Therapy and Counseling

3 Ways to Shake the Post-Holiday Blues

We spend the last months of each year decorating, indulging, anticipating, and celebrating. It is no wonder that January brings with it a bit of the post-holiday funk. Behind us is fun and festivity and in front of us is responsibility and discipline—no thank you! If you notice yourself feeling a little more lethargic and [...]

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Why Everyone Needs Therapy

Here’s How Everyone Can Benefit from Therapy There’s often a stigma associated with therapy: everyone who needs therapy is broken, sick, or mentally ill. Not only is this not true, but this notion could prevent many people from seeking help, some who greatly need it. Therapy is not just for people who are struggling in [...]

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What Is Discernment Counseling?   Discernment counseling is when couples seek counsel about whether or not to end their marriage. Usually this happens when a couple is on the verge of deciding to divorce. In many cases, the spouses have mixed feelings: one partner wants to save the marriage and one wants to end it. [...]

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The Easy Way To Say No!

Saying no may seem more difficult than Monday morning, but if you use the following tips you will be declining anything that comes your way in no time!   Here is how you say “NO” in 4 steps: 1. Compliment/Empathize You can say no and still express well wishes. Using a compliment or empathizing with [...]

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4 Reasons You Are Unhappy

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” ―   John Milton, Paradise Lost Ask an unhappy person why they are unhappy and you’re likely to hear all about the people, life events, and circumstances that have contributed to their negative state of mind. Since [...]

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Paying For Therapy Out-of-Pocket

Several years ago, I asked if it was worth it to use insurance to pay for therapy. I wrote that blog post before the Affordable Care Act was enacted and I’ve been waiting and watching to see how, if at all, mental healthcare benefits would change. From my perspective as a therapist and life coach, [...]

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Danielle LaPorte: The Fire Starter Sessions

  In my limited exposure to Danielle Laporte’s work, I have come to the conclusion that I envy her entrepreneurial energy and appreciate her new spin on old ideas. Not to sound like an old grump, but it is rare that I come across a speak or author in my field that is actually inspiring. [...]

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Managing Stress: What Does The Research Say?

Stress management. It’s like the unicorn we all hope exists, however, nobody has actually observed it first hand. I say that jokingly because, of course, stress management is very much within our reach…life balance is the unicorn! ;) If you need some stress management tips you’re in luck—researchers have uncovered certain practices and behaviors that [...]

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First Comes Love

A recent New York Times article resurrected research on social connectedness and interpersonal connection to see how much control we have over falling in love. The author describes her experience using a well-researched technique where two acquaintances pose a series of questions to one another that become increasingly more personal and probing. The questions are [...]

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I’m often recommending the same therapeutic books, website, podcasts, and products for things like relationship concerns, life coaching topics, mood issues, general self-help. Creating a Resources page seemed like an excellent way to keep all my favorite recommendations in one place. Please check back from time to time as I will continue to add more [...]

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