The Best Medicine is a Treadmill: How Daily Exercise Can Treat Depression

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 9% of American adults live with depression. It’s also worth mentioning that a major depressive episode is the leading cause of disability for Americans between the ages of 15 and 44.Antidepressants are commonly prescribed to treat people with moderate or severe depression. And while these drugs do offer some relief,...[ read more ]

Tips for Dealing with Grief Around Summertime Holidays

As we head into summer, many people are already getting their backyards and patios ready for big family BBQs and holiday get-togethers. Summer is definitely a time for relaxing and having some fun with the people you love most.But the summer holiday get-togethers can be extremely hard to handle when you are grieving the recent death of a loved one....[ read more ]

How to Talk to an Angry Teenager

It's well known that the teen years are the most trying time for parents. It may seem like their rebellion is personal, and that they're determined to make your home life miserable; but in reality, this is a natural process. Your teenager is maturing both physically and emotionally, and their brain is still developing. When their frontal cortex develops in...[ read more ]

10 Signs You Might Be a “Highly Sensitive Person”

Are you a highly sensitive person (HSP)? If so, you’re not alone. It is estimated that roughly 15 to 20 percent of the population is highly sensitive. In fact, scientists now believe there is a gene behind this trait. But what does it mean to be highly sensitive? The HSP is generally defined as someone with “acute physical, mental, and...[ read more ]

Could You be Sleep Deprived? Here’s What to do About It

There's a fairly good chance you're sleep deprived. More than a third of adults in the United States don't get enough sleep at night, and that can cause problems with health and wellness. According to the CDC, 35 percent of adults in the United States don't sleep the recommended seven or more hours each night. When you sleep less than seven...[ read more ]

December 13th, 2014

December 12th, 2014

Therapeutic Strategy (Sadness, Depression, Pessimism): Think about your favorite color. I love colors in general but a favorite of mine is Red. Let's say yours is Yellow. Now, tomorrow morning, wake up and make a note to yourself that you will look for your favorite color... yellow...throughout the day. It is factual that if you note this and keep it...[ read more ]

Psychology 101: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy or CBT

This blog starts my series on counseling theories and methods. I am a therapist who subscribes to an ecclectic approach to therapeutic technique... with a psychodynamic root and certainly an application that is more than anything cognitive-behavioral simply because that is the nature of therapeutic intervention. When setting an appointment and looking for a particular therapeutic theoretical mode, this question...[ read more ]

Today’s Awareness

Unhealthy behaviors and/or addictive behaviors are usually practiced either in isolation or in the presence of those who engage in similar behaviors. ​One strategy to manage an unhealthy behavior and/or an addictive behavior is to watch the environment (the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE) of the behavior. Resist providing (the WHAT) for the behavior WHEN and/or WHERE you are alone or...[ read more ]

September 08th, 2014

Let's Hear it for Babies Who Suck!!! Very possibly, from womb to grave, we as human beings whom God created as we are, engage in at least two observable reverting behaviors. Reverting is about going back to a more comfortable time; reverting behaviors are those behaviors that we may engage in to comfort us during times of stress. One of...[ read more ]

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