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August 20, 2019

            There are several challenges involved with the treatment of Bipolar Disorder (BD) (Steinkuller & Rheineck, 2009).  BD is typically treated with prescription medications to balance the effects of the depressive and manic episodes which are characteristic of BD; however, the outcomes are often unsatisfactory in maintaining clients’ physical health and providing an adequate quality of life. Many client...

Most of us will experience anxiety at some point in our lives, but for many of us it can be a constant state of being, affecting the quality of our lives, including our relationships and our ability to enjoy life.  Anyone with anxiety knows how frustrating it is when our loved ones say “just relax”, or “stop worrying so much”.  For people with anxiety this is not possible, if it were they would have done it a l...

Many of us are on paths towards self-improvement and we spend a lot of time working on bettering ourselves.  This is a wonderful process and is part of what ma

Self-forgiveness is an internal shift where guilt, shame, and anger are released. Maybe you hurt someone knowingly or unknowingly, maybe you have thoughts that you are uncomfortable with, or maybe you are disappointed with certain aspects of how you have lived your life. People experience self-blame for many reasons. It can be hard to live fully when we are berating ourselves consciously or unconsciously.

The fi...

We have all heard about how stress affects our health. There are several different kinds of stress.  Some kinds of acute stress can be healthy and motivating, but chronic stress has been associated with many of today’s leading health problems such as heart disease and cancer, not to mention lower overall life satisfaction and happiness.  Some of us are more prone to unhealthy stress because of genetics, trauma,...

First of all, I want to validate the purpose of anger.  Anger exists to help us create change and overcome obstacles in our lives.  The emotion of anger has a lot of energy and if we are able to hear what anger is trying to tell us, without letting anger overcome us, it can be our friend.  One key to doing this is Mindfulness.

Mindfulness Meditation for Regulation of Anger:

Take at least 5 minutes a day...

When we are scared our sympathetic nervous system kicks in and causes the fight or flight reaction.  What many of us do not know is that it is actually fight, flight, or freeze.  Have you ever felt like a “deer in the headlights” or been “paralyzed with fear”.  You may have experienced this when giving a speech or when someone asks you an emotionally triggering question, or if you have been the victim of violen...

Learning how to receive love with grace is more challenging that it may seem. Neuroscience has shown that there is often a biological component to being unable to feel the love that another offers.

Children who grow up in neglectful or abusive environments often have less active receptors for the neurotransmitters that communicate love. Expecting someone without love receptors to feel loved can be like telling...

Being in love is such a precious and fragile gift. Unfortunately, for most of us, the intense positive emotions tend to fade as the relationship progresses. There are strategies, however, which can help couples to rediscover their passion for each other.

Finding the tender balance between complete oneness with your partner and wholeness as individuals can be challenging. You want to fall into the universe of the...

I have struggled with mild depression on and off in my life and have noticed something interesting within the last ten years. I find that there are time periods, especially in the colder months, where my body and my mind slow down. This makes me feel depressed and I attempt to do all the things I know of to get back to my “normal” self. I drink coffee, try to feel happy, go out with friends, get exercise, make...

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