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There is a stereotype that LGBT persons don't desire long-term, meaningful relationships‑that we would rather experience an...
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When people ask me:” at what point shall I seek counseling?” I tell them: “if you feel like you are not as ...
The Molecular Weight of Secrets...
May 9, 2013 It is a beautiful Spring day in Portland, Oregon. I turn in my chair to look out the big skylight in my office. ...
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...
Anxiety Symptoms and Treatment
Anxiety Symptoms & Treatment It’s important to remember that when dealing with anxiety we first understand that it...
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I went on my first diet at around the age of 23, which is 21 years ago. I had been a slim child and teenager and never thought about food until I began to ‘comfort eat’ during my late teens when I was unhappy at wo...
(From the Downtown Therapy blog. Check it out to see more)
I bumped into an old acquaintance the other day. We had both worked for a rather chaotic company years earlier. The so-called “survivors” met for dinner once a year to catch-up and share stories of our time in that company. He asked why I couldn’t attend the most recent dinner. I guessed that, because I’d changed my email address a while back, the invitations were being sent to an account that was no longer in service.
When I asked him how it went, he shrugged and smiled. He said: “Oh, you know, (x) is still high-strung. (y) is still gloomy. (z) still acts like everyone’s Mom.”
“People don’t change.” he said, shaking his head. It felt like a definitive statement for him.
We parted ways and his words echoed with me. After all, what’s my purpose as a therapist if that statement were true? I believe in change: I’ve experienced it myself and have seen it s...
“Quartet,” a new film directed by Dustin Hoffmann, has opened to favorable but mixed reviews. The story takes place in England at Beecham House, a home for retired musicians, and centers on preparations for the annual benefit concert, presented by the residents. Some reviewers have complained about the resemblance of the plot to the old Andy Hardy, “let’s put on a show,” movies. Others have found unconvincing the sudden reconciliation between two characters who had once been briefly married. I take issue with the reviewers who find the entire depiction of the aged musicians to be sentimental and unrealistic. According to them, it would seem, a realistic presentation would have half the residents lolling semi-sentient with their chins on their chests.
“Every scene insists that real physical or mental infirmity belongs in some other picture.” [Entertainment Weekly, Lisa Schwarzbaum]“The film is far from honest about aging. Everyone seems i...
Intimacy will never completely satisfy you externally until you have receive inwardly, therefore a climax is just a fleeting memory that comes and goes. But intimacy with a lover causes one to want beyond human reasoning where there is only room enough for love,
Dr. Titus S McMillan.
In times like these most of us are reflecting on the relationships that have bridged the formula's of family, No we may not aways agree. We may not even get along. Yet the identity is undeniable, I am a product of my heritage. It is like a finger print that bears the signature of grandma's corn bread, it's a classic song that you rehearse over and over just before the family reunion. and sometimes it's the family rival that neither has reason, nor will it ever end. Then the ehco's of one fine day speaks louder than the disappointment, reminding some little boy, on this day my dad and I play baseball on this mount 20yrs. ago. Some little girl remembers her mom teaching her to braid her own hair for ...
One day last week I was thinking about sugar. I think about sugar often as I am addicted to the effect that sugar has on my emotional well-being. As regular readers of my blog will know, I occasionally write articles about the stuff and find articles I can link you to as well. One of the reasons that I decided to specialise as a personal coach in the area of weight loss and management is because I wanted to help those people, like myself, that have had struggles with losing weight and keeping it off in the long-term. We all seem to have an Achilles heel when it comes to our ‘go-to’ comfort food. My own personal favourite has, for about 26 years, been chocolate; the cheaper kinds preferably, like Cadbury’s Dairy Milk. When I have feelings that I don’t want to deal with, when I’m happy or sad, chocolate is my food of choice. Of course, the sane and rational part of me and especially the coach in me, knows that this is not the best choice for me and I know, y...
Wow! We are already well into 2013. How are you doing with your goals? Have you lost some weight? Have you put a serious dent into that massive debt? What about finding the ONE yet? The reality is by week 3 many have NOT even come close to completing their New Year’s resolutions. BUT, you did not come into this New Year and new season ready to just give up, right? You were meant to get all you can from 2013! So here are 3 keys that will help you get moving and get what you need in 2013.
- Be Honest!
- My mom used to say, “If you need help, say so.” Many of us look at asking for help as a weak action. But the truth is those who ask for help are the ones that are the strongest. Counseling is one of the best ways to get the personal help you may need. Counseling will provide 2 things: a) provide a safe place to “brain dump” or “soul dump” so that you can decipher what is good to keep and what may need to be thrown away; b) Counseling is that sup...
If I could eliminate one thing from my life it would be worry. Instead I would focus on all that I have. I had a wonderful reminder of this earlier this morning as my wife was waving goodbye to me from outside my front door. If you feel like you have the love and support of friends and family then anything is possible and there is no need to worry.
You can cry a million tears
You can wait a million years
If you think that time will change your ways
Don't wait too long.
Take a chance, play your part
Make romance, it might break your heart.
But if you think that time will change your ways
Don't wait too long.
- Madeleine Peyroux, Don't Wait Too Long from Careless Love
- co-writers Jesse Harris and Larry Klein
I myself have probably waited too long to begin writing this blog, as I've been meaning to do so for months, perhaps years. So, I begin today, a few days before the New Year, as it is as good a time as any and as I am fully inspired by Ms. Peyroux.
Of course, she's talking about taking a chance in finding love, romance. But some of us wait too long for many things in our life, putting things off for later. Or hope that time will correct our current situation by itself. How many of us say things like, "as soon as I pay off that credit card, I'll look for that new job" or "after the holidays, I'll stop eating sugar and go to the gy...
As we leave 2012 behind, and begin 2013, it helps to set our intentions for the upcoming year, while taking the time to reflect on where we have been. The following 4 steps provide us with a guide to developing a mental blueprint for achieving these intentions and thriving in 2013.
Take the time to reflect and write your answers to the following questions on a piece of paper, in a journal, or a notebook, where it won't get lost. You can do this exercise alone or with a partner. Try not to over- think the questions. Just allow your mind to come up with the answers within a couple of minutes. If, for some reason, your mind goes blank, allow the questions to settle in your psyche over the next couple of days and see if you don't come up with the answers easily and effortlessly, perhaps when you least expect it.
- In looking back on your achievements this past year, what would you consider the most important or the ones you feel most proud of?
- What did those achievements teach you about...
So the next step in my blog about Modern Amazons. I said that I would start to focus more on the different people I thought should be in every woman's tribe. The very first position in an Amazon Tribe is the Queen aka. YOU! How can you have a tribe if you don't get it together? This doesn't mean you get to walk around ordering people to wash your unmentionables and cook you your favorite chicken cordon bleu. But you have the right and responsibility to yourself to remove the poisonous people from your life, help the people who need your help, and cherish the people who give of themselves everyday for you.
I am all about EVERYDAY CELEBRATIONS, celebrate the people in your life! I know that everyday I have something positive that I can tell the women in my life. This could be your mom, best friend, co-worker, or even your little princess pooch. When you treat women like the important people that you want and need in your tribe- they will start treating you like a queen: with love, respe...
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