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Getting Fulfilled in Your Relationship

Within the context of intimate relationships, couples tend to turn to one another for fulfillment. While needs can also be met independently from within, via employment settings, through friends, family, etc., when in a partnership, couples tend to turn inward and place these needs and expectations upon one another primarily. There are a multitude of…

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You Snooze, You… Gain! Ten Steps for Improved Sleep

One of the biggest struggles I see with clients is the challenge of getting a good night’s rest.  Now, don’t get me wrong, most people that come to me aren’t presenting with lack of sleep as their chief complaint.  However, what we often uncover is that their high stress levels, anxiety, etc. are partially attributed…

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Getting to Know The Narcissist

With absolute certainty, at some point you may have said or heard someone else say, “he’s such a narcissist,” or “she’s so narcissistic.” In the field of psychology, there is such a thing as narcissistic personality disorder, which is diagnosed upon meeting several distinct criteria. The key diagnostic features are as follows: “has a grandiose…

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Challenge Depression by Nurturing Yourself

For those who live with depression, it can be difficult and at times even feel impossible to function. You know the dark, down days will come, and when they hit, the weight is like a ton of bricks. It can become incredibly hard to think and concentrate. Your appetite may leave you. Your sleep patterns…

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Aromatherapy – What’s all the Hype!?

Lots of information can be found these days pertaining to the use of essential oils, via aromatherapy, as a means of addressing mood. So what exactly is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is the use of oils from natural sources, such as plants, trees, flowers and herbs, therapeutically for the benefit of emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness. Most…

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Chronic Pain & Depression

An extremely common issue I’m faced with in the treatment setting is depression, coupled with chronic pain. In my field, we reference these individuals as the co-morbid, meaning there are two or more illnesses occurring within an individual at the same time. This is important to note because often times, treating the issues simultaneously yields…

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Living Our Values

As we progress through life, we value different things at different times; ever evolving creatures. It is wise, from time to time, to reevaluate these values to ensure we are investing our time, energy, and finances into what we feel is most important at this time in our lives. This is a pretty important step…

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Attachment Theory

Attachment Theory posits that our earliest relationships as children, with our closest caregivers, shape all future relationships and attachments with others into adulthood.  As adults, we develop either insecure or secure attachment styles based upon those early interactions.  As you may have guessed, a secure attachment style contributes positively to relationships, while an insecure attachment…

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The Power of Thought

If you’re as old as I am, you may remember the Saturday Night Live spoof called Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley, which essentially pokes fun at the use of positive affirmations. And at some time in your life when you were down in a slump, it is highly likely someone perhaps suggested for you to…

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Ready, set, go!

Welcome to my blog. I’d like to start by giving a glimpse into what you will find here as we go forward together. As a therapist and holistic life coach, I find myself mulling over so many thoughts in a given day, continually seeking knowledge, and routinely getting asked a wide range of questions on…

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