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Suppressing Emotions – What you want to know about bottling emotions + a healthier alternative

by Martin Prete, LCPC Suppressing Emotions or Storing Tough Emotions and a Healthier Alternative It’s no secret that feeling negative emotions can be intense, uncomfortable, and draining. As humans, emotions are naturally a part of us, whether we like them to be or not. This may be difficult to accept sometimes, especially if we endure long bouts of the not ... Read More ...
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Do you have healthy self-esteem?

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Many people struggle with what they perceive as “low self-confidence”. However, this term is often used interchangeably with low self-esteem. Since both are important, let’s look at how the two differ.   What is self-esteem? Self-esteem relates to how one feels about themselves; it is measure of self-regard that cannot be seen by others. People with ... Read More ...
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Negative Thinking Traps… Part 2

In our previous post, we gave a brief outline on the concept of negative thinking traps and how they have a nasty habit of taking us away from the present moment, exacerbating our negative emotions and distorting reality. These thoughts tend to just pop into our heads but are prone to stay within our thinking process if we buy into ... Read More ...
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What is “Reverse SAD”?

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Seasonal Affective Disorder 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. SAD is generally used to refer to depression that occurs during the cold, dark winter months. This is because the reduced exposure to sunlight and warmth ... Read More ...
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Is Failure (or Being Wrong) Really the Worst Thing? Overcoming Self-Doubt

Written by Megan Pajak, LPC   I remember being in High School, 10th grade, math remediation class and my teacher was discussing an upcoming test. Visibly, most of us students were stressed about our performance. “All you can be is wrong”, said my teacher who was trying to reassure us. That statement only increased stress about our ability. Fast forward ... Read More ...
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