Finding Mindfulness in an Age of Depression & Anxiety

We live in uncertain times. Actually, things have always felt uncertain to the people who live in those times, but these days it might feel even more heightened, with the hyperconnectivity of the internet, social media and constant messaging, comparing ourselves to everyone else, and a very tense, divisive political situation (not just in the U.S., but in many countries). …

For Men Only – Men’s Mental Health

At A New Day Family Counseling, we understand the challenges men face today to improve their mental health. Men typically engage in fewer health-promoting behaviors, have fewer social supports, possess less effective behavioral responses to stress, and use fewer health care services than women. Men are 4 times more likely than females to die from suicide attempts (Centers for Disease …

Understanding Alcoholic Neuropathy – Addiction Counseling Westwood New Jersey

Alcoholic neuropathy is one of the most common and least recognizable consequences of heavy alcohol use. People with a long history of alcohol misuse might experience pain, tingling, weakness, numbness, or loss of balance as a result of alcoholic neuropathy. Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholic Neuropathy Signs and symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy can progress gradually, and they are usually subtle …

What America Can Learn from Couples Therapy

The principles of good communication for Couples Therapy Palo Alto could also apply to divided Americans. At family gatherings, in bars and restaurants, relatives and friends are shouting at each other instead of engaging in what used to be called political discussions. These high-volume, emotionally charged exchanges are also increasingly the norm in venues ranging from local governments to national …

Online Counseling for Work Stress New York City

Online Counseling for Work Stress New York City What does your reflection reveal? There are times when we see parts of our character we don’t like. The moments are often fleeting, yet can be haunting. Did I snap too harshly on the person again? Was I too passive in the meeting as usual? Am I too smothering to my child …

Online Counseling in Texas

The Pros of Online Therapy Are you considering Online Counseling in Texas? The internet has opened up new avenues for mental health treatment, but there are some pros and cons you should consider before you decide if e-therapy, also known as teletherapy,1 is right for you. In the face of the social distancing measures required in our COVID-19 crisis, many …

Online therapy in Texas

online therapy Texas Online counseling is the provision of professional mental health counseling services through the Internet. Services are typically offered via email, real-time chat, and video conferencing. Some clients use online counseling in conjunction with traditional psychotherapy, or nutritional counseling, and a growing number of clients are using online counseling as a replacement for office visits. While some form …

Online Counseling DC

Welcome back to our Online Counseling DC newsletter series addressing the question we’ve been hearing from our community of clients: Is my response to the abnormality, normal? Last time, we focused on your own thoughts and feelings. In this 3rd installment, we are focusing on what our community is noticing in their relationships with others. Relating in Isolation As depicted in the …

Psychologist Chapel Hill N.C. – Telehealth

Recent developments in the COVID-19 pandemic have motivated me to transition to an entirely virtual practice. I believe firmly that social distancing is the safest and most ethical way to ensure the well-being for everyone and protect my clients. I use a HIPAA-compliant platform that can be accessed by phone, iPad, or computer. No set-up needed; you simply click a …

Social Media and Suicide Among Teens

Digital media, including social media, became a centerpiece of day to day life at a seemingly exponential rate. Before I graduated high school in 2006, I remember many evenings spent on ICQ (used to chat with friends), making simple websites with shout outs to my friends which included obnoxious lists of inside jokes, and playing The Sims Online. I whiled …

Couples Therapy Palo Alto: Relationships in the Tech World.

Couples Therapy Palo Alto

Being a Marriage and Family Therapist in the Bay Area specializing in Couples Therapy Palo Alto, means I have the privilege to meet clients from very diverse backgrounds. One of them is the Silicon Valley background which is a culture in and of itself. Clients and couples with this background share some distinct characteristics: high achieving, hard working, intelligent, ambitious, …

Family Stress Test

Counseling Plainfield Illinois

Family Stress Test Stress is a natural and normal “by-product” of every family’s life. In fact, family stress can bring out the best of us: as we stretch to meet the challenges we face, we become better parents, our children blossom and our families grow. But too much stress can spiral our families in the other direction. Take this Thriving …

Disorganized Attachment

Mary Ainsworth’s work on attachment identified three attachment categories (secure, insecure avoidant, and insecure ambivalent/resistant). The development of the disorganized/disoriented classification evolved as a part of Mary Main’s doctoral research in which she noticed that approximately 10% of infants in Ainsworth’s Strange Situation Procedure were difficult to classify.1 Disorganized attachment is an additional attachment category that was identified in 1986 …

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most widely used evidence-based treatment for depression and anxiety. In CBT, the focus is on thoughts, and how they directly affect emotions, and behaviors. If you are having a lot of negative thoughts, you are likely to have a lot of negative feelings. During cognitive behavioral treatment, you and your therapist will work together …

How Well Are You Listening to Your Children and Others?

