Radical Acceptance, Explained

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Imagine this: you’re faced with a situation that’s not at all what you had hoped for. It might be a personal setback, a relationship challenge, or even something as pervasive as a global crisis. Whatever it is, it’s not what you wanted or expected. What do you do? This is where “Radical Acceptance” may come … Read More

What is Creative Hopelessness?

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on mindfulness, acceptance of thoughts and feelings, and commitment to actions aligned with one’s values. The concept is to let go of unrealistic expectations and accept the present moment without judgment, which allows us to see things clearly and make positive changes in … Read More

What is Pure OCD?

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Pure Obsessional OCD (often called “Pure OCD” or “Pure O”) is among the many subtypes of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Before looking more closely at this particular subtype, let’s do a quick review of OCD. OCD is characterized by the presence of disturbing thoughts or images (obsessions) that are intrusive and unwanted. As a result, people with OCD … Read More

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction: Why Reassurance-Seeking is Making Your Anxiety Worse

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC     Reassurance seeking is a behavior or mental act aimed at clarifying or verifying something that is typically already known. It often emerges through an individual’s inability to tolerate uncertainty. Most people can obtain information and feel relatively satisfied with being “sure enough” of a specific quandary.  However, this “sure enough” part of the brain … 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

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

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