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Not Suffering Enough
Often in my personal and professional life I hear the phrases “Other people have it worse”, “It’s not that bad”, “I’m just having a moment”, “I don’t really have any problems” and “Nothing bad has really happened to me”. After further discussion, we determine while those phrases may be true there is a struggle going on inside needing to be validated and worked through. We tend to minimize the struggles we have in our... Read More
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It is actually 12 out of every 1,000 people that suffer from the severe, often misunderstood anxiety disorder known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This disorder, like so many others, does not discriminate.  Your age, race, or gender does not matter.  There are two aspects to OCD - obsessions and compulsions.  Obsessions are thoughts, ideas and urges which feel impossible to ignore by sufferers - and they can be very persistent.  Obsessions can cause a h... Read More
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Do Not Apologize
While there are indeed worse offenses than declaring an unnecessary apology, what makes the behavior potentially damaging is the cause and effect.  We often state an unnecessary apology out of caring too much what other people think or putting their feelings above our own.  Consequently, others may view constant apologizing as a sense of weakness or lack of confidence.  So, by all means, apologize when it's necessary - but stop saying sorry when you have no reason to.  ... Read More
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Stress affects people in all different ways – or at least, different people respond to it very differently. For some, it rolls off quickly, and they rebound in a reasonable amount of time. For others, it “sticks” and it takes much longer to recover, if ever. This is because people’s mental “resilience” varies enormously, which itself is based on both genes and environment. For people who aren’t so good at coping with stress, it may be that ... Read More
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We would like to be your partner and assist you to get through your struggles, and heal from them. With our Time Honored Methods we offer several approaches based on an objective assessment of your needs in conjunction with your goals. Together, we can identify issues, develop plans, and find the best versatile solutions for you that will put you back in charge of your life. Let us help you to regain a sense of well-being and to bring happiness back into your life. Anxie... Read More
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Stop Sabotaging Yourself
Many people struggle with following through on their plans, commitments, or stated desires. Sometimes it is as if there is another voice or person inside of us that gets in our way. This part of us might tell us to postpone an important task until tomorrow, or might tell us that we shouldn’t aim for that promotion. It seeks to lead us astray and ultimately keeps us from accomplishing our long-term goals. At other times, not only does this alternate voice get in our way, it actually harm... Read More
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Violating The Boundaries
You can't make people respect your boundaries. Unfortunately, people who are manipulative, narcissistic, and have a poor sense of self tend to repeatedly violate personal boundaries. One of the biggest challenges that people have with boundaries is figuring out what to do when someone repeatedly violates them. There isn’t a one-size fits all answer to the question. Variables to consider...Who is violating your boundaries? Is the boundary violator willing to change?  ... Read More
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Kids lie more often and more effectively when punishment is on the line.  Because so many children go through a lying phase, or more than a phase, I want to talk about ways to consider and deal with dishonesty. Why does lying get under our skin so terribly?  As parents we know that honesty is critical to healthy relationships, to having integrity, and to resolving problems.  Dishonesty can land you in a heap of interpersonal, academic, legal, and/or professional trouble both in... Read More
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In a nutshell, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps you learn to change your thoughts, feelings and behaviors so you feel better. By targeting your reactions to situations, CBT can help you react more effectively in challenging situations, and even learn to feel better when you are unable to change situations happening around you. GOAL-ORIENTED Unlike a lot of talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy is a problem-solving therapy aimed at helping you achieve your goals. The goals can be... Read More
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One of the most valuable lessons in life I have found is learning the art of active listening. All too often, when people think of being a good communicator, they think of having good verbal skills.  However, much of healthy communication is knowing how to listen … and not just hear!   The first step to being an effective listener is to realize that hearing is not the same thing as listening! Watch out for being so focused on what you ... Read More
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