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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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Reading View. Press Alt Shift A for accessibility help. In the previous weeks we saw an influx of posts about suicide, how to talk about it and where/how to get help. Unfortunately, as is common, the conversation has dwindled. How do we keep this conversation going and how do we prevent another loss? Why do you even need to be worried?  Starting with the why, in recent reports from Center of Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates have continued to increase at least 30% in most st... Read More
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Today, many will go to their favorite social media sites to share pictures and praise for the mothers in their lives. While many others will scroll through or avoid social media flooded with thoughts and feelings of grief, shame, and anger. Whichever side you are on, we have some tips to help you through Mother’s Day 2018. For those feeling grief, shame or anger: - You are not alone! Look up local or online support groups/events to be with those today who know exactly wha... 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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It's is not always easy - to self love.  It can be a process for many.  If you find it difficult... Here are a few ways to help with the process.  Let yourself heal, let yourself love what makes you who you are.  1.  Start a journal. No one’s saying you have to pen the next great novel, but one of the best ways to get to know yourself is writing down your thoughts. Even if you only write a few sentences a day, you never know what you might learn about yours... Read More
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Fall In Love With Yourself
Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first. Still, at first it sounds ridiculous. We usually think of falling in love as a process specific to dating, but in reality, we fall in love in so many different ways and with so many different things. We fall in love with people, places, literature, art, and even states of mind. There is no wrong way to love, other than to not love at all. The problem becomes our own familiarity with ourselves. We often become so complacent t... 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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We live in a culture of perfectionism. Open any women's magazine or watch any TV program and you can't escape the emphasis we put on looking, behaving, and achieving perfectly.  We've become an intolerant bunch that is quick to judge - ourselves and others - and notice when we don't measure up to the unspoken measuring sticks of beauty, success, talent, and intellect.   We put the emphasis on doing rather than being, which is where perfectionism likes to live. It lives ... Read More
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