When our children come to us with a problem, we usually want to help them. So we console, interpret, advise, distract or praise. Other times, we feel we must teach our children, and so we interrogate, lecture, moralize or order. And probably more often than we’d like, we respond angrily—blaming, criticizing, ridiculing, shaming or withdrawing. However, all of these responses …

Couples Therapy DC + Online Counseling DC

Your Reaction to “The New Normal”: Are My Thoughts And Feelings Normal? How Are You? No, Really, How are you? The answer to this question is often a resounding, “Eh.” As therapists, we see the silver lining in this: emotional honesty (we can see your eye roll). We have found that because we are in a difficult common experience, we …

Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety and fear are a normal part of human experience. We all face feelings of fear and anxiety in situations like starting a new job or public speaking, or we may experience fear if we are in a dangerous situation. Anxiety can motivate us to make sure we are prepared for challenges, and fear can be protective by letting us …

Couples Therapy After Infidelity

Infidelity can often feel like the end of your relationship. However, it doesn’t always have to mean that the relationship is over. Couples can and do work through infidelity. It’s not an easy process. However, with the help of therapy, it can be done. In fact, you may discover that coming together after infidelity actually strengthens your marriage, despite the …

Albert Ellis’ ABC Model in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Spotlight

Albert Ellis’s ABC Model is a major part of his rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT). REBT served as a sort of precursor to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and the ABC Model is now a treatment commonly used in CBT interventions. This article will cover what the ABC Model is, how it and REBT relate to CBT, and finally the ways in which …

How to Be Happy You Loved, More than You’re Sorry You Lost

Can you make the old adage work for you? You know how the adage goes, you’re just not sure if it’s the wisest thing someone has ever said about love, or complete nonsense. “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” — Alfred Lord Tennyson You might not know much about life and love, …

Marketing in the Mental Health Services Industry is it Ethical?

The Ethics of Therapist Marketing Exploring therapists’ resistance to marketing themselves based on a cultural taboo that they perceive. Therapist Website Design and Marketing Explained Steve Jobs once said “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the …

Carl Jung and AA: is a Theistic Psychopathology Feasible?

In a letter to Carl Jung that was recently made public on the Web, Bill Wilson, founder of A.A., reminds Jung of a conversation that Jung had 30 years before with one of his patients who was an alcoholic: “That conversation between you was to become the first link in the chain of events that led to the founding of …

Oedipus Complex

The Oedipus complex, or Oedipal complex, is one of Freud’s most famous theories. Even if you don’t know anything else about the psychologist, you’ve probably heard it mentioned. And yet, chances are, you aren’t quite sure what it means. It has something weird to do with desiring your mother, right? Kind of, but not exactly. Freud’s theory is nuanced and …

Modern technology is akin to the metaphysics of Vedanta

You might think that digital technologies, often considered a product of ‘the West’, would hasten the divergence of Eastern and Western philosophies. But within the study of Vedanta, an ancient Indian school of thought, I see the opposite effect at work. Thanks to our growing familiarity with computing, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI), ‘modern’ societies are now better …

Treatment for PTSD Trauma Therapy

The main treatments for people with PTSD are psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Everyone is different, so a treatment that works for one person may not work for another. Some people may need to try different treatments to find what works best for their symptoms. Regardless of what treatment option you chose, it is important for anyone …

Medical Marijuana for Depression: CBD and THC

Medical marijuana has many different benefits. It has been found to help people with nausea, chronic pain, and anxiety. It is also a treatment option for people with depression. If you are considering medical marijuana for depression, then it is important to understand the roles of both THC and CBD. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabinol (CBD) are the two active components …

The History of Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Depression

Many people who have heard of ketamine have negative associations with the drug. It is a derivative of the hallucinogenic drug PCP, and for awhile it was a very popular club drug. However, that’s not how the story of the drug began, nor is it where the story should end. In the right doses, ketamine is a very useful drug …

16 Things Everybody Should Stop Doing In Order To Be Successful

Often in life, to be successful it doesn’t require doing more. It requires you to stop. To eliminate the waste in your life. In a culture hardwired to “do it all”, it can be counterintuitive to do less. It goes against everything we’ve been told to do. Try harder, do more. One man that lived nearly 2,000 years ago learned …

How Antisocial Personality Disorder Is Diagnosed

Antisocial personality disorder is diagnosed based on meeting criteria described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual on Mental Disorders, the book that mental health professionals use to assess patients. Although the fifth edition (DSM-5) was published in 2012, some clinicians continue to use the fourth edition (DSM-IV) in making diagnoses. To assess a person for antisocial personality disorder, a mental …

To Be Resilient, Face Tragedy With Humor and Flexibility

People who are resilient tend to be flexible – flexible in the way that they think about challenges, and flexible in the way that they react emotionally to stress. They are not wedded to a specific style of coping. Instead, they shift from one coping strategy to another depending upon the circumstances. Many are able to accept what they cannot …

Why Great Success Can Bring Out the Worst of Our Personalities

By any measure, Elon Musk is exceptionally successful. Having cofounded and sold PayPal, he quickly moved on to launching a range of ventures with world-changing aspirations for how we generate energy, transport ourselves and our goods, interface with machines, and explore our solar system. These ventures are unified in their vision — really more of an obsessive quest — for …

Nutrition Coaching: What is it and how can it help me?

