Trauma Dynamics: Treatment for Complex PTSD

By Alexandria Hayes, MA, LPC, NCC Trauma Dynamics is a therapy method for treating complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD results from an unresolved experience that was or felt life threatening. Simple PTSD results from a single incident, such as a car accident, assault, fire, or natural disaster. Complex PTSD results from repeated or ongoing incidents, such as childhood abuse, multiple combat deployments, or captivity. The reason for the distinction is that the impact of traum...
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The Middle Way – Finding the Balance for Couples

By Lesley S. Cunningham, MA, LPC After watching a TV show that extolled the idea of the Middle Way, as in Buddhism, it seemed like a very nice solution to life in general … and, for couples, marriages/partnerships, in particular. In this sutta, the Buddha describes the middle way as a path of moderation, between the extremes of sensual indulgence and self-mortification. This, according to him, was the path of wisdom. It is not called the middle way because it lies between too much and too litt...
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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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Does My Child Need ADHD Testing?

By Eleanor Harrison, PhD I get many phone calls from parents who want ADHD testing for their child. Often, the child is doing poorly in school, displaying behavior problems, or is having difficulty with friendships. Sometimes, a teacher, friend, or relative has suggested the child may have ADHD. A sibling or parent might have recently been diagnosed with ADHD. So when is it a good idea to pursue an ADHD evaluation? ADHD was the diagnosis of the day not long ago. It seemed that many child...
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Mindfulness and Mental Health

By Peter Lear, MSW, LCSW, RYT If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.                                                                ~Lao Tzu, 5th Century BCE Mindfulness is an ancient practice that seeks to deepen one’s awareness of the inner workings of the mind to create a healthy separation of the mind’s fluctuations from how we experience life. All of us are subject t...
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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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Why Am I So Anxious?

By Alexandria Hayes, MA, LPC, NCC Are you often stressed out? Do you worry most of the time? When the problems you were worrying about are solved, do new problems pop up? Is it hard to remember the last time you felt at peace? If so, you are not alone. Many people find themselves in a near-constant state of anxiety, sometimes for as far back as they can remember. Why is this? Why are certain people anxiety-prone and others not? There isn’t a single answer, but recent research has shed li...
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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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Drawn to Danger

By Alexandria Hayes, MA, LPC, NCC Do you know someone who always seems to be in crisis? His car breaks down on a major highway. She trips on the steps and breaks an arm. His wallet, keys, or phone is stolen. Her car or house is broken into. These types of events – or worse – seem to be happening all the time; this person experiences one disaster after another. Why? A person’s attraction to catastrophe may be the result of past traumatic experiences. There are several reasons for this,...
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