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What is Pedophilia OCD?

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by the presence of obsessions and compulsions.  Obsessions are thoughts, ideas or images that are unwelcome, upsetting and recurrent. Compulsions are repetitive mental or behavioral rituals done to alleviate the distress caused by obsessions   Individuals will engage in repetitive mental or behavioral rituals ... Read More...
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What is Creative Hopelessness?

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on mindfulness, acceptance of thoughts and feelings, and commitment to actions aligned with one’s values. The concept is to let go of unrealistic expectations and accept the present moment without judgment, which allows us to see things clearly and make positive changes in ... Read More...
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Practical Tips for Navigating Triggers

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Life can feel like a minefield at times, with triggers lurking around every corner, ready to set off a  chain reaction of negative emotions and reactions. Whether it’s a past trauma, stressful situation, or certain people or places, triggers have the power to disrupt our peace of mind and derail our progress. However, there’s a ... Read More...
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What is Emotional Contamination?

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   “Contamination” is frequently associated with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). So much so that people mistakenly assume that all individuals with OCD struggle with germophobia or compulsive cleaning. While this is most certainly true for some people, but there are also numerous subtypes of OCD that have nothing to do with cleanliness at all. Common subtypes of ... Read More...
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Navigating the “I Should Have Known” Moments

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   We all have situations that we revisit from time to time and see things we could have done differently. We puzzle over the same scenario like a Rubik’s cube, asking questions like: “How could this have happened?” or “what was I thinking when I decided to do/not do this thing?” or “what would things ... Read More...
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