The Four Agreements of Mental Health

  by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   In our stressful world, improving mental health is crucial. Don Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements” offers a simple, powerful guide for a more peaceful and healthy life. Here’s how each agreement can help your well-being.   1. Be Impeccable with Your Word The first agreement, “Be Impeccable with Your Word,” encourages individuals to use words … Read More

What is a Highly Sensitive Person?

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   You’ve probably heard the of “introverts” and “empaths” before. Introvert describes a person who becomes drained quickly in social situations and needs plenty of time alone to recharge their energy. Empaths are individuals who have a naturally heightened awareness of the emotions of those around them and often absorb and internalize those emotions. There … Read More

5 Ways to Heal Your Inner Child

      by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC     As adults, we often overlook a significant aspect of ourselves—the inner child. That younger version of who we once were holds the key to unlocking creativity, healing past wounds, and discovering a deep sense of joy and authenticity within us. What does the “inner child” mean? The inner child is a psychological … 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

How to Get Unstuck in Life

– Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Have you ever felt that you are “stuck” or falling behind in life? This feeling might convince you that maybe if you just tried harder, you could propel yourself into a life experience that will bring success and happiness. This feeling might prompt you to search Pinterest for motivation quotes, purchase self-help books and bullet journals, … Read More

What is a Midlife Eating Disorder?

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   National Eating Disorder Awareness week (NEDAW) is observed each year during the last week in February. During my time in high school, this “awareness” typically looked like some well-intentioned student organization plastering triggering images of “textbook anorexic” models in the girls’ bathroom. Although perspectives on eating-disorders have become more progressive, there is still … Read More

How to Let Go

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Regret is an inescapable part of life. We are human. We make mistakes. Yet the feeling of regret seems almost intolerable at times. We may find ourselves hanging on to past actions or inactions, believing that whatever personal losses they resulted in could have been avoided. Rumination over these losses can feel like it is … Read More

Coping with Change

Preparing and Managing Transitions Have you noticed the shift? A subtle change that marks the departure of summer? Is it the breeze being slightly cooler or is the absence of children playing outside as they resumed their scholastic obligations? For better or worse, school is back in session. For students, this can be a big change compared to laxer curfews … Read More

Self-Compassion: Support from Within

Down and Out When we find ourselves in low mood states, when we’re stressed, tired, and hopeless, it can be extra brutal to encounter thoughts kicking us when we are down. Blaming us. Angry and hurt potentially that we are in this position to begin with. In certain situations, a compassionate friend might just be what is needed to support … 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