Taking Responsibility in a Codependent Relationship

You know the worst thing about living alone? When you misplace something, you have no one to blame but yourself. I was looking for my headphones the other day. I was frustrated that I couldn’t find a single pair and more frustrated I had no one to blame but me! That got me thinking about…

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From Fear to Freedom – How Counseling Can Help You Thrive

As a psychotherapist with over 25 years counseling experience, I’ve developed some habits, for better a worse, as a counselor. One of the better habits is ending the first session early to leave more time for wrapping up and preparing for the next session I usually start by saying something like, “We need to close…

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Stop Repeating the Same Mistakes of Enabling Bad Behavior

Have you ever become frustrated because you find yourself in the same (or similar) predicament over and over with a loved one who will not change? How many times do you realize, often too late, that as careful as you thought you were being, you made choices that led you down the same old path…

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Improve Your Life with Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback or neurotherapy, is a non-invasive, evidence-based treatment approach. It involves the monitoring and self-regulation of brainwave activity to improve brain function. By utilizing real-time feedback of your brain’s activity, neurofeedback teaches your brain how to modify how fast or slow it fires. This, ultimately leads to enhancing your mental…

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Approaches to Manage Anxiety Naturally

Anxiety. I bet you can’t go a day without hearing someone talk about it. The National Institute of Health estimates over 30% of all adults will have difficulty managing anxiety at some point in their lives. I also bet you can’t go a day without feeling it at some point. Anxiety is that feeling of…

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Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD and Anxiety

Exposure and Response Prevention, or ERP, is a type of therapy to treat OCD and high levels of anxiety. ERP is known as the “gold standard” treatment for OCD because it trains the brain to realize that just because your brain recognizes something as a threat, does not mean it is a threat. According to…

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Play to Help Improve your Mood

Ever wonder what your therapists do when you’re not around? This day, I caught them playing! And as the head of the practice, I wholeheartedly support that! Why, you ask? Because play is an important part of good mental health!   Benefits of Play on Mental Wellness Burns Off Stress. Dot-com companies have known for…

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Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD

Exposure and Response Prevention, or ERP, is a type of therapy to treat OCD and high levels of anxiety. ERP is known as the “gold standard” treatment for OCD because it trains the brain to realize that just because your brain recognizes something as a threat, does not mean it is a threat. According to…

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Using Containment for Stress Management

Containment is an important stress management tool. This blog defines containment and provides several examples of how to apply this skill. What is Containment? Containment is stress management tool that uses mindful compartmentalization. It is finding the right balance between putting an issue away and intentionally bringing it to the forefront to examine or process.…

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Keeping Cool During a Child’s Tantrums

Tantrums can be so frustrating. It feels like your child is crying and screaming about something so unimportant. You may find it hard to keep your cool when you are so annoyed. Why won’t your kid be reasonable so you can both move on with your day? What can you do to help tantrums become…

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