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Hot Under the Collar

8 Common Anxiety Symptoms and a Few Ways to Begin to Cool Off By Rachael Bonaiuto, LPC When you have anxiety, it’s easy to feel like others don’t understand what you’re going through. Anxiety itself can make you feel as though you’re suffering from symptoms, worries and concerns that are not only pronounced – they […]

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Aliveness: Finding Presence through our Bodies, Finding Love through our Presence

By Rachael Bonaiuto, LPC “Spirit lives in you; it lives within your body, in every cell. You can touch the great Spirit by touching into your aliveness.”  – Brooke Medicine Eagle  How do we touch into our aliveness? I ask myself this question often… My best guess is embodiment… to be in our bodies, to […]

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Grief and Loss in Parenting

By Miki Fire, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist As a relatively new parent, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on the experience of this new role. Like many of you, my experience in parenting has come with some unbelievable moments of joy; the feeling of holding your baby for the first time, of seeing your baby […]

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What I say before I even open my mouth:

The value and importance of understanding non-verbal communication By Rachael Bonaiuto, LPC ”The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” –Peter F. Drucker  Why Non-Verbal Communication? The World English Dictionary defines nonverbal communication as “those aspects of communication, such as gestures and facial expressions, that do not involve verbal communication but which […]

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Realizing New Year’s Resolutions

 By Jan Hittelman The fresh start of a new year brings the promise of things to come. Too often our feelings of optimism soon give way to disappointment, as we are often unable to realize our new resolutions. Another year when we don’t lose weight, exercise more, do better in school, become more prosperous, etc. […]

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Saying the F Word More

 By Jan Hittelman Determining the root causes of most psychological disorders can be quite challenging and complex. It can be like detective work — getting a thorough history, identifying the specific symptoms and exactly how they present, interviewing the client and family members to really try to understand it through their eyes, assessing potential genetic […]

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Happy New Year?

 By Jan Hittelman Ushering in the New Year typically brings an optimistic and celebratory energy where all our resolutions seem potentially achievable. Because of the unfolding economic crisis that will continue to play out, it may be difficult for many of us to embrace a sense of optimism this year. The vast majority of us […]

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Exercise and the Brain

By Jan Hittelman Over the last 40 years, researchers have confirmed the many benefits of physical exercise as it relates to overall health. In the 1970’s we learned that regular exercise has a significant benefit in reducing the risk of heart disease. Subsequent studies expanded this finding to a wider range of physical health issues […]

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Time to Address Stress

By Jan Hittelman Endocrinologist Dr. Hans Selye is credited with coining the term “stress” in his 1956 book entitled “The Stress of Life”, which revolutionized our view of stress and its impact on the human body. Since then, research has shown a link between stress and a wide variety of serious health problems including: hypertension, […]

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Anger’s Impact

 By Jan Hittelman Recent reports of spousal assault, murder and horrific child abuse serve as a stark reminder that unaddressed anger management problems can contribute to serious consequences. Even for those whose anger management problems are less severe, the impact on family, workplace and community relationships can also be devastating. Anger is a very common […]

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Think Again… The Power of Cognitive Therapy

By Jan Hittelman When we experience feelings like anger, depression, and anxiety in response to situations that we encounter, we typically assume that those feelings are the result of those situations. Furthermore, we blame those external events for our resulting mood. What most people don’t realize, however, is that there’s an intervening variable that actually […]

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Camping Therapy

By Jan Hittelman On a recent and rare vacation, as we sat admiring a picturesque lake with snow-capped mountains above, my wife remarked: “I think I forgot how to do nothing.” No phones, no email, no television. It reminded me how easy it is to get caught up in our stressful lives without taking the […]

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Starting with a Good Assessment

By Jan Hittelman Last month’s column on teen depression highlighted the importance of a good initial assessment. Several readers questioned exactly what an assessment is, let alone a good one. You may be surprised to know that even within the mental health field there are a range of definitions regarding a psychological assessment. It is […]

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Emotional Self-Care

 By Jan Hittelman As a result of these challenging economic times, many people are cutting costs by doing things that they previously paid others to do. Whether it’s mowing your lawn, cleaning your car, or cooking more, everyone is trying to strike a new balance. More concerning, however, is trying to do without necessities like […]

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Mental Health Diagnoses Demystified

By Jan Hittelman All licensed mental health professionals are trained in making psychiatric diagnoses. The diagnostic system is standardized, meaning that everyone uses the same criteria. The “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” or “DSM” is the accepted standard and is published and periodically revised by the American Psychiatric Association. Everything from disorders first […]

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The Obama Effect

By Jan Hittelman Whether or not you voted for Barack Obama, we can all agree that his election has had an amazing impact on our culture, our views, and on people worldwide. It’s an amazing time to witness in our history. Seeing the crowds that gathered in Germany for Barack Obama during the campaign gave […]

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Parents’ Relationship & Parenting

 By Jan Hittelman There have been numerous studies that demonstrate the significant impact that parenting can have on marital satisfaction, specifically that having children can have a negative impact on the couple’s relationship moving forward. Given the profound changes that occur as a result of having children, including increased stress, discipline decisions, financial impacts, and […]

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Healthy Family Relationships

By Jan Hittelman In every family, we struggle from time to time with the immense challenges of effectively parenting our children. In addition, we are also challenged in maintaining a healthy relationship with our partner. If there are significant conflicts in the couple’s relationship, their ability to effectively co-parent is significantly compromised. Consequently as parents, […]

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Remembering What’s Important This Holiday Season

Most of us take what we have for granted. Not until we have lost it, do we truly appreciate what we had. Consider this: It is only when we go camping (or encounter plumbing problems) that we start to appreciate something that we take for granted everyday; that soothing warm shower. A shower never feels […]

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Dealing withTransitions

Transitions are periods in our lives where we undergo change, passing from one life experience to another. Throughout our lives, we are continuously experiencing change; physiological changes, changes in our environment, developmental changes in our children, changes in our relationships, emotional changes, etc. We may not always be aware of this constant state of change. […]

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LGBTQ / Same Sex Couples Counseling

Is Your Same Sex Relationship On Edge? Are you feeling unfulfilled or dissatisfied with your relationship? Do you feel that your needs are not being met, leading to feelings of anger, frustration or sadness? Do you wonder if your relationship can work – or if you’re capable of making any relationship work? Have you encountered […]

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