What Your Early Memories Can Tell You about Yourself

Posted By: on February 08, 2017
Think back to your earliest memory. How old are you? Research has shown that most people’s earliest memories date back to when they were about 3½ years old, although many adults only remember things from when they were about 6. Since we retain so few of those early memories from between the ages of three and six, the experiences we do recall probably have a profound impact on who we are as adults. The things we remember can vary widely from person to person. They can be play activities, injur

Mindfulness: A Buddhist Idea Takes Root in Everyday Mental Health

Posted By: on January 04, 2017
Over the last few years, the concept of mindfulness has taken hold in the west. While many eastern cultures have been practicing mindfulness and meditation for centuries, western countries are just now catching on. The practice of mindfulness began around 1500 BCE as a part of the yogic practice of Hindus. Around 500 BCE, Buddhists adopted their own take on mindfulness by practicing breathing and deep focus. Certain meditative practices spread to Judeo-Christian leaders throughout the Middle Age

The Importance of Feeling Understood

Posted By: on December 22, 2016
 Feeling understood is one of the most fundamental human needs. When we don’t feel that our friends and family understand us, we feel isolated and disconnected. Here are some of the benefits of feeling understood, and how to get there if you aren’t.The Benefits:Lowers Risk of DepressionPeople who feel isolated and disconnected from others may be suffering from or at risk for depression. Feeling understood helps keep us from that isolation and disconnection. Knowing that others care about wh

Overcoming Fear of Vulnerability

Posted By: on December 14, 2016
 Being vulnerable is one of the hardest things for most people to do. Vulnerability requires that we let our defenses down and show people our true selves. It’s letting the things we’d rather keep hidden—things like our fears, faults, and shame—be known by another person. It’s nerve wracking, and most of us would rather avoid it. It’s an emotional risk that could leave you heartbroken. But vulnerability is crucial to living your best life. It helps us connect and empathize with othe

Impacts of Being Raised by Emotionally Neglectful Parents

Posted By: on December 07, 2016
In an ideal world, all of us would have been raised in a two-parent home by parents who were loving, attentive and emotionally available. They would have talked to us about our feelings, asked about our days, and shared their own emotions openly and honestly with us. Unfortunately, many people are raised by parents who don’t talk about feelings. It’s called Childhood Emotional Neglect when a parent doesn’t respond to a child’s emotional needs. Here are some of the impacts of growing up w

The Power of Acceptance in the Healing Process

Posted By: on October 19, 2016
When we experience a devastating loss or situation, such as the death of a loved one, we experience grief. Typically, there are five stages associated with grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. While you may not experience each stage, you hopefully get to the acceptance stage so you can heal and move forward. Here’s why acceptance is such a powerful and importance part of the healing process.Acceptance doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be happy about a situation al

The Benefits of Longer Term Therapy

Posted By: on August 31, 2016
 Many people will seek professional counseling or go to therapy at some point in their lives. It’s beneficial for many areas of life, or before and after big life changes. People talk with professionals about marriage, divorce, a new baby, losing a friend or family or being unemployed. Talking with an unbiased professional who can offer practical advice and coping mechanisms is extremely beneficial during a difficult time. However, most people who get professional help only do so for a short

What to Do When You Have a Panic Attack

Posted By: on August 18, 2016
 For someone who has never experienced it, a panic attack is downright terrifying. Many people think they’re having a heart attack or dying. Even for those who have experienced them before, the symptoms of a panic attack can make you even more anxious. Your heart races and pounds in your chest. You feel warm and sweaty, no matter how cold it is. You may feel lightheaded, nauseous and short of breath. Your body is responding as if you are terribly afraid, even if there’s nothing to be scared

Dealing with ADHD

Posted By: on August 04, 2016
ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a psychiatric neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by trouble focusing or paying attention, difficulty controlling impulsive behaviors and excessive activity.ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood. It sometimes carries into adulthood, but many symptoms may disappear or lessen over time. While all children are overly hyperactive and have trouble focusing from time to time, those with ADHD exhibit these behaviors consistently over a long p

What Therapists Know That You Should Too

Posted By: on June 23, 2016
Have you ever consulted a therapist who did not seem to be particularly interested in your concerns ? There is actually a reason for why that is the case! If you really needed advice, you would naturally be consulting a different person. Your instinct to consult a therapist stems from the fact that you were searching for empathy, support, and active listening. Instead of trying to solve your problem with advice, therapists are trying to listen to your qualms and guide you to a decision. Here are