Contact in Relationships: The Gift of Being Present with Ourselves and One Another

Posted By: on March 27, 2019
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How you can be more mindful and aware in every interaction you have in the future? It’s human instinct to crave connection with other people. After all, we’re social beings by nature. So, how do we fulfill our relationship needs in a world where technology drives our interactions with others? How do we connect with people outside of the short conversations we have in public or the text messages and chats we have electronically? This deserves further exploration. Contact in relationships is

Four Ways to Handle Difficult Relationships

Posted By: on February 20, 2019
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How counseling helps you communicate better and what to do if the troubled relationship is with your spouse. If you have difficulty relating to some of the people in your life, you’re not alone. A difference in opinion is sometimes all that it takes to make communicating feel impossible. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t find solutions when it comes to spending time with and even talking to the difficult people in your life. In fact, there are many ways to address trying relation

Dealing With Relationship Anxiety

Posted By: on March 07, 2018
 Being in a relationship can make us feel vulnerable. You are opening yourself up to someone emotionally and that can cause stress, especially if you have been hurt in previous relationships.While some anxiety is a relationship is normal, sometimes it can become overwhelming or even harmful to you or your relationship. If you feel that you are experiencing anxiety that could be damaging in some way, you may want to find practical ways of easing your anxiety and working through the stress th

Learning to Love Your Rough Edges

Posted By: on February 24, 2017
We all have parts of ourselves we don’t necessarily like. It may be easy to love your great sense of humor, compassion or friendliness, but there are other things about yourself that you probably find harder to love. You most likely aren’t proud of your temper or tendency to procrastinate. However, if you want to love yourself fully, you need to learn to love your rough edges, too. Unconditional love doesn’t require you to be perfect, so you don’t have to completely change or lose all yo

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

The Healing Power of Emotion

Posted By: on January 25, 2017
When it comes to feeling better about a bad situation, most people talk about the same few things that helped them overcome it. Whether it was talking to a friend or family member, seeking professional counseling, or some other way, they usually have one thing in common; they all involve expressing your emotions. It’s not good to keep your emotions inside. Many people think that expressing their emotions will make them seem weak, but it’s actually just the opposite. Really feeling and talki

Dealing with Anger in your Relationship

Posted By: on October 05, 2016
Anger is a natural human emotion. Sometimes things at work are frustrating, or someone rear-ends your car. It’s nearly impossible to never get angry. In reality, it’s how you deal with your anger that matters. If you and your partner are frequently angry at one another, there are ways to address it that will help avoid nasty fights and massive arguments.1. Address It ImmediatelyDon’t let anger linger. The more you sit and stew over a problem, the angrier you’ll become. Chances are, you

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

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