Your Energy is Precious – Stop Wasting It

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   There is a finite amount of time in each day. Most of us are hyperaware of this fact, continually fretting about how we will manage to accomplish everything we need to get done. But perhaps the bigger issue is how we are utilizing our time. After all, our level of energy is not finite. … Read More

Do’s and Don’ts of Helping Someone With Anxiety

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. However, people with anxiety disorders experience excessive and persistent worry about any number of things. Often times, it interferes with their ability to function at work, school and socially. In order to best help someone with an anxiety disorder, is important to understand their experience. Use the steps below as … Read More

Attachment Styles & Adult Relationships

  by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   You may have heard the phrase “attachment style” and wondered if it was relevant to you or whether it was just another psychology buzzword being thrown into the vernacular. The concept of attachment styles has actually been around since the mid 20th-century when psychologist John Bowlby developed a psychological framework known as “attachment theory”. Within … Read More

What is Autumn Anxiety

  by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is characterized by feelings of depression that start and end at the same time every year, in accordance with a change in seasons. Typically, it is associated with lack of sunlight during the winter months. However, the disorder can affect individuals during any of the four seasons. For instance, depression that is experienced … Read More

Setting Boundaries in the Workplace

  by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Setting and maintaining boundaries in the workplace can be challenging, as it may involve asserting yourself and potentially encountering resistance from colleagues.  Some people may believe they have good boundaries when in reality they avoid asserting their own wishes and preferences out of fear as being seen as “unkind”. In truth, boundaries are indicative of respect, self-esteem and create … Read More

Food for Thought

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC     The Mind-Body Connection It’s no secret that food has a significant impact on the mind and body. Eating healthy, nutritious foods generally leads to increased energy, mental clarity and self-esteem. We also know what foods have the opposite effect—typically those that include high amount of sugar, grease and fat. While this basic approach … Read More

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC What is Bipolar Disorder?   Bipolar disorder (BP) is a mental health condition characterized by extreme shifts in mood, energy levels and activity levels. These two extreme states of being are known as mania/hypomania and depression. There are two subtypes of bipolar disorder: bipolar I (BPI) and bipolar II (BPII). The distinction between these two subtypes … Read More

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction: Why Reassurance-Seeking is Making Your Anxiety Worse

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC     Reassurance seeking is a behavior or mental act aimed at clarifying or verifying something that is typically already known. It often emerges through an individual’s inability to tolerate uncertainty. Most people can obtain information and feel relatively satisfied with being “sure enough” of a specific quandary.  However, this “sure enough” part of the brain … Read More

Mindfulness, Acceptance & Letting Go

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC     Sometimes, life can feel unfair—not just mildly inconvenient but, like, really unfair. We’ve all been there. Maybe your offer for an apartment didn’t get accepted. Or you got rejected from the job you really wanted. Or months of diet and exercise are “undone” by an unexpected injury or week of stress-eating. If several of these events happen close … Read More

What is Contamination OCD?

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Contamination OCD is among the many subtypes of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Before looking more closely at this particular subtype, let’s do a quick review of OCD. OCD is characterized by the presence of disturbing thoughts or images (obsessions) that are intrusive and unwanted. As a result, people with OCD feel driven to engage in repetitive … Read More