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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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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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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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Stop hostility, intimidation, abuse and bullying in school, in your personal life and in the workplace. Create bully-free relationships with spouses, partners, children, teens, friends, parents, bosses, co-workers and employees. Stop wishing for your problems to go away.  Instead, take effective action.   Easier said than done? Some of the best ways to stop bulling : Increase your independence, confidence and self-esteem. Develop the strength, courage, will and deter... 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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There are so many techniques when it comes to figuring out how to overcome needing approval from another.  Today I want to share with you a handful that I have found to be helpful, and with that said, hopefully helpful for you, as well. You don't need people to like everything you do.  You are you.  Embrace who you are.  Who we are as an individual is what makes us unique: your own personal characteristics, traits, mannerisms, quirks, imperfections, habits, and so much mo... Read More
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Parents often say they feel conflicted about the arrival of summer.  Some have expressed, “I love my kids, but it can get so overwhelming when they’re home from school every day.”  Most, enjoy the beautiful sunny weather, the lazy days and the vacations that come with the summer.  However, even the joys of the season can present new stresses, like juggling work and family responsibilities, packing for a trip, sibling conflicts and constantly hungry or bored child... Read More
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Imagine a future where therapists video chat with their clients.  It’s not as far away as you might think, and it’s only scratching the surface of how therapy is changing.  Therapy will always have the mission of helping people live a happier and healthier life, but the methods of working with and reaching clients are evolving rapidly.  A glimpse of that future... Roughly one in five adults in the U.S. experience mental illness every year. Approximately 6... Read More
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Twenty years ago, a bully was someone who stole your lunch money or someone who shoved you against a locker.  In today's age, bullies come in all sorts of forms.  It was easier to identify who was a bully when they fit a stereotype, but now, just about anyone can be a bully - your former best friend, the quiet kid in the corner of class, or someone you never met before - online or off. Bullies are told not to bully, but adolescents are rarely taught how to love themselves... Read More
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Whether you recognize the term or not, at some point you have dealt with a cognitive distortion. These are thoughts that feel like the truth, but they describe an emotional reality rather than an objective one. For those struggling with stress, anxiety, or depression, often chronic and significant cognitive distortions play a big role in the struggle. 1. All-Or-Nothing (Black and White) Thinking: You see things in black and white terms, refusing to see any gray area. Distortion: If I&rs... Read More
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