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Larry Kudlow Admits That He Still Struggles With Addiction After 18 Years Sober
A CNBC anchor, former Wall Street economist and Ronald Reagan adviser has told how he’s still struggling with his decad...
NAVIGATING THE STRESS OF THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS
NAVIGATING THE STRESS OF THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS by Carol Sampson, LCSW As the parent of a high school student and a therapis...
Raising Natural Born Killers? Sheen Twin's Violent Behavior Due to Mom's Abuse of Drugs and Alcohol
Los Angeles, Nov 12 (IANS) Socialite Brooke Mueller has agreed to have her twins Bob and Max tested for "fetal alcohol and dr...
Black Friday Turns To Black Eye Friday
A dispute over a parking spot turned violent outside a Wal-Mart in Tazewell, Va. Two men were charged after the altercation. ...
Tune In Today- Cali Estes Talks About Stress And Addiction In The Business World
One Hour At A TIme- Host Mary Woods Monday, November 25, 2013 Stress and Addiction in the Business World with Guest Cali E...
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Thirty years ago, I was introduced recovery. It was not long after my 27th birthday. Because I come from generations of families that had at least one practicing alcoholic, I made it my mission to learn as much as I could about the disease of addiction. The first book I read on the topic is titled, "Under the Influence." The book today is just as enlightening and relevant as it was three decades ago. I encourage all of my clients with a family history of addiction to read this ground-breaking book. And I encourage fellow collegues who do not embrace a family systems approach to therapy to read it as well.
Long before the psychological community adopted a family systems view of counseling, the addiction community emphasized the importance of including family members of addicts in the treatment process. The 12-step community already had Alanon and Adult Children of Alcoholics groups to support the family. Modern-day rehab facilities lagged far behind this grass-root ef...
Although it is nicknamed the season of joy, many people can get a bit 'down' this time of year. Maybe it is the weather or the lack of light. Maybe it's loneliness, lack of money or the loathing of a situation (job, home, relationship). The fact is that the joy always exists whether we choose to participate in it or not. Not participating in joy even if you want to-that would be known in the healing world as a 'blockage.' A (mental, spiritual) blockage just means that your energy is not flowing as it should be-rememeber our energy system, just like water or electricity needs to be in constant motion. When it stops flowing is exactly the time that mental/physical/spiritual problems develop (btw Modern Medicine is just starting to catch on to this). The solution is to simply get your energy flowing again. How do you do this? Well certainly any healing art such as self hypnosis, meditation, yoga, tai chi, EFT or Reiki would help. Even easier, simply move. That's right, move. This can be men...
[From the Downtown Therapy blog]
Short answer: no.
Long answer… If you don’t feel that seeing a therapist yourself (or therapy itself) is bad, then why should it be concerning if your therapist chooses to see someone? Many therapists see their own therapist, and it shouldn’t be surprising. After all, therapists are tasked with working with a wide array of potential concerns from an even wider array of individuals and couples. That’s a lot of emotion and anger, and anxiety to contend with; depending upon what’s going on in that therapist’s life sometimes the therapist-as-therapist and the therapist-as-private-individual divide can become difficult to delineate.
A rough metaphor would be working with a fitness trainer and then one day coming into the gym and seeing your trainer privately working out, perhaps even struggling with her regimen in a way that is proportionate to your own.
This concern speaks to an expectation in some quarters t...
This is Part III of a series of blogs about how to be/get happy. Happy is a personal feeling and a state of mind. Make a concerted effort to get as many happy points as possible (for you) everyday. What does “happiness” require? What does “happy” mean to you? Do you believe someone is happy judging only by a smiling face? How would you define happiness? Are certain things ‘happy-making’ across the board i.e. for everyone? I think you’ll find that happiness IS different for everyone. Being happy may be easier for some than others due to emotional or situational issues specific to the individual. I suggest considering all things happy, in context. There’s happy and even the wrong kind or too much happiness. Refer to “greatergood” link at the end of this article. 11. Adjust your diet (specifically for you)– research shows that wheat, gluten and sugar affect the body and brain chemistry. Evaluate your current nutrient intake....
Part II “Happy” (for references and additional links, refer to Part I) “Happiness is ephemeral, subject to the vagaries of everything from the weather to the size of your bank account (RD).”
