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

Anxiety vs. Panic attack: When We Turn Against Ourselves

Understanding the difference between anxiety vs. panic attack can make a big difference in how you approach your mental health or that of someone who is experience one or both of these. The following article covers the differences and why they happen.   The Experience of Anxiety Anxiety while functional, can be rather uncomfortable. In our physical bodies, we may … Read More

The Struggle for Self-Compassion

Is self-compassion good or bad? If asked this question, most people would agree that self-compassion is a positive thing. It’s also likely that the majority of those people have spent their lives cultivating a harsh inner self-critic and readily indulge thoughts such as “I made such a stupid mistake, people must think I’m an idiot” or “I’m not a good parent/friend/partner/employee…why is it … Read More

Do You Have Enough Self-Compassion?

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC As children, one of the first things we learn is how to be kind to others. A strong emphasis is placed on helping, sharing and what it means to be a good friend—unarguably imperative qualities to instill at a young age. However, Western culture places far less importance on showing that same kindness to ourselves—the thought … Read More

Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude to Manage Anxiety Throughout the Year

  The holiday season is just around the corner, bringing along with it the social pressure to feel jolly and relaxed. For many of us, especially those prone to anxiety, this can seem nearly impossible given that the holidays are inextricably woven with excessive commitments, financial stress and dealing with “difficult” relatives. The pursuit of happiness can indeed turn into … Read More