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How Do I Avoid and Repair Burnout?

July 7, 2022

By: Bridgette W. Gottwald, LPC, NCC We all know that familiar feeling of burnout – when we are pushed to our breaking point and are about to snap. Burnout is defined by the World Health Organization as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” The pandemic has not made things easier – we now bring our work stress home, and for some of us, it manifests there due to…

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Can I Find Hope In Times That Feel Hopeless?

July 6, 2022

Jessica Pontis, LCSW I don’t know about everybody else, but recently I found it very difficult to remain hopeful. It feels like every day switching on the news, checking social media, there’s something that’s going on, some loss, some mass collective trauma. We try our best to cope after incidents that leave us rocked. We do what we know how to do in order to try and make ourselves feel safe and secure. Well, sometimes it’s hard…

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What Are 5 Things to Know Before Starting Therapy?

June 25, 2022

Zoe Mittman Licensed Social Worker If you are considering therapy for the first time, here are some helpful hints: Finding a Therapist That Is the Right Fit May Take Time. The therapeutic alliance is at the foundation of a successful therapeutic journey. There is nothing wrong with taking your time to find a therapist that you feel is best for you. I totally understand; this can be discouraging, but believe me, it is worth it. With strong…

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What is Codependency? Part II

June 3, 2022

Meg Mulroy, LPC In part one of this short blog series, I defined and explained ways in which people form codependent relationships through caretaking, controlling, and self-abandonment. In part two, I’ll discuss characteristics indicative of codependent relationships. If you resonate with these problems, it does not mean you are bad, inferior, or broken. Most of these behaviors and characteristics were taught to us as children and/or were protective factors that were employed to keep us safe from…

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How to Cope With Dating App Burnout

June 2, 2022

Hannah Hopper, LCPC, EMDR Trained If you’ve ever felt drained, like you’ve been pushed past your breaking point, or are done with everything, you’re probably experiencing burnout. Burnout has become increasingly common over the past few years, and it can impact all areas of our lives. And now it’s becoming a regular experience with dating apps too. If you feel like chatting and setting up dates from an app has become work, or feels like a part-time…

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Desire in Relationships: How Can I Keep the Romance Alive?

June 1, 2022

Jessica Pontis, LCSW What are some of the things that we typically think about when we consider a healthy relationship?  Some of the things that may come to mind is an open line of communication. Maybe it’s problem-solving together in a way that feels constructive, or supporting one another through really difficult times. And maybe part of it is having a healthy sex life. For those who want to prioritize having a healthy sex life in their…

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How Can I Get Better at Self-Regulation?

May 31, 2022

Jessica Pontis, LCSW I’ve worked with a lot of people who have felt that their emotions were out of control, felt like their anxiety would take over, or were unable to snap themselves out of a funk. Emotions can be tricky because they are both so abstract and so concrete at the same time. We know that they’re there, but we sometimes struggle to connect with them and give them what they need to feel soothed. The…

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How Can I Cope With All of Life’s Transitions?

May 30, 2022

By: Danielle Bertini, LCPC Changes can be hard. And even if you’re happy with the status quo, life doesn’t always comply with your wishes, leaving you to face a major transition. Dealing with these changes can be tough, but Whitebourne (2017) outlines 10 useful coping tips based on research involving life-span studies of stressful events.  Recognize That Transitions Hold a Special Place in Your Life Memories. Regardless of what the transition might be, it’s usually something that…

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Am I Too Hypervigilant?

May 29, 2022

By: Danielle Bertini, LCPC Let’s consider this: Samantha admits that she is always on alert. Her head floods with worst-case scenarios if she wakes up at 3 am. She is always looking ahead to what might happen, what might go wrong — whether it is potential traffic, a talk she needs to have with someone at work, or what the cashier might say if she tries to return a shirt she bought last week. Samantha is what…

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Are There Benefits to Conflicts in Relationships?

May 26, 2022

Amanda Ann Gregory, LCPC, EMDR Certified  Couples and family therapists have told me that the couples and families that they worry about the most are the ones that engage in little to no conflict. This may sound surprising, but it’s not if you consider the fact that conflict is a necessary and healthy part of all relationships. All relationships need conflict in order to healthily grow and remain strong. Here are a few of the benefits of…

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