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Counselling in the Community
When people ask me:” at what point shall I seek counseling?” I tell them: “if you feel like you are not as ...
Are You Procrastinating Again?
We all do it, we set goals, create actions to take, say we are going to do something but somewhere along the way we lose sigh...
Archetypal Pattern Analyst at the Garden
I am a member of a collective garden, where about 20 of us work together to grow food, educate ourselves on sustainability, p...
Anxiety Symptoms and Treatment
Anxiety Symptoms & Treatment It’s important to remember that when dealing with anxiety we first understand that it...
Deprssion is different than feeling down from time to time. You may be going through a tough time in your life and feel sad. ...
I don’t know if anyone has ever told you guys this, but getting a Ph.D. takes forever. I honestly thought that I would be strolling across that stage flanked by my grandkids, leaning on my walker before I ever finished the darn thing. It wasn’t too bad, because I’m one of those weirdos that loved graduate school. My undergraduate studies, however, were a different story.
I am always excited to see college students in my practice because I keenly remember what it was like to be one. Though I hit my stride in graduate school, I found the rush and confusion of my undergraduate program to be challenging. During my Master’s and Doctoral degrees, I studied psychotherapy or something related to it all day, every day. Life made sense. But, during those first four years, running from Underwater Basket Weaving to Spanish to Women’s Lit all in one day fried my brain. Fortunately, I learned to survive and thrive, managing both my classes and extracurricular activitie...
Addiction Therapy and Addiction Coaching
Trying to the find the perfect fit for a therapist should not be a daunting task. You need a therapist that can work around your schedule and meet your unique needs. You need a therapist that can get to the root cause of the addiction quickly. You need a therapist that is an out of the box thinker and does not simply use one style of ‘therapy’, because YOU are unique. You need a professional forward thinker that understands you and can be 100% CONFIDENTIAL.
Cali Estes, The Premier Addictions Coach, will meet your needs in a therapy session because she understands the high profile client. She is a progressive forward thinker and Cali specializes in understanding addiction on many levels. In your sessions with Cali Estes you will gain an understanding of your behavior, the cause for it, and the proper steps to work towards correcting it. You will begin to regain control of your life and that ‘learned hopeless...
So I recently noticed that whenever my wife is driving I automatically try to help her whenever she is getting upset with careless drivers.
I do this by pointing out: “Honey, you really don’t have to get sooooooo upset with other drivers’ recklessness. !” (I have attended a lot of Mindfulness Meditation Retreats over the past)
Or ” Honey… just step back from this experience and just see it for what it is”
Often she does not hear my suggestions and so I have to repeat them.
(Usually in a louder voice)
Almost predictably she refuses my help and is still verbally angry with the other drivers.
I add more emphatically: “HONEY ! , this really doesn’t help your blood pressure”… !!
(Good medical advice doesn’t seem to help her at all !)
For some reason she is now upset and annoyed with ME. (?)
She is so stubborn when i provide such sage advice.
I, too frequently, have improved this...
I was going to write on a different topic this month but I kept being led back to write about ways to overcome stress and anxiety as it seems relevant to so many people right now. It’s far to easy for us keep quiet, not say anything, feel embarrassed to reach out for help and just manage on our own. We take pride in independence yet often what we are craving is community, connection and a sense of belonging. Being a part of something bigger then ourselves and connecting with others may be just what we need. A certain amount of stress is healthy and just a part of life. Admit it, you’d be bored if you didn’t have anything challenging in your life.
So, what are some things you can do when experiencing stress and anxiety?
First of all – Stop, take 5 deep, full breaths counting to 5 on each inhale and exhale. Within 3 min’s the survival hormones of cortisol and adrenaline should return to normal and your physical symptoms should subside. If they don&rs...
Dr. Larry Nims, the founder of the amazing energy psychology modality Be Set Free Fast™ and authorized BSFF™ trainer Alfred Heath will be in Belgium to teach a 2-day training on the weekend of 4-5 May. They will be sharing the latest developments in this cutting edge self-help technology to even more quickly and effectively foster emotional freedom.
