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happiness-is-at-your-fingertips-replace-self-judgement-with-self-compassion
How often do you find yourself being self-critical or judgmental when experiencing a perceived inadequacy, failing, or personal shortcoming? It can happen at any time without our awareness. Unnoticed moments of suffering in which we think: "I was rejected, why did I think I had a chance?" "I'm not good enough." "I can't find a date. It's probably because I'm ugly!" "I can't do anything...
effects-of-exercise-and-nutrition-on-mood-encouraging-a-healthier-lifestyle
How often do we have a conversation with others and five minutes later not remember details of that interaction?  Or maybe your spouse or coworkers ask you a question or to complete a task and we are so distracted that we forget what was asked of us.  Many times in these interactions we are already formulating our response or reacting to emotions before the other person has completed their sente...
the-practice-of-mindful-listening
How often do we have a conversation with others and five minutes later not remember details of that interaction?  Or maybe your spouse or coworkers ask you a question or to complete a task and we are so distracted that we forget what was asked of us.  Many times in these interactions we are already formulating our response or reacting to emotions before the other person has completed their sente...
the-benefits-of-play-therapy
Children often have difficulty expressing themselves verbally, which can result in behavioral issues and negative thinking patterns.  Play therapy provides children with the opportunity to express themselves through a language that is more recognizable to them -- play.  With the aid of a play therapist, children can learn skills and tools to better understand and express their thoughts and emoti...
therapy-what-to-expect
For someone just starting therapy, it can be intimidating not knowing what to expect.  It is something that you often see in movies and TV shows, but unfortunately it is not something that people talk about often enough.  From a therapist’s point of view, I am here to fill you in on some of the things you can expect from your therapist, and hopefully answer some questions you might have....
vacation-it-does-a-body-good
After just coming back from vacation, I have reflected on the benefits of “stopping” and taking a break from work and everyday stressors.  The vacation included extra sleep, limited phone and email time, relaxation and pursuing activities that brought purpose and meaning, including hiking, reading books and spending time with family, which are all shown to reduce depression and anxiety and im...
the-two-most-important-ingredients-to-effective-parenting-and-seven-steps-to-make-it-happen
Parenting a child is by far the hardest and most unpredictable venture in life. Why? Because there is no manual on “how to be the best parent.” We just take what we’ve learned from our parents (how they raised us), gather some questionable “how-to” books, and fly by the seat of our pants. While we may make our way through the journey of parenting with our head above water, most of us oft...
why-is-it-so-hard-to-make-friends-as-an-adult
Why is it so hard to make friends as an adult?  That is a question I repeatedly get from clients, and something I have asked myself personally many times. Several years ago, I was on a quest to find my new “best friend.”  We had recently moved to the suburbs from the city, and with that move included a loss of close friends – proximity wise.  I was melancholy for “girls’ nights out...
the-stigma-of-emotion
There is a stigma in our society associated with showing emotion.  How many of us heard “don’t cry,” or “get over it,” or “there is nothing to be sad about” when we were growing up?  Those responses from our caregivers sent the message that emotions are bad or that we aren’t in control of our own feelings -- somebody else knows whether I should be sad or not and they are telling...
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