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Recognizing Emotional Eating
Orthorexia Symptoms and Effects
OCD and Perfectionism: So, what is the difference?
Treating Social Anxiety using Exposure Therapy
Explaining how the Fear Hierarchy works to treat social anxiety
Staying Healthy
With fall just around the corner, there has never been a better time to get back into the groove of healthy habits, especially for women.
Understanding and Coping with Grief
Coping with the death of someone you care about may be one of the hardest challenges you face, and not just in terms of your emotional health. The fact is, grief can negatively affect your physical health as well. Here are 5 ways grieving can affect you emotionally and physically—and tips for working with your healthcare provider to manage any symptoms that you may have.
Life Transitions
Here’s are some tips for ensuring your life transition goes smoothly....
Teenagers and Stress: Ways to Help Your Teen Reduce Stress
In our technology driven society it is difficult for teens to feel like they have any downtime to decompress in an already stressful time in their lives. With stiff competition to get into college, friendships and relationships to balance, changes in their bodies, social media pressures, and home life issues, many teens are feeling an immense amount of pressure without realizing the impact it has on their physical and mental well-being.
Why Are Peers so Important to Adolescents?
In the adolescent years, peers provide an environment to help in the development of many skills and understanding that we need to become happy and productive adults. Adolescence is a time when a large part of the development of a teenager’s understanding, of why they are and what sort of adult they are to become is happening. It is a time when they search for a personal identity, distinct from their identity as a child or a part of the family.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
It can be defined as a body-image disorder, where an individual has persistent and intrusive thoughts and/or preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in their appearance. Typical areas of distress are hair, skin coloring, nose shape, chest, and stomach. Any area can be distorted with someone who has BDD. Typically, the area of focus is not distorted, it is a perceived defect, or there is a slight imperfection. 
Anger Management
There will undoubtedly be times when things won’t go your way. There will, in fact, be times when other people will do certain things that go against your values or simply don’t live up to your personal standards or expectations. And there will certainly be moments when the unexpected will happen — catching you off-guard and stirring your emotions. 
Self Esteem

Are You Suffering from Low Self-Esteem?

Do you lack the self-confidence and self-belief you need to make your own way in this world? Is this destroying your spirit and preventing you from moving forward in the way you had once imagined?

Stress Management Tips

The following list of stress management tips can help you rebalance your life and feel more at ease:

  1. Breathe easily: Breathing from your diaphragm oxygenates your blood, which helps you relax almost instantly.

  2. Visualize calm: It sounds new age-y, but it's highly effective in reducing stress.

  3. Give yourself a mini self-massage: Massage the palm of one hand by making a circular motion with the thumb of the other.

Overcoming Depression

Identifying the Symptoms of Depression Early Allows You to Begin Beating It Effectively

There is a very moving YouTube video about someone with depression and honestly, it pulls at the heart strings (see video below). It makes you stop and think about people around you who may be going through such an episode in their life.

A persons Overwhelming Depression can make Daily Tasks More Difficult
Living with a mental illness can make anyone exhausted, turning simple daily tasks into daunting and dreaded foes. Your responsibilities loom before you like an abysmal darkness that you can’t escape. Practicing self-care feels impossible. Even thinking about housework or errands exhausts you. Welcome to the hard days of overwhelming depression.
Describing your Depression Diagnosis Using Positive Language
Choosing to say, “I have depression” instead of saying, “I’m depressed.” Your depression diagnosis is a part of you, but it isn’t all of you. Using positive language to describe your illness helps you manage your illness.
Stress: Identifying Symptoms and How You Can Manage It
The last two weeks I have written about eating disorders so this week I wanted to talk about another important issue that all of us deal with from time to time: stress. I want to use this week’s blog to talk about the types of stress we encounter, the symptoms of stress, and some healthy living activities that can help manage it.
Confidence & Self-Esteem
Confidence and self-esteem are different, but by stepping outside your comfort zone to boost your confidence, you can also raise your self-esteem in the process. When we confront our fears or try new things – whether it’s through small or big steps – we challenge our model of who we are and what we thought we were capable of doing. Being confident does not necessarily mean you will have high self-esteem, but doing the things that boost confidence can help you raise self-esteem because confidence causes you to view yourself in a more positive light.
Overview of Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is an eating or feeding disturbance that is characterized by a persistent failure to meet appropriate nutritional and/or energy needs that leads to one or more of the following:
Distance Counseling
I use a program known as Doxy.me. I chose this program because Doxy.me is HIPAA compliant, which is important for a counseling setting. It functions just like the other programs. You open a free account on Doxy.me, add me to your contact list and with one click we can see each other and hear each other in real time. Sessions are still scheduled and last 50 minutes each just like in-person counseling.
How to Treat Self-Esteem Issues
Self-esteem is a term that really refers to how we think about ourselves. It is the aggregate of all of the thoughts that run through our mind when thinking about our confidence in our abilities. Good self-esteem, what they’re really talking about is a healthy level of self-confidence. Poor self-esteem on the other hand, has to do with excessive self-criticism. Pervasive poor self-esteem can result in anxiety and depression. Below are some treatment options that licensed therapists can use to help clients with self-esteem issues.
What is Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety is a normal, natural emotion. Anxiety helps us cope with tense situations, and can motivate us to work harder or stay focused on solving issues that we are facing, it helps us manage many challenges that we are faced with daily. When anxiety interferes with our ability to function in daily life, at work, at school, and in relationships it may be due to a medical condition called anxiety disorder.
Treatment Strategies for Eating Disorders
To follow-up on last week’s blog about eating disorders, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about treatment strategies. Treatment strategies are tailored to the individual so there is no one-size that fits all. I develop a custom treatment plan for each of my clients to fit their needs and goals.
Eating Disorders: Facts and Impacts on Families
Welcome to my blog series where I look forward to sharing important information to you on mental health issues. I hope that you are able to learn something new from these blogs and be able to share them with others. Don’t forget to bookmark my blog so you can check back often for new information. Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to seeing back here on a regular basis.
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