You can learn more about this rare opportunity at the link provided, and if you register now you can still take advantage of the 10% Earlybird discount price of €225. However, you want to hurry because after 3 March it will be €250 (still a great price, but why not use that savings for a nice dinner or keep it in your pocket?).
But the more important reason you want to REGISTER NOW is because SPACES ARE LIMITED. Over half of our available seats went within the first three weeks of emailing to our lists, and we expect to sell out well in advance of the date. So reserve your place NOW for what will be a powerful learni...
Generalised anxiety anxiety refers to a level of concern and worry that has become dysfunctional rather than helpful in your day-to-day life. Your helpful anxiety which gets you out of harm’s way and motivates you to study, has gone over the top.
Generalized anxiety means that in every single sphere of life, you worry, feel ill at ease, and just plain anxious. Feeling positive and joy-filled is a state that you rarely feel.
Generalised anxiety involves a constant and unrealistic level of fear and worry. Anxiety is the automatic physiological physical changes that occur in response to perceived threat or danger. When we think we’re in danger or when we are, an immediate message is sent throughout our body: that of D A N G E R. With that perception of danger comes an automatic jolt of adrenaline to prepare us to either ‘fight’ (tackle the situation head on), ‘flight’ (flee from the situation). The helpful ‘fight or flight’ response gets u...
These are my first three rules to keep the excitement of 21st life becoming too overwhelming.
1. Assess the damage
I’ve found in my life and in my counselling practice that some stress is caused by worrying over something relatively minor. Using a scale of one to ten, with ten being the worst thing you can imagine happening, put an event in your current set of worries that corresponds to each number.
Your list will reflect your priorities. Unless you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one recently, or you’re going through divorce, this exercise forces you to re-appraise and to realise that there are no 10 on your list. A house burning down will affect each of you very differently so that event may vary from a 6 to a 10 - depending on things like how long you've lived there, what precious irreplaceable items were burnt in the fire and so on.
Once you’ve made that list, refer to it from time to time. Try to develop a sense of proportion about events and situation...
How do you get yourself to do things you say you want to do? Do you bully and fight yourself? Is your spouse upset because you seem to consistently avoid important tasks? Do you often procrastinate? Have you been avoiding doing certain tasks and now it's catching up with you? Bills piling up? Hoarding? Poor grades at school? Has yours been a pattern of saying you want to exercise or clean out the garage or write that book, yet it just doesn't happen. Answering "yes" to any of the questions below may point to a motivation style that needs revising. How we organize our thinking can either support us or deplete the "quality" and "vitality" of our lives.
Motivation Style: Is Yours Working for You?
1- Do you focus on ‘thinking of disasters that will happen if something is not done’ and in turn feel tense and stressed out? Yes No
2- Does a thinking style of worrying and focu...
As I venture further into my love affair with Reiki, I am learning more and more about something we all take for granted, breathing. One of the nicknames for breathing is 'the elixir of life'. Another one is the 'path of life.' Breathing is so critical in our lives. Yet we often forget to do it (at least in a beneficial way). I am reading about methods to incorporate breathing into both my life and my Reiki practice that are fascinating and effective. You can survive on the oxygen that has accumulated in your skin cells for a very long time as long as you are able to tap that as a source. Breathing can work as a much more effective way to channel Reiki and thus heal both giver and receiver. Want to live a long, happy and stress free life? Breathe!
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STRESS LESS DURING THE HOLIDAYS
Traditions are important! Plan a family meeting to determine what traditions are important to everyone. Incorporate components of every individual’s desires if possible.
Follow a budget
Financial concerns often become more evident during this time of the year as we try to balance travel, gifts and entertaining on top of what may be an already stretched budget. Just remember to set a budget for your holiday shopping/plans. Planning is key and will prevent piling up debts.
Give yourself plenty of time when traveling
Holiday travel has a tendency to increase feelings of pressure. Give yourself ample time to get where you need to go and bring activities if you have little ones.
Don’t eliminate exercise
We often find maintaining our normal exercise routines difficult to fit in our busy holiday schedules. Shorten your exercise routines if you need to but do not eliminate them. And don't...
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