5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Therapy

By Alexandria Hayes, MA, LPC, NCC If you're reading this, it is likely that you are in therapy or contemplating it. Therapy is an investment of time, money, and effort in yourself and your future. Accordingly, you will want to maximize that investment by making the most of the time you spend with your therapist. Here are five ways to make your therapy more effective: 1.  Find the Right Therapist Studies have shown the relationship between the therapist and client is a “main curative c...
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Addressing Anxiety in Children

By Lavinia Ball-Marian, MA, LPC Anxiety in children is an increasingly common concern. But what, exactly, is anxiety? According to the Raising Children Network, “Anxiety is an inherent response to a perceived threat and normal levels of anxiety can assist people to be more focused and motivated, and to solve problems more efficiently.” Here are some facts about anxiety: Anxiety is normal. Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in time. It is normal for a child to be nervous when ...
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Expectations: Malware in the Brain

By Lesley S. Cunningham, MA, LPC From the time we take our first breath, we are exposed directly or vicariously to opinions, beliefs, and ideas that form the way we see the world. They attach to our knowledge base like malware or viruses to our mental hard drive. Some are benign and cause no harm, some are loaded with hate and bigotry, some are lenses of beauty and love through which we see the world, but all involve some measure of molding our view of life and the people who populate it. The ...
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Treatment for Cannabis Abuse

By Peter Lear, MSW, LCSW, RYT Cannabis remains the most widely used and abused substance in the United States and Europe. While some people question whether or not a person can become addicted to marijuana or abuse it, the majority of research indicates these conditions do exist. The data is compelling: cannabis abuse causes significant impairments in people’s functioning. Marijuana abuse appears very similar to other substance dependence disorders, although it is likely to be less severe. None...
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