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What is Trauma Focused Therapy? Trauma therapy is different from “typical” therapy only in that it oftentimes needs to work through many steps before growth can occur.  Therapy that isn’t trauma focused begins with the relationship and progresses as that relationship develops, where trauma therapy needs the relationship, but needs to work sooner on the existing trauma […]

  Naturally, therapy can be scary to consider.  Especially for those of us who struggle with expressing feelings or even understanding them.  Most know they need therapy or someplace where they can go to work through what is causing distress, but that can be scary and hard to navigate.  I try to tell my clients […]

Teenagers are historically difficult, but for many reasons, that isn’t enough to help parents feel better about their behavior. Teenagers are so full of angst, anxiety and are so preoccupied, its very easy to feel hurt by them.  We as parents so want to understand and connect with them and they trigger in us, feelings […]

I have never felt true depression but I work with it on a daily basis. Because I contain the feelings of my patients, I can honestly say that I can feel it through them.  Not everyone experiences it or feels it the same way but there seems to be one continuous theme from which they […]

I have so many clients that come in telling me how stressed and anxious they are feeling.  Oftentimes, they are so consumed by the feelings that they can’t sleep, eat or interact with their friends and family.  Why, is the common plea they ask me and my answer is a simple one, I don’t know. […]

How will you know if it’s time for you to call a therapist or counselor? That’s a question many people grapple with in their lives.  It’s common to have good days and bad days, no doubt, especially during the holiday season, but what can you consider when you’re having a bad day that will help […]


Depression is the most common mental disorder in the United States, and its prevalence seems to increase every decade. Undoubtedly, some of that rise is due to our fast-paced, often isolated lives that can leave us unsatisfied and yearning for deeper connections. However, another factor for the apparent increase in depression is the bombardment of […]


One of the things we all have in common is, no matter what stage of life we’re at, change is always constant. Children have to adjust to new schools and teachers, teenagers and young adults must adapt to college and first loves, adults must learn how to deal with marriage and careers, and older folks […]

  • 6 August 2013
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There are reasons most of us choose to form our lives around a family — it provides companionship, a support system, safety, and much more. Still, at times it’s difficult to feel these benefits when we’re dealing with work and school demands, money issues, trying to meet the needs of multiple people, and the myriad […]

  • 6 August 2013
  • PTSD
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Living with ptsd

These days it seems we hear a great deal about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the media and particularly how it relates to those returning from combat. The phrase “PTSD” has become so commonplace we sometimes don’t think about the severity of the condition or realize anyone (even those outside the military) can suffer from […]