The Holiday Season: Expectation vs. Reality

by 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 things aren’t going right for you this season. … Read More

The Link Between Body Dysmorphic Disorder & OCD

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is an anxiety disorder that causes a person to experience excessive worries and anxiety about one or several aspects of their physical appearance. BDD affects approximately one in every 50 people. While a person of any age or gender can have BDD, it is most common in teenage and young adult women. … 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 serving … 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

Sexual Orientation OCD (SO-OCD)

Sexual Orientation OCD (SO-OCD) Sexual Orientation Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (SO-OCD) is a sub-type of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). When OCD is mentioned, most people think of excessive hand-washing due to fear of germs and counting prior to completing an action to prevent a dreadful situation (usually irrational). However, OCD does not discriminate; it latches onto anything the individual values. Women are slightly … 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

Practicing Acceptance

How often is it actually helpful for someone to advise you to accept a certain set of circumstances when you are still attempting to grasp what is happening? It can be very off putting, frustrating as well as invalidating. You have to let it go! Just accept and move on! Throughout my years as a therapist, when even broaching the topic of … Read More

The Biological Stance of Trauma

  Have you ever wondered, ‘what would I do if I were to ever be in a terrifying situation? Would I fight the threat, flee, or shut down?’ If you’ve ever gathered around your friends to theorize about this, or even watched the show “What Would YOU Do?”, it’s easy to say, “Well I would do XYZ and definitely not … Read More

A Summer of Success: A Guide to Behavioral Activation

It has been around two and half years since COVID-19 has dominated our lives within society, and while at the moment we are not locked away in our homes out of necessity, integrating back into the community can feel tricky and stressful. Along with the past two years, many of us have experienced challenges specifically with our mental health. It … Read More

Autism & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?: ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by persistent issues in social interactions/communications [verbally or non verbally] across multiple scenarios, including difficulty in ability to share emotions, understanding relationships, restricted interests and repetitive behaviors, and hyper-reactivity or hypo-reactivity to external sensory stimuli. Symptoms are typically present during the first few years of life. What is … Read More