Can proper nutrition improve my mental health? When fighting anxiety, stress, or depression you need to have a secure support network and reliable people in your corner. An understanding therapist and trustworthy friends and family are definitely on the top of the list. Someone you may not think about adding to your team is a knowledgeable nutrition coach. It may …

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Is it for you? What you need to know about this useful and practical therapy style. Do you often deny your feelings, avoid issues, or struggle with your inner emotions? Often think that your hardships are “unfair” or that you always get the short end of the stick? Want to learn how to face concerns head-on and move forward in …

The Game of Life

Has Life Changed that Much in the Last 150 years? If we go back in time to pre-Civil War era United States, we would see a country that is a 180 degrees different than the United States in 2008. The powerful, upper crust of society was dominated by the large plantation owners and slavery was a legal and accepted practice. …

The Case of the Disappearing Gender

I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on the effects of xenoestrogens, so the headline from the Globe and Mail wasn’t that shocking. Humanity at Risk, it shouts: Are the Males Going First? The answer, like a bizarre take on the movie Children of Men (where the human race stops having children), is a cautious but disturbing affirmative. The …

Borderline Personality Disorder

“In a game of give and get,” the PhysOrg.com reporter emphasizes: “The brains of people with borderline personality disorder often don’t get it.” The interactive game to which he is referring was developed at the Baylor University College of Medicine and uses money to evaluate levels of trust between the players, according to a recent article which also appeared in …

Understanding Why You Have Obsessive Thoughts, and Where They Come From

There’s a big difference between being interested in something, and being ‘obsessed’ with it. We may not often recognize obsessive behaviors at first. However, they are often linked to different areas of anxiety. With that in mind, it’s important to understand why you might have obsessive thoughts, and where they come from. Once you know what triggers these thoughts within …

Keeping Your Identity When You Become a Parent

Becoming a parent is one of the most incredible experiences of anyone’s life. It completely changes things, and that’s more than just an old saying. It can alter the way you think about yourself, your partner, and life in general! While it can be a wonderful change, sometimes parenting can become overwhelming. Whether you’re a new parent, or you’ve been …

Fear of Failure

The fear of failure can be an intense feeling that can make it difficult to achieve your goals. The “what if” can stop even the most motivated person in their tracks and cause them to not reach their full potential. The fear of failure can come about any time we’re unsure of the outcome of a situation and can affect …

What Is Attachment Theory?

Being a parent isn’t easy. You’re expected to excel in a career and juggle the stressors of daily life, all while caring for a child that has little or no ability to care for themselves. It’s impossible to do it all. The laundry doesn’t get done, or you eat take out for dinner a few too many nights in a …

Knowing When It’s Over

People reason with themselves and others when it comes to staying in a relationship. It may have been magical and perfect when you first got together. But over time, things started to fall apart. You may be making excuses for yourself, or your partner at this point, but the bottom line is; you know the relationship isn’t where it once …

How to Recognize Anxiety and Depression in Older Adults

For some reason, most people don’t associate depression and anxiety with geriatric people as much as they do during other phases of life. No one can be blamed for this, really. It can be harder to identify these disorders in older adults for a variety of reasons. The biggest reason the disorders are so difficult to identify, though, are because …

How Walking in Nature Can Be Therapeutic

Humans were made to live in harmony with nature. Unfortunately, this relationship has deteriorated due to rapid damage to the environment, obsession with technology and the fear of the unknown, which makes people avoid outdoors. Scientific research over the years has shown incredible positive effects of taking a nature walk. Listed below are some therapeutic effects: Reducing inflammation Inflammation is …

Relationship Between Depression and Sleep Deprivation

If you find that you are restless the night before a big event and if you’re having difficulty falling asleep – not to worry. Your mind (and body) are preparing you for something important. However if your inability to sleep soundly occurs night after night for an extended period of time, you might begin to notice a performance decline at …

Searching For A Soulmate – In All The Wrong Places

We’re either taught from a young age, or we pick up from movies, TV, etc., that our ‘soulmate’ is out there, somewhere. Unfortunately, more often than not, it’s the guy we’re swooning over on TV that we think will end up being that soulmate of ours. It’s easy to be quickly reminded of late 1990’s ‘boy band’ groups when we’re …

Art Therapy, What is it?

According to arttherapy.org Art Therapy is defined this way… Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in …