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Mindfullness and Mindful Practice

Mindfullness is not a new concept or practice, however it seems to be more popular these days.  I first learned about mindfulness in 2004 when I was trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  It is one of the core skills that needs to be learned and taught in that approach.  From the training until now, I have fallen in love with...[ read more ]

What Is Emotional Self Care?

I recently had a client ask me, "what really is emotional care? what does that mean?" What it means to me is quite a few things... Firstly, emotional care means taking care of your biological and physical needs.  Specifically sleep hygiene, eating well, and exercise.  If your not getting enough sleep on a daily basis and you're not eating an adequate...[ read more ]

Changing Your Negative Self-Talk

We all have negative self-talk at one point or another.  Some seem to experience it more than others.  I think that usually has to do with one's environment in which they learned these tendencies.  But there is an emotional consequence to negative self-talk, which of course you can guess is negative feelings.  Most of the time people are not even aware...[ read more ]

Boundaries

It seems that the source of depression and anxiety for many of the client's I work with has to do with personal boundaries. (This is not the only cause/source of depression and anxiety).  When one gives so much of themselves and doesn't know how to limit the energy they give out, they become emotionally drained, anxious, resentful, depressed and often resort to...[ read more ]

Confidentiality

Confidentiality... To some of my clients they think this is no big deal and are very comfortable and trusting that there are no issues to really be concerned with. They are familiar with the counseling process, have had many more counselors than me, feel comfortable with their anonymity and can trust their privacy is safe with me.  Other clients, although...[ read more ]

Is Therapy Right For Me?

People often report various reasons for coming into counseling.  They include comments like, “I felt I had no one to talk to anymore and didn’t want to keep burdening my family,” or “I can’t concentrate and function well at work anymore, these issues are just overriding all my thoughts,” or “I can’t seem to stop feeling down, discouraged, depressed or...[ read more ]