New Business Features

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I’ve been hard at work trying to make my practice more accessible and useful to my clients, and wanted to introduce some new features! These are offered at no charge to clients and will hopefully make the whole counseling experience more seamless. Facebook Page I’ve created a Facebook page for my business! Now you can find details about my practice, …

Reconsider Your Affair

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I don’t normally do this, but after reading this NY Times article, I deemed it worthy to link to on its own. It’s very well-written and offers insight from both perspectives – the one having an affair and the one betrayed by their spouse’s affair. In my experience as a therapist working with couples, everything the author writes is painfully …

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Reminder About Your Deductible

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As the new year rolls around, it brings with it a fresh start at many things. One important one to pay attention to is your insurance deductible. Insurance plans work in one of two ways: Contract year plan. This means your plan begins and ends on a date you initiated coverage, and can be anywhere throughout the year. For example, …

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What Is Self-Talk?

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In counseling, we often talk about the things we say to ourselves or think about privately. This is called “self-talk.” Sometimes it comes in the form of actual conversation or monologue with/to ourselves, and sometimes it’s just a bunch of thoughts we think about. Either way, it’s private stuff that nobody knows about unless we vocalize it in some way. …

How To Map Out Change

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There are two basic things required for mapping change: something to run away from, and something to run towards. Running Away Usually people don’t think of running away from something as a good thing. When it comes to change, however, I think it’s absolutely critical. Why? Because whatever it is you want to escape tells you all kinds of information …

What Are You Worried About?

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Anxiety is an extremely common issue that most of us struggle with. In fact, it’s one of the most diagnosed issues I treat and often exists alongside many other issues. However, anxiety is only a symptom and is very treatable. How is anxiety only a symptom? Well, because it rests on some other reason(s) to be worried or concerned. Someone …

Is Self-Care Selfish?

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One of the most controversial issues I think people struggle with is that of self-care. Most people I talk with would describe it as being selfish or self-centered – only thinking about you and not thinking about anyone else. But is this what self-care really is? If it is something different, then how do you distinguish self-care from selfishness? I …

Overcoming Pain and Suffering, Part 2 of 2

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In Part 1 of this series, I introduced the fact that pain and suffering are an inevitable and unavoidable part of life. I also discussed four unhealthy – yet very common – ways that people often respond and cope, as well as some typical results of those responses. In this article, I will address a healthier approach to dealing with …

Overcoming Pain and Suffering, Part 1 of 2

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Pain is an inevitable part of life. Throughout life, whether in childhood or in late adulthood, we may experience difficulties such as traumas, deaths, divorces, fractured or broken relationships, natural disasters, and many other painful events. The emotions we experience from these can be intense and overwhelming, and we may not know what to do with them. Often times in …

National Marriage Week 2012

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From Prepare-Enrich… For many people, a new year brings resolutions to improve different aspects of their lives. Striving to maintain better physical or financial health is a worthy goal, but what about improving the health of relationships? National Marriage Week originated in the U.K. in 1996 and has since spread to several countries, including the United States. National Marriage Week USA …