6. Make Scents
The benefits of aromatherapy are supported by scientific research. “In one study people exposed to rosemary had lower anxiety levels, increased alertness, and performed math computations faster. Adults exposed to lavender showed an increase in the type of brain waves that suggest increased relaxation.” A variety of products are available, from plug-in air fresheners to essential oil diffusers, potpourri, and scented candles. My favorite is essential oils (there are as many scents to choose from subtle to powerful– flowery to fruity to musky in an electric diffusers – a few drops (customize by combining 2 or 3 scents is all it takes. You can find what scents can benefit your specific issue/goal on the internet.
7. Eliminate alcohol
3 tips to lower stress and anxiety for the holidays.
1. Make a list now, all the things you need to do. Baking, shoping, travel, wrapping, cleaning, cooking etc. and make a time line of when you plan to fit those items in.
2. Start eating healthy now. Do not wait until January 1 to get your food choices under control. If you eat better, you feel better.
3. Get into yoga, meditation and relaxation. Even if you still still for 5 min and clear your head you will feel better.
More tips each week.
"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is... infinite." - William Blake
Join meditation facilitator Tracy Cox, B. Msc., IMM, CIMM, as she leads you through a guided healing meditation designed to correct your energy and allow you to be open to manifest true prosperity, health, wealth and happiness. The program will be accompanied by relaxing meditation music, and will be presented from a Metaphysical Science wellness approach. Everyone will be able to benefit from the healing energy, no matter what their belief system.
In this session, we will focus on using the energy of the Frosty Moon, or Beaver Moon to help us to manifest healing on all levels within ourselves, and our loved ones. Beginners to advanced seekers will all find something to use in their own spiritual practice, and families are most welcome.
The Beaver Moon was considered sacred by our ancient ancestors, and was recognized as an import...
People often ask me how I do the work that I do, and I usually give them some variation of the following answer:
I’ve found, over the past few years, that I’ve learned to dig deep for my own sense of hopefulness. I’ve learned to trust that everyone sitting across from me is doing the absolutely utmost that they can be doing at any given moment, and that their inherent impulse towards growth and change will guide them to seek health, to seek new ways of handling life, and to move towards a greater sense of well-being.
The trouble is, there are moments when I don’t believe that. They are fleeting, but they sneak up on me when things are feeling so stuck, so impassable, for my clients (or myself), that I begin to feel as though we’re sitting in tar. This is what deep depression feels like. This is what chronic pain feels like, and unresolved trauma, and systemic oppressions like racism and rape culture, and never seeming to get a break no matter how hard yo...
EXPRESSIVE ARTS FOR GROWTH AND TRANSFORMATION:
I was first introduced to expressive arts through a personal journey of transofrmation following a significant and life altering accident. As I healed from serious physical injuries and emotional trauma related to my accient, art making was the healing agent in my life.
From this experience I have sought training in expressive arts therapy as both a therapeutic tool for my clients and as a way to work with individuals and couples for personal growth, tranformation, and relationship enhancement.
Expressive arts utilizes the power of creativity to open up the body, mind, and spirit. It refers to the intentional use of creative modalities such as guided writing, poetry, movement, visual art making such as painting and collage, as well as drama to generate growth on a personal level and in relation to others. When we use creative expression with this type of intention we access our inner wisdom and true nature. This connection to one's s...
Have you ever been so overwhelmed with emotion that you have difficulty communicating? Perhaps your words come out in an explosion and then immediately after you feel regret and shame? This experience has been called, "emotional hijacking" by theorists such as Brent Atkinson (Pragmatic-Experiential Therapy for Couples), Pat Ogden (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy) and Daniel Seigle (Interpersonal Neurobiology). When we feel threatened, our lower brain, sometimes called the reptilian brain, comes online and "hijacks" our ability to reason and make decisions. Our bodies think we are in danger and our brains make us believe that the best way out of danger is to fight, run away or simply freeze.
Becoming aware of the building sensations of fear, anger, hurt, and anxiety allows you to taking a time out from the discussion and calm your nervous system. It is also important to taking care of your relationship by giving a timeframe for when you will return to th...
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