Optimal Mental Health and Well-Being

How to stop procrastinating

How to Stop Procrastinating

If you’ve ever found yourself putting off doing something you need or want to do to another time, only to put it off again and feeling more anxiety about the need to get it done, you are experiencing procrastination. While we all do this from time to time, it can be an anxiety-inducing way of…
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Am I an Adult Child of an Alcoholic?

Have you ever felt you weren’t good enough no matter what you do?  Have you ever found yourself twisting yourself into a pretzel trying to please others so that you can get their approval?  Do you ever feel terrified at the thought of being abandoned and finding yourself holding on to relationships that don’t work…
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Video Release: Am I an Alcoholic?

For most drinkers, alcohol is a social beverage that is enjoyable to use, but for others, alcohol use can become problematic.  One of the most confusing aspects of problem drinking is determining when someone crosses the line into alcoholism.  Contrary to popular opinion, being an alcoholic isn’t a matter of how much, how often you…
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Video Release: How to Choose the Right Therapist for You

Choosing the right therapist for you can be a daunting task if you are new to therapy and don’t know what to expect or if you are looking for a new therapist and want to pick someone who is a better fit for you.  With over 30 years of clinical experience as a social worker,…
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Video Release: What is the Best Therapy for Depression?

Depression affects almost 1 in 10 Americans.  Among the more common symptoms of depression are a persistent sad, or “empty” mood, feelings of hopelessness or pessimism, loss of interest in hobbies or activities, and decreased energy.  Given how painful depression can be, how do you determine which type of therapy is best? Given the large…
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Why Am I So Depressed?

While occasional feelings of depression are a normal part of life as people can feel sad or hopeless at times, especially during times of high stress or loss, depressive disorders involve more than just temporary feelings of sadness or hopelessness that do not go away but can get worse over time and interfere with daily…
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Want to be Happy?

When I work with new clients I typically ask them about their goals for therapy. One of the most common replies I get is “I want to be happy”. Sounds reasonable, right? But when I ask them to define what happiness is, they have difficulty describing what it means to them. How many times have…
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Why Am I So Anxious?

If you’ve ever felt there is something wrong with you because you are so anxious, check out the newly released video Why Am I So Anxious? to learn more about anxiety in general and common anxiety disorders and treatment options. According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common…
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Dry or Wet January: Is Giving Up Alcohol Worth It?

A common New Year’s resolution is to cut back on drinking. Perhaps out of a desire to be healthier in general or due to drinking to excess over the holiday season and suffering the effects of head-pounding hangovers, people can be motivated to address their relationship with alcohol. Started in 2012 as a public health…
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Life begins at end of comfort zone

The Trap of the Status Quo

Have you ever wanted to make a change in your life such as going back to school, starting on a new career path, or making a positive lifestyle change such as quitting smoking, but found yourself virtually paralyzed once it became time to take a concrete step in that direction? Or maybe you did take…
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