Posts Categorized: Mental Health

How Do Attachment styles from Childhood Affect my Relationships Today?

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You may not know that every person has a certain attachment style and it is often developed early on in life based on the relationships with your parents or caretakers. Knowing the effects of these attachment styles can help you prepare and address issues in your current relationships as an adult and predict the type […]

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Grieving the Loss of a Loved One during the Holidays

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As we approach the end of the year, the atmosphere seems to change: the air gets cooler; the lights seem brighter; and there tends to be a certain level of merriment. For some people, this time of the year also brings a sense of sorrow with it. It may be the first year without a […]

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Music for Mental Health

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When you need to focus on a project, must tackle a long to-do list of boring tasks, or just have had a hard day, you might crank up the sounds of whatever music inspires you. Music is a natural mood booster, and research now confirms that music not only influences our moods, but can reduce the negative effects of stress, while helping us focus and manage our emotions. Listening to music actually changes the way your brain functions. If you’ve […]

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To Trust or Not To Trust…. That is the Question

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Have you ever passed up potential friendships and opportunities to be part of a group because you were afraid you wouldn’t be accepted, or you would wind up getting hurt?  Have you ever trusted someone too quickly only to be disappointed or hurt by them?  Most of us have experienced both situations at one time […]

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Finding the “We” by Holding onto Hope

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Sometimes it can feel as though we live in a country that is becoming more and more divided. Turning on the news comes with an emotional assault and reminder that there is always an “us” and a “them”. More and more people are feeling burdened by the state of our disunity. There are more reports […]

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Could Boundaries Actually Be the Best Way of Loving People?

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I don’t know about you, but I always thought of boundaries as “selfish” or “harsh.” But what if boundaries are actually a way of loving people well? Bear with me here, what if the word “boundaries” is actually synonymous with “clarity” and “freedom?” Boundaries are the best way of defining: who you are and who […]

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The Courage of Therapy

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Therapy is hard. If you’ve ever taken those first steps through a therapist’s doors, then you know how heavy those steps can feel. Stepping through those doors means that you’re being willing to say that something in your life isn’t working. You are saying, “I need help”; a transformative and counter-cultural statement in a society […]

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More than your Diagnosis – Differentiating Between Mental Illness and Burnout

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In recent months, I have noticed an increasing trend in some of my more “acute” clients. These are people who have been in therapy on and off for several years and have come to terms with their various diagnoses. They are actively committed to the treatment plan and are moving towards health. The trend that […]

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How to Get your Teen Invested in Therapy

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Watching your teenager struggle with life’s difficulties can be challenging.  Not knowing how to help can prove to be even harder.  If your teenager is having difficulty in school or extra-curricular activities, or is struggling in relationships, therapy might be the place for them to work it out.  Here are a few ways to spark […]

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