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Mental Health and COVID-19: How to Talk to Teens About it

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had an affect on the mental health of adults, children, and teenagers. Socialization with friends and peers has been limited because of the quarantine, causing many teenagers to feel isolated and withdrawn. Now that teenagers are returning to school, the affect of COVID-19 on their mental health is even more apparent. […]

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 Includes Saying ‘No’ When Needed

Think about the term ‘self-care’ for a moment. What kinds of thoughts come to mind? Perhaps self-pampering like taking a warm bath, getting a manicure, or snuggling under a blanket. Maybe you’re also thinking of self-care activities like taking a hike, going for a walk, or calling a friend.

Self-care can include all of these things, […]

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 […]

Anxiety the Superhero

Very often I have people come in to see me and they want their anxiety gone. That’s when I take out my wand, swish, and flick. Of course, nothing happens, so I’m either a muggle, my wand is broken, or it doesn’t just go away. Obviously, it’s the latter of the three, but that’s OK. […]

Mindfulness Exercises to Boost Brain Power

According to the recent article, A Mindful Brain, by writer Laura Vismara,  an extensive body of research, carried out over the course of the past twenty years and supported by the relatively recent introduction of refined brain scanning technologies, suggests that practicing mindfulness meditation or just having a more mindful approach toward life can produce discernible changes in […]

Self-Talk and Giving your Power Away

Self-Talk and Giving your Power Away

If you are prone to engage in negative self-talk, then guess what, you are probably suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and some type of fear based thinking. By the repetition of statements that are negative, opinions, and distorted thinking you are causing yourself to be stuck and paralyzed every […]

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 […]