Is Meditation for Me?

Meditation is a very common recommendation when you want to learn to manage stress.  As beautiful and joyous as life can be, it can also be plain ol’ stressful. Whether it’s hefty mortgage payments, killer commutes, or bosses who don’t give us the credit we deserve, stress can come at us from all different angles. Surveys have uncovered some pretty disturbing statistics about stress. 33% of people feel they live with extreme stress, while 48% believe the stress in their lives has increased over the past five years. And a whopping 77% of people surveyed said they experience physical symptoms… Continue Reading This Article

Summer Reads

Our summer reads is here!  It’s about halfway through summer.  We’re checking up on you to see if you’ve reached your summer reading goal. Schools recommend that their students read each summer so why shouldn’t the parents?   Imagine this: you’re sitting on the beach and it’s warm outside.  You’ve got a cold and refreshing drink in one hand. In the other hand, you’ve got a book. The sun is shining down on you and you are totally relaxed. Our team of therapists got together to make some recommendations on books for you to add to your summer reading list.  … Continue Reading This Article

Stepping Back from the Edge: How to Deal with Anger in the Moment

You want to learn to deal with anger.  Anger is a natural and healthy emotion that everyone feels from time to time. But when you find yourself being caught off guard with unexpected anger or feeling anger at a time when you can’t express it, it can be difficult to cope with. So, what can you do when you find yourself feeling anger unexpectedly? Below are some strategies to help you keep your calm and respond appropriately. 1. Acknowledge Your Feelings When you’re caught off guard with anger, you might start to feel defensive or emotional and not immediately know… Continue Reading This Article

The Importance of Creating & Sharing Goals as a Couple

Seeing goals as a couple is an important recipe for a healthy relationship.  Many authors, from Viktor Frankl to Deepak Chopra, have discussed the importance of living a purposeful life. It is purpose that allows us to transcend ourselves and create meaningful moments. Frankl believed that a pursuit in meaning in life is far more important than the pursuit of happiness, as meaning connects us to our past, present and future. It can also be said that purpose in a relationship is more important than happiness. Relationships that last are the ones where two people create shared meaning; where goals… Continue Reading This Article

How to Get the Most Out of Couples Therapy

As a therapist, I often have a front row seat to relationship miracles. Well, okay, there are no miracles really. The fact is “fixing” a relationship takes work. It takes two people wanting it to work and then putting in the effort. Having said that, I have seen couples go from nearly ending it to being back in love, and liking and respecting each other. Couples therapy can be a powerful change agent, there is no doubt about it. But what allows some couples to make it while others don’t? The couples I have seen recover from marital issues and form an even… Continue Reading This Article

4 Everyday Exercises to Manage Your Anger

Unless you’re a Tibetan monk, surrounded by nothing but other peaceful Tibetan monks, chances are you run into people and events that make you plain ol’ angry sometimes and you’ll need to learn to manage your anger. And that’s okay. Anger is a very common human emotion, and in many instances, it can serve as a compass that guides you to better choices and situations. For instance, if you feel yourself become angry on more than one occasion at work while interacting with your boss, it may be an indication that you need to learn to communicate your ideas better,… Continue Reading This Article

Tips to Talking Mental Health with Your Teen & Child

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a mental illness, you know firsthand how the diagnosis can impact your life. Mental illness is not only challenging for adults to understand but children as well. With so many myths and misconceptions surrounding mental illness, it’s easy for young people to feel anxious and confused. With this in mind, here are some tips on how you can speak to your child about mental health. Be Open Your child is most likely noticing a change or difference in behavior from mom, dad, or another relative with mental illness. There is… Continue Reading This Article

Can a Dog Improve Your Mental Health?

YES!!! Dogs can improve your mental health.   There are a lot of great reasons to add a dog to your family and they can help improve your mental health. Maybe you want a buddy for outdoor activities, a playmate for your kids, or motivation to get more active. But have you ever considered getting a dog to help your mental health? Research shows that dogs can have a significant impact on our mental health. Don’t believe it? Here’s how a dog could boost your mental wellness. Dogs Don’t Judge While stigma surrounding mental illness is decreasing, it’s far from… Continue Reading This Article

Why Someone Suffering From Depression Can’t Just ‘Get Over It’

When talking about depression, a lot of people forget that depression is an illness that requires proper attention and treatment. If you’re depressed, it can be incredibly frustrating to hear things like “Just get over it”, “You’re being really dramatic”, “You have to be strong”, “Learn to deal with it”, “Happiness is a choice”. You might start to think of things like ‘Why can’t I just get over it’? We can stop ourselves from doing destructive things like putting our hand in a fire, but when it comes to depression, it’s a bit difficult to just ‘stop’. There are a… Continue Reading This Article

5 Signs Your Teenager is Asking for Help

The teenage years can perhaps be best described as a time of physical, emotional and social tumult. Changes happen so rapidly in adolescence, that neither child nor parent really knows how to cope. Teenagers often become more detached from their family during this time. In fact, parents become less important in their teenager’s eyes, as their life outside the family develops. While this is a normal and healthy part of development, it is not an easy place for parents to be. They must be able to let go of their children while still recognizing the warning signs of adolescent depression…. Continue Reading This Article