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Can’t Fall Asleep? Avoid These Behaviors

March 24, 2021

Amanda Gregory, LCPC You have to get good sleep. If not, you’re risking your physical and emotional health. But, what if you simply cannot fall asleep in the first place. Perhaps you’ve tried new methods to improve your sleep. Yet, you may need to focus on cutting out certain aspects that could be hindering her ability to fall asleep. If you’re having trouble falling asleep consider avoiding these behaviors: Raising Your Body Temperature. Your body temperature naturally…

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What’s Your Attachment Style?

May 12, 2020

Amanda Ann Gregory, LCPC, EMDR Certified  If you want to improve your relationships, it might be helpful to identify your style of attachment. Your attachment style usually manifests in childhood and impacts your attachment patterns as an adult. The four types of attachment styles are secure, avoidant, anxious, and disorganized.  Do you know which style of attachment is yours? In order to identify your style, you should look for patterns of how you function and feel in…

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Attachment Figures Who Aren’t Your Parents

May 10, 2020

Amanda Ann Gregory, LCPC, EMDR Certified An “attachment figure” is just what it sounds like: a figure to whom you attach. It was once thought that your main attachment figures were your parents. But the more we learn about attachment, the more we realize that people don’t just attach to their parents but attach to a variety of different figures in their lives. In fact, some people do not attach to their biological parents at all. Why?…

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The Benefits of Anger

February 10, 2020

Amanda Gregory, LCPC, EMDR Do you feel comfortable feeling and expressing your anger? You might not be, as anger has a bad reputation. We tend to label anger as a negative emotion and at times we even judge those who express anger. Have you heard or used these phrases when someone is expressing anger? They have an anger management problem. They are crazy. What’s wrong with them? This bias and judgment against anger can make it difficult…

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Manage Your Anxiety by Grounding to an Object

February 8, 2020

Amanda Gregory, LCPC, EMDR Certified  In my previous blog, Manage Your Anxiety by Grounding to Your Environment, I explained how to manage anxiety by grounding to your current environment. However, this method may not work for you. You might struggle to focus on your environment, you may be in an environment that lacks sufficient stimuli, or your environment itself may be anxiety provoking. Another option is to achieve grounding by using a physical object. This object can…

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Manage Your Anxiety by Grounding to Your Environment 

February 6, 2020

Amanda Gregory, LCPC, EMDR Certified  Imagine that you are walking to a location that you’ve been to many times. When you arrive at your destination you don’t remember the process of walking there. You were on autopilot, a common occurrence of mindlessness. However, these states of mindlessness make it easy for anxiety to seep in and overwhelm you. The same goes for states in which you are hyper-focused on anxiety provoking thoughts or actions. Your brain cannot…

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Why You Don’t Use Coping Skills – And How to Use Them Anyway

December 21, 2019

Amanda Ann Gregory, LCPC, EMDR Certified  You’ve learned many methods to manage your emotional and physical health. You know that these skills work and you know that you should use them. But, you’re not. Why? You might think you’re lazy or forgetful. Yet, the reasons you’re not using coping skills can be complicated.  Here are a few common reasons you may not be using your coping skills: You’ve convinced yourself that you don’t have the time. This…

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Winter Survival Strategies

December 20, 2019

Amanda Gregory, LCPC, EMDR Certified Therapist Winter has arrived. Some people love Winter. They feel content in the cold weather, the darkness, and the holiday season. Others don’t notice much of a difference in their moods during Winter. However, some people report a noticeable increase in depression, anxiety, and low energy during the Winter months. If your mood is negatively impacted by the Winter season there are many strategies you can try in order to cope. Socialize.…

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Alternatives to the Question “How Are You?”

December 19, 2019

Amanda Ann Gregory, LCPC, EMDR Certified “How are you?” “I’m fine.” “Are you really fine?” “No, but that’s not what you want to hear.” Do you truly want to know about someone’s well-being? If so, the question “how are you?” may not be the best option. The question “how are you?” tends to invite responses that are short, inaccurate, superficial, and polite. If that’s not want you want, then you might consider a few alternatives. I came…

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10 Simple Self-Care Methods

October 21, 2019

Amanda Ann Gregory, LCPC, EMDR Certified Self-care has become a phenomenon. We hear about the importance of self-care everywhere we turn. You might know the self-care methods of your loved ones or of your favorite celebrity. But do you know what self-care practices work best for you? Self-care isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Something that works well for your friend may not be beneficial for you. It’s important to know which self-care practices work the best for you.…

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