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Understanding PTSD Symptoms

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) break down into 4 main categories: Re-Experiencing, Avoidance, Negative Thoughts and Feelings, and Arousal. I wrote bit about this before here.  Let’s imagine for a bit that you got into a car accident on the way...

5 Step Conflict Resolution

Communicating assertively is a skill that takes practice. When you are assertive you are not being passive, not being aggressive, but rather you are showing yourself and the other person the respect you deserve. Yes, aggression can get you the results you want right...

When Your Brain Gets Its Wrong

If you suffer from anxiety, you’ve probably had the experience where you noticed your heart beating faster. Your brain then automatically went “Uh oh! Why is my heart beating so fast!?” And because of the anxiety you carry, your brain probably answered that question...

Why Most People Don’t Need Long-term Therapy.

Before you get your knickers in a bunch, hear me out. I’m not talking about people with severe mental illness (SMI), complex trauma, or personality disorders. Of course there are always exceptions and it always depends on each client’s unique situation. However, the...

Book Review: Designing Your Life

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Burnett and Evans is my new favorite book. I have been recommending it to clients, friends, and family. I love it when a book written for the general public takes principals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy...

3 Types of Trauma No One Talks About

When we talk about trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) we think of specific events: Combat, Rape, Assault, Fire, Car Accident, etc… However, there are 3 other types of events that occur daily, little by little, over a long period of time that are also...

Why it is Important to Love Yourself

Its cliche: “You have to love yourself before others can love you.” Motivational speakers, coaches, therapists all say some iteration of this phrase when teaching about self-esteem and self-worth. I recently had a client express their frustration with this cliche,...

Why we need Anger

Anger gets a bad rap. In our society we are often taught to “be polite,” just “nod and smile,” or better yet: “don’t be so sensitive” or “you’re overreacting.” The truth is, when we feel anger stirring up inside of us, it is telling us something important and we need...