Exercise, Your Mood Improvement Tool

  • 26th February 2019

“How does exercise affect your mood?”, I asked my fellow classmates after a recent early morning workout in the pool. The answers came back immediately and enthusiastically: “It helps me focus in the morning and calms me down at night. It makes me happy. If I’m stressed when I start,…

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Understanding Anxiety: It’s Worth the Work

  • 29th January 2019

The topic of anxiety is a common one, particularly in the counseling office; indeed, at times it seems everyone is discussing “my anxiety”, the “nation’s anxiety” and “our kid’s” anxiety. Reasons we experience anxiety are many although current events currently seem to be at the top of the list. As…

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Listening to Loneliness

  • 23rd October 2018

Loneliness impacts us all at one time or another. It is uncomfortable and unpleasant, but the feeling of loneliness lets us know that we are human and that we long for a connection beyond ourselves. It is not an emotion to despise, but to listen to and honor; one which…

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Dialogue in Marriage

  • 30th September 2018

To know someone and to be known by the other is the essence of true love. This intimacy needs to grow in a healthy  relationship. A hindrance to good listening in marriage is fear of hearing the other’s true feelings. It is helpful to keep in mind that we can’t…

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Positive Psychology

  • 3rd September 2018

For many decades the fields of psychology and medicine has been concerned with pathology and “what is wrong with the patient?” Fortunately, a movement began a few years ago that has encouraged preventative care and being more proactive in healthcare. In the field of clinical psychology, this movement is known…

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Pornography: Beyond Casual Interest

  • 30th June 2018

It is of little surprise to most individuals that one of the preeminent concerns leading many parents and adult clients to enter into therapy involves the poor impulse control related to online pornography viewing. Parents, understandably concerned, often focus on the active pursuit and eager viewing of these materials. Adults,…

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Bad Mood?…Blame the Weather

  • 23rd May 2018

This year, autumn felt like an extended summer. Winter couldn’t make up its mind if it wanted to be mild or harsh and then it didn’t want to end, giving us a snow storm in March. Spring has been a series of major ups and downs in temperatures, going from…

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A Psychodynamic View of Reactive Depression

  • 10th April 2018

In an attempt to spark interest in a type of therapeutic approach known as “psychodynamic,” here excerpts from an interview with Dr. James Hollis, a well-known Jungian analyst and the author of Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really, Grow Up.  (To view the entire…

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March Madness

  • 17th March 2018

March Madness. Basketball. Sweet Sixteen. Final Four. It’s that time of year when college basketball rules ESPN and prime time TV. Brackets are posted. Cinderella teams emerge. Highly ranked teams are upset. The frenzy of excitement spills over into the beginning of April, and a team of 19-23-year-old young men…

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