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Staying Sane During the Pandemic

COVID-19 has caught us all by surprise and has changed our lives drastically over the last few months. Here are some suggestions for ways to stay sane during the pandemic.

Practice mindfulness- Spend some time every day trying to stay in the present moment. If you need some help doing this lookup guided meditations […]

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Eight Reasons Why You Should Go To Therapy

When it feels like life has become unmanageable and you are powerless to make any meaningful changes in your life it may be time to seek therapy. Therapy is a great way to get in touch with your feelings and your authentic self. When your life is out of control, therapy can be the way […]

Winter Blues

It is getting to be that time of year again; the time of year when the days start getting shorter and colder. As the winter months bring about changes in the weather and our lifestyle, some people have a difficult time adjusting. The long, dark days may make it so that some of you may […]

Self-Care is Not Selfish

Self-care is not selfish. Being a good person does not mean that you have to say “Yes” to everyone and everything in your life. Being a healthy person means that you put your health and overall wellbeing first. The best gift you can give to your loved ones in making your wellbeing a top priority. […]

Laughter is the Key to Feeling Better

Laughter is a universal form of communication. We all laugh. There are numerous physical and emotional benefits of laughing. It decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Laughter increases endorphins and strengthens the immune system. A good laugh can also reduce blood pressure and blood sugar. Laughter provides relief from pain because of the release […]

Unmanageability in drug and alcohol addiction

Unmanageability is not a word that we hear often unless we are familiar with 12 Step programs and recovery but, it is one of the identifying characteristics of drug and alcohol addiction. Most of us  like to believe that we exert a certain amount of control in our lives. When we begin to struggle with […]

Addiction and the holidays

The holiday season can be a joyous yet, stressful time of year especially for those who struggle with substance abuse. There are a few simple and practical things that the addict can do to prepare for the holiday season to minimize relapse. The potential internal and social pressures to drink or use drugs during the […]

The Stigma of Medication

The world we live in is obsessed with success and what it means to be successful. It is easy to see why some people view a setback or a mistake as a failure. It can be a blow to an individual’s ego and self esteem if they think this way and are struggling with accepting […]

Just because it feels like an emergency doesn’t mean it is one

There are times when we create problems for ourselves or over complicate things in our lives. Sometimes we believe that EVERYTHING is urgent and must be attended to right now OR ELSE. This sense of urgency often times drives the behavior of  people with controlling or obsessive personalities or those with anxiety. In the fast […]

Mindfulness for Children and Adolescents

Mindfulness has  become almost a buzzword in our culture. Mindfulness is being  aware of the present moment without judgment. Current research has found that there are practical applications for mindfulness in therapy.  Karen Hooker and Iris Fodor’s 2008 article on  mindfulness and children provides practical examples for how to teach children mindfulness skills.

Children and adolescents often times can […]