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Laugh, You’ll Feel 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 […]

What is Integrative Mind-Body Health?

Integrative mind-body health uses a whole-person-centered approach to restore mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. It considers environmental and lifestyle factors such as stress, nutrition, social connection, sleep, activity level and more to promote optimal functioning, mind, body, spirit, and emotions.

Is one of your goals to live your best life? Do you wonder how to access […]

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. […]

R.A.I.N: A simple strategy to exercise your brain with Mindfulness

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 […]

Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness

Mindfulness has been shown by researchers to strengthen body awareness, boost attention and increase the ability to regular emotions. Mindfulness teachers recommend it to us as a healthy way to experience the world and ourselves.

At the same time, prevalence rates for trauma are high. As pointed out by David Treleaven, Ph.D. in his excellent book […]

By |January 17th, 2019|and Trauma, Psychotherapy|0 Comments

Disconnect from the Media to Reconnect with Yourself

As a licensed professional counselor, I have observed increases in clients reporting anxiety, with some reporting higher levels of anxiety than they’ve ever experienced before. You may even notice that those around you are talking more about anxious feelings. Perhaps you’ve experienced anxiety, or an increase in anxiety, yourself. There are probably a lot of […]

Overcoming Depersonalization

My blog last month mentioned a book entitled Overcoming Depersonalization Disorder by Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D. and Katharine Donnelly, MA as a good place to start for getting information about coming to grips with depersonalization. Well, it’s time for this month’s blog and this is the book I want to discuss. The Foreword for this book […]

By |June 1st, 2018|anxiety, Mental Illness, Psychotherapy|0 Comments

Depersonalization a neglected syndrome

The book Depersonalization A New Look at a Neglected Syndrome by Mauricio Sierra is a scholarly review of this syndrome with an extensive listing of relevant research studies. Depersonalization can occur as a fleeting experience in adolescents as well as people facing life-threatening situations where its occurrence can be considered to be normal. People can […]

By |April 20th, 2018|anxiety, Anxiety Disorder, Psychotherapy|0 Comments

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

The book Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, Second Edition, by Stephen Hayes, Kirk Strosahl and Kelly Wilson, is a good introduction to a type of therapy developed in the 1980s, which while the authros identified it as a form of behavior therapy, is different from other types of behavior […]

Creating Change: What’s the Plan?

Most of us are often thinking about making changes in our lives. Whether big or small, change if often an inevitable part of life itself. When we desire a change, we often want to make that change RIGHT NOW and we want it to be quick and painless. The problem is that with any life […]