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What to Do About Your Little Boy Husband
By Matt W. Sandford, LMHCI don’t mean to stereotype (too much), but do you think that husbands or boyfriends come in &l...
Feeling Behind in Life: The Myth of the Self Made Man(Person)
By Matt W. Sandford, LMHCI often talk with people who are struggling because they feel that they are behind in life in some w...
Sexual Trauma and Men - A Path to Thriving
Talking about sexual assault, sexual abuse, and rape is difficult for anyone. For men, it has it’s own unique challenge...
3 Ways to Tackle Anxiety
Matt W. Sandford, LMHC Everyone worries, but not everyone worries the same way. Everyone worries but not everyone is affecte...
Depression and Hypnotherapy
An ever increasing number of people suffer from depression in 2014. Generally, doctors believe that depression is mostly biol...
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There is so much discussion in the news lately about legalization of cannabis/marijuana in various states across the United States, whether to legalize it in some states, whether the federal government should legalize it all together, etc. In addition, there has been an increase in reports of sexual abuse offenses, sex trafficking, etc. There has also been much discussion/debate on the high percentage of incarnated individuals who have a history of sexual abuse, are dependent on illegal substances (ex. cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, etc.), inebriated from too much consumption of alcohol, or are dependent upon alcohol which precipitates other nefarious activities. Although these are legitimate issues that have been raised, little discussion has been given to the impact substance abuse/dependence has on families, children, and adult children of alcoholics (ACOA) and the similarities between children who grow up in alcoholic families and children who were sexually abused in their families....
Self-esteem and resiliency
Recently, I was thinking about self-esteem and how it has been reviled and misused since its implementation in U.S. schools, beginning in the late 1980s until 2002. Well-intentioned lawmakers declared that people who had high self-esteem would be immune to drug addiction, crime and a plethora of social ills.
Naturally, there was a strong backlash against this self-esteem movement. As an example of its opposite, China is often cited as a nation of high-achieving children who were verbally abused by their parents to motivate them to succeed.
The truth of the matter is that true self-esteem comes from within and results from the recognition of our unique strengths and abilities, while also acknowledging our weaknesses. It is part of building a strong, healthy sense of self in the world. Real self-esteem and acceptance of ourselves cannot be shaken by life’s hardships and obstacles and may actually help foster resiliency. And with each obstacle we overco...
Are you living a balanced life?What does the word balance mean to you anyway? Do you conjure up an image of a tight rope walker at the circus when you hear it?
Balance is certainly tough to find in our hectic modern lifestyle.Traditionally, balance is divided into 3 areas: Mental Balance, Physical balance and Spiritual Balance. I’d like to add a 3A: Moral Balance-all right it could be part of Spiritual-but hey, I’m trying to impress you here!
Mental Balance is basically challenging your mind. Many of us get this at work-maybe too much! For those of us who don’t there’s sodoku, crossword puzzles, reading and games. Not head games-board games, cards, stuff like that. I play them with my twin girls all the time. The best part is-because its fun, they don’t know that they are getting smarter just by doing it!
Physical Balance is challenging yourself physically everyday with activity. You don’t have to run a marathon-just ...
As a psychotherapist in San Jose, California, I have a lot of clients ask me what addiction does to the brain. Through all of the research done about drug addiction and its affects on the brain, one can see how drug addiction is considered a brain disease. Drug addiction is a disabling disease and can ruin a person's life. By taking drugs, a person's brain becomes rewired to tolerate high amounts of dopamine neurotransmitters, but once those high amounts of dopamine cease to exist, the person experiences withdrawal symptoms. However, there are ways drug addicts can control their drug intake by using classical conditioning techniques, which allows them to associate drugs with negative attributes.
For some time, researchers have suggested that addiction may be a brain disease. The latest research indicates that addiction disrupts brain circuitry. Studies at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National ...
I've finally reached a place where I'm either confident or arrogant enough to write this, depending on your point of view. I offer it in the hope that it will help relieve human suffering and bring more peace.
Nothing in what follows is really new or startling. I've merely refined and simplified and amalgamated existing truths and modalities. It is however eminently practical and can be used by anyone who wants to be genuinely free of suffering.
The only real criteria for success is wanting to be free more than you want your personal story of you to be real.
The speed with which the programs let go of you depends on whether your love of truth and freedom is greater than your attachment and identification with the energy of the program and the identity it seems to give you and the secret pleasure derived from the negativity of it.
To be free of suffering you basically have to tell the truth about what you really want.
The Buddha is reported to have said that desire is the root of a...
Is it fear or anxiety? Is there a difference? Yes, there is a big difference…
In people with anxiety disorders, the brain’s “hard drive” that controls the fear response goes awry. At the core of this part of the brain is the amygdala, a structure that flags incoming signals as dangerous or worrisome and communicates with other parts of the brain to put the body on alert.
Early life events, especially traumatic ones, can impact this circuitry so that it is oversensitive and sends out alarms too often. We have to perceive real threats in order to survive, but those with anxiety see threats where there aren't any, perhaps because emotional memories or defective genetics color their perceptions.
Typically, those who suffer from prolonged anxiety experience a range symptoms, including:
• excessive worry about health, money, family, work, or school—even when there are no signs of trouble
Along with talking about what is wrong with you, one of the common mistakes people make is giving their "vices" a name. Giving a name to something gives that "something" power. The "something" then becomes real in your subconscious mind. And this is the worst thing that can happen. It is certainly better to spend less time talking about our emotional or physical issues (unless doing so with EFT). It is better for us to meditatively ask for what is causing the issue to resolve (EFT, hypnosis , Reiki). Keep in mind, the minute we name the issue, it grows from a potentially small thing to a large issue. A good analogy would be the way that Hurricanes are named. While they are smaller tropical storms, they are never named. But once they are large enough, they are named and that is when all the damage happens. Same thing happens inside our minds-all the damage happens once we give something a name.
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You have finite energy to split across your life, and if you spend it planning meals, cooking, and eating (and perhaps recovering from episodes of over indulgence), you may have little left for other things like your emotional life. Over-dependence on nurturing from food can leave unsatisfied emotional hunger—this is the anatomy of disordered eating, in which the satisfactions of our emotional life that require patience, frustration, tolerance, self discipline, and anxiety management are forsaken for the easy fix of food. But by taking the easy way out, you train your mind to confuse emotional hunger for physical hunger, leading to the atrophy of our "emotional muscles." Too much easy way out can lead to the loss of willingness and ability to learn new and more adaptive behaviors. Of course, this taking the easy route of food can become a a negative spiral of emotional disregulation leading to chronic unhappiness, leading to more eating. Eating may become the equivalent of an alc...
Here you come with with a limp and a grimace into the doctor's office. Your haunted look says it all: ice, anti-inflammatory drugs and electro stimulation therapy have collectively done little to blunt the leg pain. Your doctor knows what’s coming next and how he would like to respond. However, fidelity to his Hippocratic Oath trumps the impulse to run and hide underneath his desk. The first imploring words out of your mouth are: “Doc, I’ve been training for six months to run/bike/swim/ a PR in this upcoming race. I’m soooooooo close to reaching my goal. I can’t stop training now. You’ve gotta help me!”
Meanwhile, you're walking on your injured leg as if it is a poorly fitted prosthesis. Common sense dictates that you wave the white flag of frustration and disappointment, ask for a hug and then, drown your sorrows in a few pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream until you can accept a few weeks of enforced idleness. Maybe then you will seize t...
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