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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Why Must I Walk Alone?

By Jaime Davila, MA, LPC, NCC He stands surrounded by strangers, some are friends, some are colleagues, but all are strangers to some degree. What if they knew it all, that is, who he truly is? No, not the story that he has projected and skillfully displayed for his friends, but the story that runs only within him, a story he keeps secret. “I fear that if I tell too much of my story ... well, I am not exactly sure what I fear but I do know the hesitation quite well; it’s what keeps me f...
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Mental Health 101

By Peter Lear, MSW, LCSW, RYT One of my other jobs besides psychotherapist is conducting mental health assessments. At the end of the assessments, I identify an area or two that clients can begin work on to improve their mental health functioning. Most of us do a great job maintaining our mental health functioning AND most of us have periods when we don’t do so well for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it can be a relatively easy fix. A few basic changes can have a powerful effect. The Big T...
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Counseling – What is it Like?

By Jaime Davila, MA, LPCC, NCC The decision to seek help from a professional counselor is something that some of us are more comfortable with than others. I often get the question from prospective clients, “What is counseling like, what do we do?” Although te process is hard to capture in words because it is unique to every person, I will attempt to give you an overview. When I meet you for the first time, I will ask basic information about your concerns, why you are looking into counseling,...
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