Positive Affirmations and OCD

  As a clinician 8 years removed from graduate school, I have encouraged, and more than likely, annoyed a lot of people with the concept of affirmations. Positive affirmations to be precise. Because, honestly, what’s not to love about encouraging ourselves, reminding ourselves that we are capable, resilient, and worthy of love! Well, if those already are difficult words to … Read More

Burned Out and Overstimulated: Holiday Edition

Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC The holiday season is filled with expectations. Fueled by idyllic scenes depicted in movies and social media postings, our imaginations can run wild with ideas of how things should be.  Annoyingly, how things should be is rarely how things actually are. Don’t stress if you feel that the holiday season has been, well, stressful. Everybody has a … Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

Negative Thinking Traps…

…and how they distort our reality An Overview Whether or not we want to, we are always thinking. Always, isolated within our own minds where thought after thought endlessly stream to the point where research has suggested a range of daily thoughts from 6,000 to upwards of 70,000! That is a lot of time spent with ourselves. It makes sense … Read More