Depression Impacts Men, Too

By Jaime Davila, MA, LPC Do You Feel Like You are Losing Control or Focus? Do you feel an underlying dissatisfaction with your life that you’re unable to pinpoint? Do you feel disconnected from your loved ones or find yourself constantly at odds with them? Are you more irritable or impatient than you used to be? Are you considering changing jobs or careers but uncertain how to proceed? Do you worry that you haven’t been able to find a way to live that feels authentic? Are you struggling wi...
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Besting the Holiday Blues

By Christian J. Billington, MA, NCC The holidays can be a busy time: a time for family, gift giving, reflection, well-established social expectations, and commitments. At the same time, the holidays can exaggerate stress, anxiety, loss, and loneliness. Sometimes the stressors can overwhelm the magic of the season. What follows are a few ideas to help you negotiate these difficulties. Instead of waiting for problems to erupt, consider strategies and skills ahead of time to help manage h...
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Holiday Coping: Take a Deep Breath

By Eleanor Harrison, PhD Yes, take a deep breath. The holidays are fast approaching and many people find this time of year stressful. Whether it’s because you have the dreaded Christmas party coming, you are cooking the turkey this year, Aunt Marge will be in town for the holidays, or you are living alone and fear loneliness, the holidays can be very difficult. The advertisements don’t help for they portray loving families with loads of money and perfect homes. In the movies nobody’s family arg...
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Easy Fixes in Therapy and in Life

By Marta Oko-Riebau, MA, NLC, PhD Candidate "Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work." ~ Booker T. Washington I have been using an internet marketplace to connect to people in need of therapy. I was very surprised to see how many people who are trying to incorporate a positive change in their life seek hypnotherapy instead of psychotherapy. It made me wonder what it is about hypnotherapy that makes it so appealing to so many people. According ...
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Hope

By Jaime Davila, MA, LPC, NCC  "A human being without hope is like a walking corpse…" ~ Schumacher, 2003 What drives us human beings to continue living from day to day? Is our drive to live simply a biological mechanism that enables us to survive as a species? What role does hope play? Although at first these may seem like odd questions, if we slow down and really consider them, there is a lot here to explore. The dictionary defines hope as "wish, expect, look forward to something, of...
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Yoga is Effective Treatment for Depression

By Peter Lear, MA, LCSW, RYT Yoga asanas or postures have been practiced for over 5,000 years. Yoga has been around so long and has continued to grow in popularity in the last 10-15 years it, particularly in the West, for many reasons. One compelling reason is that it has a significant positive effect on mood, according to recent research.* Stress is a part of life; in fact, stress is one factor that enables our emotional and psychological growth by developing healthy coping skills. On the f...
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Where are You on the Trauma Map?

By Alexandria Hayes, MA, LPC, NCC What happens in your body when you are faced with a threat? And, more importantly, what happens afterwards? The Trauma Map, first developed by Peter Levine and modified by Eric Wolterstorff at Trauma Dynamics, can help explain the process. In this model, there are five stages of experience, 0-4. These stages represent the reactions of a threat response system, the autonomic nervous system (ANS), headquartered in the most primitive part of the brain of all mamma...
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