Hair-Pulling, Skin-Picking and Other BFRBs

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC     Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) describe a group of repetitive and compulsive actions directed towards one’s own body. These behaviors can result in physical damage to the body over time. Common examples of BFRBs include hair pulling (trichotillomania), skin picking (dermatillomania/excoriation disorder), and nail biting. Individuals with BFRBs often engage in these behaviors to cope … 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

Setting Boundaries in the Workplace

  by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Setting and maintaining boundaries in the workplace can be challenging, as it may involve asserting yourself and potentially encountering resistance from colleagues.  Some people may believe they have good boundaries when in reality they avoid asserting their own wishes and preferences out of fear as being seen as “unkind”. In truth, boundaries are indicative of respect, self-esteem and create … Read More

Are You Ruminating or Emotionally Processing?

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Brian often finds himself thinking about a time when he was fired from his job as a manager at a reputable software company. He was a good manager and put in a lot of work in order to help the business succeed. However, Brian often butted heads with the other managers and would disregard … Read More

Navigating the Storms of Life

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   The one thing in life we can count on to remain constant is fact that things are always changing. Change is like the undercurrent of an ocean. It’s always there, surrounding us. It affects us whether we like it or not. One minute, the waves of change are imperceptible and we float along feeling peaceful … Read More

Take a Stupid Walk for Your Stupid Mental Health

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   The title of this blog will not make sense to everyone, so let me explain. The phrase “going on a stupid walk for my stupid mental health” went viral a few years ago thanks to this TikTok video made by creator @ninalaevski. The video in question shows a girl bundling up, charging out the door … Read More

What is Maladaptive Daydreaming?

– Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   The human mind is always active. We have approximately seventy thousand unique thoughts every single day. This probably comes as no surprise to the overthinkers out there who may be asking themselves “do I have that many thoughts per day? Does this thought count? Am I going over my ‘normal person thought quota’ by thinking about … Read More

Why Are You So Stressed Out?

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Many people wonder if the amount of stress they are experiencing is “normal”. They look to the person next to them and think “hmm, that guy looks pretty happy…am I happy enough? Should I be more worried about the fact that I’m not as happy as that guy?” Before they know it, they begin to … Read More

Burned Out and Overstimulated: Holiday Edition

Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC The holiday season is filled with expectations. Don’t stress if you feel that the holiday season has been, well, stressful. Everybody has a different capacity of how much environmental information and stimuli they can consume without becoming overstimulated.   Signs of Overstimulation restlessness, difficulty relaxing heightened startle response increased sense of agitation or fear persistent rumination mood … Read More

Is Your Stress Normal?

Many people wonder if the amount of stress they are experiencing is “normal”. They look to the person next to them and think “hmm, that guy looks pretty happy…am I happy enough? Should I be more worried about the fact that I’m not as happy as that guy?” Before they know it, they begin to stress about stress. The truth is, stress … Read More