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The stigma of counseling | Mental Health Awareness

The Power of Your Words

I recently saw this experiment floating around the internet , where an apple was cut in half and separated into two baggies. One half was spoken to with kind, positive , encouraging words and the other half was told rotten, negative, angry statements. About a week later the apple spoken to positively was mildly brown whereas her other half, had begun to rot and wither …

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Your Medicine

You are alive to give a unique gift to the world that no one else has to give. This is your medicine for a hurting planet. Whether you know it or not, whether you believe it or not, the world desperately needs your medicine. The medicine you bring the world is what flows out of you in the moments when you are your best self. It is the good you bring out in those around you …

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How to Survive Anything

The basic necessities for human survival are food, water, shelter, warmth, safety and so on. If you have these basics, you can physically survive in almost any situation. But what are the basic necessities for emotional survival when life’s difficulties challenge our mental health? Here are some skills that, if well-developed, can enable us to successfully survive and …

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Be Broken Together

Over the last few weeks we have been hearing a lot of stuff about the Ashley Madison hack. This has sparked many conversations regarding the surprising names that have been found on that list, the most notably being Josh Duggar. Nearly everyday I hear of broken individuals and broken families because of extra-marital affairs, pornography, lying or a countless other ways …

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Communication is a Funny Thing

Communication is a funny thing. Every time I ask couples in my office what it takes to communicate effectively, I generally hear very similar things. Listening is almost always listed as one of the top skills for effective communication. While some clients look at me with a blank stare and say something like, ‘thats why we are here to see you!’, others have a good understanding …

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The Magic of Therapy is Clarity

I’ve noticed that some clients think therapists are magicians and that therapy is magic. And if the magic doesn’t kick in after one or two sessions (3 tops!), then therapy isn’t working. Now the thing is, therapy can begin to “work” after one or two sessions, depending on the client and the presenting problem. It may even work after one session, and this is where therapy can be magical–if we understand what the magic really is.

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A Life Without Regret?

I used to want to live a life without regret. That was my actual goal. By a life without regret, I meant a life with a clear conscience. A life where I don’t make stupid or avoidable mistakes that have lasting consequences. And that is still my goal. But I stumbled on something in my time of meditation:

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