5 Signs You Are a People Pleaser (and How to Break Free)

Do you have difficulty asserting yourself and expressing your thoughts, feelings and opinions to others? Would you say you crave validation and approval from others? People pleasers often seek approval, praise and validation from the people in their life. They base their…

Living with Worry

Ever heard of the term “destination addiction?” It’s not a true chemical or clinical addiction, rather, it’s a common cognitive trap we can all fall into. It’s the belief that once we reach a certain point, we’ll find happiness, or once we…

Work-Life Balance: Setting Boundaries

It can be difficult to create balance between the many roles in our lives. Arguably the most difficult role to balance is the one that exists between our professional and personal life, especially when one’s profession and/or financial status creates the need…

Nurturing Yourself through Self-Compassion

Take a moment to think about a recent failure, mistake, or decision that did not turn out like you had expected.  Next, see if you can replay the internal dialogue that took place as a result in your mind’s eye and write…

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…

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…

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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