Therapy and Counseling

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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The Best of Psychology Today

Every month I look forward to the latest edition of Psychology Today magazine. If you’ve never thumbed through a copy you’re in for a treat—it’s a magazine for anyone intrigued by the world of psychology, filled with interesting articles about relationships, life choices, and hot topics in the field. I thought it would be useful [...]

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TED Talks You Don’t Want To Miss

I am a huge TED Talk junkie.  I love learning about new ideas and concepts and decided to share some of my favorite talks that relate to personal growth, emotional wellness, and happiness. Enjoy! The Power of Vulnerability An amazing talk by Brené Brown, a social worker and researcher, who explores vulnerability and discusses how [...]

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It’s almost the end of another year and for many, that means it is time for self-reflection. We are all fairly aware of our bad habits–overeating, drinking too much booze, not exercising, gossiping, smoking, and the list goes on ad infinitum. The typical resolutions tend to focus solely on changing undesirable behaviors, and therein lies [...]

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Therapy versus Life Coaching

  If you do a Google search several articles will pop up with various explanations for the differences between therapy and life coaching. Considering I offer both therapy and personal life coaching services in Charlotte, NC, I’m frequently asked to differentiate between the two. Borrowing from one of my favorite explanations I can sum it up fairly [...]

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