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Depression Feeds on Withdrawal – 5 Ways to Overcome Social Isolation

People who have depression often feel withdrawn and isolated from others. This not only negatively impacts relationships, this isolation can also make the depression worse. Does this sound like you? There are things that you can do to counter the impact of depression...

Complex PTSD: What it is and How it Relates to Childhood Trauma

We are always learning more about the long-term impact of childhood trauma. For example, we now know the pain can manifest in certain adult mindsets and habits like: Low self-worth. Our negative self-talk grows from negative perceptions of ourselves. If victimized as...

4 Predictors of Divorce: What Not to Do

In our culture, we’re aware of the divorce rate. We make plenty of jokes about divorce. But rarely do we really talk about divorce. There’s no shortage of relationship advice making the rounds. A lot of it is super helpful and we can learn plenty about what we should...

What Avoidance Has to Do with Anxiety

The equation seems obvious. Anxiety can be agonizing. Even at it’s best, it is no fun at all. Therefore, avoiding anxiety makes a whole lot of sense. Right? Well…as you know, things aren’t always that simple. Let’s start by introducing the concept of negative...

8 Clear Ways Your Attachment Style Impacts Your Relationships

According to attachment theory, established by 1960’s relationship experts John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth, children and their primary caregivers develop relationships that inform children’s adult relationships later in life. Essentially, adults have four general...

Recognizing the Symptoms of General Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety, as an emotion, is not always a “condition.” It’s a normal part of our emotional life. However, when you experience extreme anxiety, it could be a condition. One that makes life taxing and generally worrisome. If you feel an exaggerated response to everyday...

10 Ways to Get Through the Grief of a Broken Relationship

It’s over. The relationship you thought was solid has crumbled. You feel confused, hurt, lost.   You are telling yourself you failed and wonder if you will ever find someone else.  Your attempts to “get over it” are not working, nor is trying to power through the...

What is Focusing Oriented Therapy?

What is Focusing-Oriented Therapy? Most traditional methods of working on oneself are mostly pain centered. People get to repeat over and over their painful emotions without knowing how to use the body’s own inherently positive direction and force. Every bad...

5 Reasons Why Couples Therapy Should Not be Your Last Hope

So, how does couples therapy sound? Honestly. When you imagine the process of seeking out a stranger to tell your troubles to, are you looking forward to it?  Or do you believe the sign on your therapist’s door may as well read: “Welcome to your last resort.” After...