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Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)

By Megan Pajak, LPC You know when a song just will not get out of your head until you listen to it for what feels like a gazillion times? It is intrusive and unwanted! Research has shown that when individuals try to suppress something such as an intrusive thought, or in this case a song, it comes back with more intensity next time and repeat. Now can ... Read More ...
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Midlife Eating Disorders

Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Eating disorders are stereotypically associated with teenage girls or young women. To be fair, this presumption is based in some truth. Prevalence of eating disorders are twice as high among women as men, with the average age of onset being between 18 and 21 (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2010). While ... Read More ...
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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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