What is Radical Acceptance?

Radical Acceptance: What It Is and How It Can Help You For many of us, when we believe that something is unfair we tend to become angry, resentful, and blame others or ourselves. This can cloud our judgment, and perhaps lead to…

Thriving with Social Anxiety Series: 5 Ways to Succeed in Dating

For those who suffer from social anxiety, dating can seem like a daunting task! What’s meant to be an enjoyable experience oftentimes turns into a torturous endeavor! The inherit issue with dating is that, at it’s core, it is a social experience….

2 Things Our Dogs Can Teach Us About Happiness

Dogs can bring us hours and hours of happiness, whether by playing fetch, teaching them tricks, or just cuddling on the couch with them. The love and devotion dogs offer can often help us through even the most difficult of times. Not…

Just Breathe, Stupid

Inhale while silently counting to 4.Hold your breath while silently counting to 7Exhale while silently counting to 8.Repeat. What if the simple act of breathing is the proverbial “chill pill” we’re all searching for? Well, there is actually some pretty good research…

What does my therapist mean to “sit with it?”

We therapists have the tendency to use a bunch of psychobabble and it may not always be clear what we’re talking about when we use certain terms. Describing emotional and psychological experiences is often abstract and can be difficult to put into…

Reducing Judgment

Judgment is a significant aspect of overall mental wellness that is often overlooked.  The judgment that we place upon our experiences in our everyday lives can color how we feel about those experiences as well as how we react to any given…

Understanding Mindfulness

Throughout my time as a therapist, I have worked with many people who have dabbled in the realm of mindfulness. A common thing I’ve heard is “it doesn’t work. I still felt anxious,” or “I couldn’t clear my mind.” I’ll admit to…

Anxiety Cheet Sheet

Understanding anxiety symptoms is one of the first, and most important aspects of managing these uncomfortable feelings. Your therapist may describe this first step as “psychoeducation.” The reason this is so critical, is because it helps demystify anxiety. I often hear anxiety…

Riding the Wave of Anxiety

Anxiety is a lot like a tidal wave. It can build, gaining momentum, growing bigger and bigger until it eventually comes to a peak. The peak of the wave is a point when you are at your highest intensity of emotion and…

Mindfulness: How to manage unpleasant emotions and be more present

Mind Chatter and Mindlessness Have you ever been driving and not be able to remember part of the drive or completely spaced out on how you arrived at your destination because you were so lost in your own thoughts? Our mind can…

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