Perfectly Imperfect

Take a look in the mirror. What do you see? Even if you are happy with your physical appearance, you might find a few things that you don’t like. Whether it’s a childhood chickenpox scar that never faded, the shape of a front tooth or hair texture, we all have insecurities about the way we look. How can you accept your imperfections? What should you do if something more serious is going...

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Are You Dreading the Beach This Summer?

Countless Americans spend all summer dreaming of the beach and dreading it once they arrive for one reason—bathing suits. Something about the heat of the summer sun and the short length of hemlines stirs a lot of us into frenzy. Thankfully, there is only one step to having a bikini body—putting on a bikini. Why does society value appearance so much and how can you feel confident in your own...

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Raising a Resilient Child

Emotional health and well-being are vitally important for raising a resilient child from a young age, as we discussed in the last article about childhood trauma. The good news is that there’s a way to help your child develop resiliency later in life – by raising an emotionally stable child. And we know what you’re thinking. How are you supposed to take this crazy, emotional, wild...

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Tell Me More about Your Mother

There are dozens of therapy jokes out there. From the, “…and how does that make you feel?” sentiment to the vague answers that therapists sometimes give, we’ve heard most of them. However, one that we’re sure everyone has heard is something along the lines of, “Hmm, yeah, sounds like this goes back to a bad relationship with your mother in your childhood.” To which the client...

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Exercising beyond the Number on the Scale

If you’re anything like the average American, you spend about eight hours at a desk every day (at least), typing away and staring at a screen. Some days you probably feel like a sluggish, mindless automaton. When you’re not working, you’re likely doing just about anything to take your mind off the fact that you’ve been working for the man all week (we see you, Netflix bingers). In our...

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Why Getting a Good Night’s Sleep is so Underrated

Picture this: you wake up at 6 AM after getting to sleep at around 2. You spend the whole night preparing a make-or-break presentation for work before passing out and dreading your alarm in four hours. You groggily walk into the kitchen to make yourself a cup of coffee and begin your morning routine, but you soon realize that you can’t do much without your glasses. That’s when you discover...

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Creating Motivation for Therapy

People tend to resist therapy, like most activities that involve change. The idea of picking up and moving, seeking a new job or even changing the route you travel on your way into work can be enough to stress you out. When fear, worry and anxiety is standing in the way of a person seeking therapeutic help or hindering a patient’s current progress, it is important to create a consistent...

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Ways to Choose a Therapist

Choosing your therapist is important. This is someone with whom you’re going to be sharing some of the most intimate details of your life. It’s crucial that you can trust this person and are comfortable discussing the tough things. Going to the first therapist you see on your insurance list or someone that a friend of a friend suggests isn’t always the best idea. Before you select a...

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Decision Making with OCD: Pizza or Mexican Food?

Decision making can be tough for anyone, especially with the amount of options we have these days. You’ve probably either heard the following conversation (or had it yourself) at some point: Husband: What do you want for dinner? Wife: I don’t care – you choose Husband: Okay, how about Mexican food? Wife: Oh, anything but Mexican food. I’m just not in the mood for it. Husband:...

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Subsets of OCD (Scrupulosity, Relationship, Safety)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a debilitating neuropsychiatric condition that can result in significant distress and daily disruptions for those affected. When people think of OCD, certain habits often come to mind first: compulsive hand washing, checking, counting, cleaning and checking again. If you can think of OCD in terms of froyo flavors, these behaviors would be considered garden...

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