]

By | 2016-03-03T21:34:06+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Anxiety, teen counseling, women's issues|

Improve Your Emotional Wellbeing on Your Day Off

Whether it’s a surprise snow-day or a Sunday free from plans, why not spend your next non-work day contributing to your emotional health.   Not all of us can take regular vacations in order to “re-set” and build up our emotional resiliency.   If we do not have the time or money to jet to the beach, [...]

Developing Confidence in Making Tough Decisions

How often do you find yourself stuck between two options (or more) wavering for days, weeks, or months to determine the ideal choice? If so, you are not alone as research has shown that there are many people in today’s society struggling with this on a daily basis. It is important to note that it [...]

5 Benefits of Reading a Good Book

Do you find yourself only reading when school or work requires it?  Sometimes it can be hard to get past those demands to set aside the time to read for leisure. While you may be used to reading as a chore, if you find the right book, it can be quite the indulgence. To help get you motivated [...]

By | 2017-07-12T18:46:56+00:00 January 13th, 2016|Anxiety treatment, depression treatment|

Is it Guilt or is it Shame? (And what to do with it.)

As we begin a new year, traditionally we consider a New Year’s resolution, or new goals for improving our life or our felt sense of who we are. For some, what comes with this is a sense of remorse for not having made the changes, or met the goals sooner. In some cases, that remorse [...]

5 Simple Ways to Get the Most Out of Therapy

Therapy is an investment in one’s own health and happiness.   Therapy can be life changing, but the choice to start therapy can be deterred by concerns about how much it will cost, how long it will take, and whether it will work.   Here, I list out 5 simple tips for those who are new or [...]

An App for Mental Wellness?

What is it that almost no one leaves their home without? Aside from a wallet and keys, these days the other necessity is a cell phone. With technology ever-evolving, we use our phones as a point of access to the world and friends like never before. We can download apps to provide entertainment or to provide information. [...]

The Challenges of Being a Teenager in a Cyber World

Being a teenager in this day and age has a multitude of unique challenges that are only reinforced by the progression of technology and the Internet. These unique challenges and stressors are taking a toll on the mental health of our youth and require special understanding and support. The American Psychological Association cited American teenagers [...]

By | 2017-07-12T18:46:56+00:00 December 7th, 2015|child counseling, teen counseling|

Self-Compassion: The Importance of Being Kind to Yourself

No one ever argues the value of a supportive best friend, particularly during those rough patches when we stumble and fall throughout life’s journey.   Best friends are there during those less proud moments, to validate our feelings, remind us that we’re not alone in our suffering, and normalize the fact that mistakes happen to everyone. [...]

Memory Networks in a Nutshell

Do you ever wonder why a smell, song, or other sensory cue may remind you of a time, place, person or experience? It can be wonderful when positive memories are elicited, but when the memories are negative or traumatic, it can send a person into a state of anxiety or panic as they try to [...]