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Don't Break the Bank...Or Each Other: 3 Ways to Divorce Cheaply and Peacefully
Even though divorce can be incredibly difficult with emotions running high, the truth is that any couple – that’s...
You Are A Miracle: Self-acceptance Fosters Resilience
The most difficult thing in the world for many of you is to love yourself. No matter what your issues might be: Addictions, e...
Healing Grief: Help For Grief Online
Grief is an overwhelmingly painful experience when you've lost someone you love through separation or death. The bond of love...
Therapy with Gay Male Clients: Why It 'Takes One to Know One'
Many therapists enjoy working with gay male clients. After all, we tend to be middle-class (or higher) professionals wh...
5 Tips on Parenting Adolescents: Part 2
By Matt W. Sandford, LMHC In part 1, we looked at the influence of stress on our parenting and some ways to relieve and mana...
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An ever increasing number of people suffer from depression in 2014. Generally, doctors believe that depression is mostly biological and they treat the condition with prescribed medication. Unfortunately, medication has side effects that alter your body and your brain in more ways than you can imagine.
Depression can cause you to feel hopeless, pessimistic, tired and low in energy. When you’re depressed you feel like you’re in a dark hole and you can’t see the light outside. This hellish state of being may motivate you to seek relief in any form. Medication is the quickest way and doesn’t involve delving deep within your psyche to uncover the possible source of the darkness.
There are a few studies that show the effectiveness of hypnosis in treating depression by changing the quality of your perspective on life on a subconscious level . Research demonstrates that suggestions to the subconscious mind can transform a negative point of view into a more optimistic,...
The new school year is upon us. This brings out different kinds of emotions for everyone. Most children dread it. Many parents savor it. Of course there are always exceptions to every rule. I have mixed emotions. While I welcome the change of weather and the quieter house, I know I will miss seeing my kids during the day. However, the school days, just like the summer, are only temporary. Before we know it Christmas will be here. Then comes February vacation and Spring break. It all goes so quickly that it reminds me of the expression, this too shall pass. Whether it is something you savor or dread, time always marches on.
Whew...do we ever move fast. Everything seems to be get it done yesterday...fast... faster...fastest. So what are we all rushing to anyway? I had a phone conversation with a woman yesterday. She was from the Caribbean islands and she was in no hurry. When I hung up the phone I thought, "man, she's getting it right". So I will convey my wish to all of you....slow down and enjoy life. Take a walk, smell the flowers, listen to nice music, meditate or take a nap. Life was made to be enjoyed after all and this includes how we utilize our time as well as our pace. And remember that once you do reach the "finish line." you'll want to be able to look back, smile and know that you enjoyed it as much as you could have.
When Should You Have Your Child Evaluated for Learning Disabilities?
Determining when the appropriate time to have your child first evaluated is a difficult question to answer, and varies on a case-by-case basis based on individual factors. However, there are a few questions to ask yourself as well as basic information concerning the likely onset of learning disabilities that can help guide you in deciding whether or not to have your child evaluated.
Has your child displayed academic and/or behavioral difficulties since they first began school?
Has your child just started struggling during the current academic year?
What factors have changed during the current academic year that could account for difficulties (i.e., new school, transition from elementary to middle school, significant increase in workload, etc.)?
Does your child fluctuate between periods of doing well and struggling considerably?
If your child has displayed academic and/or behavioral difficulti...
Welcome to my blog. My blogs will be positve in nature and challenge each of us towards chanchanging our thinking from negative to positive. In staying with the cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused approach, thinking (cognitions) determine our feelings, our options and choices. Our choicez deeermine our actions/behavior and finally outcomes. Typically we let our minds wander (passively active). By using CBT/SFT, we learn to teach our minds to become "actively active." Then when we do this we gain personal control over our thoughts and can begin to make positive choices in our lives. SO, this blog is about positive information, positive sayings and words as well as resources. ENJOY THE JOURNEY. CHANGE IS NOT THE ISSUE; IT IS THE TRANSITIPN TO IT! An experiece in itselfis meaningless until we give it meaning. We either react or respond.
"Often the very desires that lead to our ruin start as healthy longings." We begin our young lives wanting love, affirmation, attention, nurturing, care, and the like. Then we are raised by less-than-perfect people who are unable, or sometimes unwilling, to meet our needs for these things. At this point, we are faced with a choice: where will we turn to have our needs met? And while we're deciding where to turn, we are believing that these desires are good, just misguided and need to be met in healthy ways. So, we are determined find a different healthy way. And while there are "...certainly natural desires, there are no neutral ones..."
We are given plenty of options to fulfill our needs. For instance, we can find other people to give us what we crave. These people can be healthy (caring, loving, selfless) or unhealthy (preoccupied, selfish or needy themselves). Or perhaps we think no I don't need people to meet our needs because they will fail us so we don't depend on them. I know I...
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