I Don’t Wanna Feel Like This Anymore

Depression is characterized by a cluster of symptoms that co-occur. Disturbed sleep, disturbed appetite, disturbed concentration, feeling sad/down/low/agitated/hopeless/empty, periods of crying, a lack of pleasure in activities that one normally would feel pleasure, and more concerning are thoughts of not wanting to live/wanting to die.  Almost any one symptom alone would not indicate depression, but […]

Why A Lotus?

lotus flower

The lotus flower is one of the most ancient symbols of our planet and the lotus also has a life cycle unlike any other. With its roots based in mud, it submerges every night into murky river water, and undeterred by its dirty environment, the lotus miraculously re-blooms the next morning without any residue on its petals. […]

Survival Tool Kit for Maintaining Sobriety

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From addiction to sobriety it is a challenging journey with various milestones along the way. It involves maintaining a state of no intoxication and needs your focus and investment of all your energy to succeed. It is easy to give in to temptation and therefore, you need to find a way to replace the bad […]

Celebrating The Holidays This 2020

Couple at Holidays

Holidays are associated with happy moments, socializing with family and friends, celebrations, and going on vacations. It is a time to take vacations and visit family. But this 2020 has brought the world new challenges and obstacles which have limited our ability to connect, visit or be with loved ones and share in the holiday […]

Let’s Go for a Walk: How Regular Exercise Can Aid Mental Health

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By now, most of us know that exercise offers numerous health benefits. From maintaining an ideal weight, to reducing the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis, moving our body every day improves the length and quality of our lives. But not all of us recognize just how important exercise is to our mental health. Beyond […]

Pain vs. Suffering: A Path To Healing

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There is a difference between pain and suffering… Which one seems worse to you?  Most people say, suffering and I would agree.  The difference between pain and suffering is that those who suffer are unwilling to accept the reality of their pain.  They are stuck in denial, wishing, or choosing not to, or not allowing themselves to […]

What Is Emotional Self Care?

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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 […]

Changing Your Negative Self-Talk

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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 […]

Confidentiality

Mindful woman

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 […]

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 […]