Deck The Halls with Unhelpful Comments, Fa la la la la, la la la la

Navigating Food Comments During the Holiday Season for those with Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, or in the Process of Recovery The holiday season is often a time for joy, celebration, and togetherness, but for those who struggle with disordered eating or an…

Spooky Season Unmasked: How Romantic Comedies Haunt Couples Therapy

The leaves begin to change colors, the air gets chillier, and pumpkins take over doorsteps all over – we now know that we have officially entered spooky season. Spooky season brings Halloween movies, haunted houses, and tales of the supernatural dominating storytelling….

Navigating Grief After Pregnancy or Infant Loss: Healing Together

Losing a pregnancy or a baby is a heartbreaking experience that can shatter the lives of new or expecting parents. The ensuing grief is deep and intricate, touching every facet of an individual’s life. This loss can especially impact partners who may…

Not just “management”: treating chronic pain with psychotherapy

If you have experienced chronic pain, or any kind of medically unexplained symptoms, the phrase, “it’s all in your head” might sound infuriatingly familiar. YOU know your pain is real, and we know it too! Chronic pain can take a significant physical…

Effects of Emotionally Abusive Relationships

When you think of abuse in relationships, what comes to mind? For many of us, the first thoughts that show up depict loud, violent, and aggressive words or actions.  Emotional abuse is often a quieter form of abuse that involves tactics such…

Beating Procrastination at its Own Game

I’m willing to bet that everyone has a “procrastination story.” That one time where they put off an important task until the last minute, only for it to come back and bite them in the butt. Maybe your procrastination story involves school…

What is stigma and how does this impact mental health/substance (ab)use treatment?

Great question!  The dictionary defines stigma as “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.” Many of us have been taught from a young age not to talk about our mental health, that this is shameful and embarrassing….

Weathering the Storm Together: When the Winter Blues Impact Relationships

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a specific type of depression that follows a pattern corresponding to the seasons. This form of depression usually emerges during fall and winter when daylight hours are shorter. Those affected might experience symptoms like a low mood,…

Helping Those with Eating Disorders

Intense levels of anxiety often feel like a giant pit in the stomach and a loss of appetite.  Now, imagine gripping your stomach in pain as it roils with nausea and three people enter the room. The first person plops down a…

Eating Disorders: What in the Family Therapy Are You Talking About?

What comes to mind when you think of an eating disorder? My guess is that a lot of the common myths about them appear and work to create a picture for you. Instead of talking about that, let’s take a minute to…

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