Addiction Treatment and the Recovery Process

Posted By: on September 07, 2016
By Matt GonzalesDrug addiction can become a chronic disease that affects your physical and mental health, job status and relationships. Once you're hooked on a drug, your whole life can revolve around it.Substance use disorders are common in the United States. Heroin use in particular has skyrocketed in recent years. From 2002 to 2013, heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and 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

Managing Your Anxiety

Posted By: on August 25, 2016
 When anxiety strikes, it’s easy to let it quickly get out of control. While therapy is an important part of getting help for your anxiety, here are a things you can do to manage your anxiety levels at home.Remember to BreatheIt seems silly to remind yourself to breathe, but when anxiety starts rising, your breath is often the first thing to go. When you’re anxious, your heart rate rises and your breathing becomes shallow, worsening the problem. By taking deep, slow breaths, you slow your h

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

What to Say to Someone Who’s Depressed and How Counseling Can Help Depression

Posted By: on August 11, 2016
 Depression is one of the most misunderstood and mistreated conditions that someone might have. It is important to realize that depression is very different from a bad mood. A bad mood will go away over time. People in bad moods can just “feel better.” This is not the same for people with depression. They need professional treatment in order to help them regain a sense of happiness and pleasure again. While we may not all be professionals, we can still help out our depressed friends and fam

On Suicide Prevention

Posted By: on July 08, 2016
 *This is a special post written by Heart Centered Counseling's own Lisa Michaels April 8th would have been my little brother's 37th birthday. Tragically Demetri committed suicide 7 years ago just before his 30th birthday.  There's not a day that goes by that I don't miss my little brother dearly and wish he were still here. I'd like to send a message to people who are suffering in silence with suicidal thoughts: It would be easy for me to say "if you are thinking of ending your life please

Parenting an Anxious Child

Posted By: on June 16, 2016
 Trying to manage and raise an anxious child is very difficult and stressful for all parents. Every good parent wants their child to enjoy their life and escape anxiety. However, many parents will fall into a cycle of trying to protect their child but escalating the anxiety at the same time. The key to helping your child manage anxiety is to respect their feelings and fears. Here are some tips on what to do if your child has anxiety.Don’t avoid activities that make your child anxious.The firs

Counseling and Anxiety Relief

Posted By: on May 13, 2016
Many people will worry about something everyday. Being worried is a natural reaction that reminds us of something we need to do or a problem we need to solve. However, worrying and anxiety can become a problem when the mind becomes pre-occupied with “what-if” questions. It can disrupt work functions and social interactions. Emotional energy is spent on worrying rather than on more important functions. It is very important to live at a healthy level of worry!Don’t try to stop worrying. Tryi