Practicing Acceptance

How often is it actually helpful for someone to advise you to accept a certain set of circumstances when you are still attempting to grasp what is happening? It can be very off putting, frustrating as well as invalidating. You have to let it go! Just accept and move on! Throughout my years as a therapist, when even broaching the topic of … Read More

A Summer of Success: A Guide to Behavioral Activation

It has been around two and half years since COVID-19 has dominated our lives within society, and while at the moment we are not locked away in our homes out of necessity, integrating back into the community can feel tricky and stressful. Along with the past two years, many of us have experienced challenges specifically with our mental health. It … Read More

Negative Thinking Traps… Part 3

Finishing up our in-depth review of negative thinking traps, there are another five common traps that can hijack us into negative feedback loops if we are not prepared. Taking us to places that are unproductive and skewing the truth when in reality, the situation may be easily resolvable. Rounding up the last of the prominent negative thinking traps we can … Read More

Thought Fusion: How to Adapt

Our brains quite simply put are impressive. Billons of neurons firing, keeping our bodies functioning automatically while our minds are freed up to do any additional heavy lifting. Such as planning, predicting, categorizing, basically preparing for a plethora of situations that may or may not arise. The power of the brain is an effective tool, but not totally infallible. We’re … Read More

Engaging with our Partner’s Emotions

When involved in a committed relationship, naturally there are expectations. Unspoken rules to not violate each other’s trust. To be that foundation of support through thick and thin. When our partners are sad, we want to make them happy. When they are down, it feels dutiful to lift them up. But what happens in the moments when issues cannot be … Read More

Walking Through the Stages of Change

Change has been on my mind, lately. From supporting my clients exercise their strategies for it, to the societal change that happens on a daily basis. How much the world seems to get a little bit farther from the times spent in our youth. With change comes adaptation. Are you old enough to remember life before the internet boom? When … Read More

The Blame Game: Pointing the Finger Inwards

Seeking Change How many of us want change for ourselves? Could it be simply to live a healthier lifestyle characterized by more consistent exercise and improved nutrition? Or perhaps better reading habits or study habits? What happens when we fail to heed the call of our inner desires? Well, for one, our frustration may increase. Confusion may coincide and suddenly … Read More

Sustaining Judgment with our Thoughts

By Martín Prete, LCPC Being in our heads 24/7 can be difficult. Thoughts can be relentless. Passing through our stream of consciousness in a variety of manners. Sometimes it feels like speeding bullets while other times, we can barely think at all. Sometimes too, our thoughts can be nasty and cruel, even if deep down inside we don’t believe it. … Read More

Positive Affirmations and OCD

  As a clinician 8 years removed from graduate school, I have encouraged, and more than likely, annoyed a lot of people with the concept of affirmations. Positive affirmations to be precise. Because, honestly, what’s not to love about encouraging ourselves, reminding ourselves that we are capable, resilient, and worthy of love! Well, if those already are difficult words to … Read More