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Unfortunately, social distancing guidelines mean that you can’t just go to a therapist’s office. This is why access to teletherapy is more important than ever…

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During the COVID-19 pandemic you may feel unsafe, have trouble sleeping and experience distressing emotions. It is normal to feel some anxiety when a global infectious disease impacts every area of your life. Here are some ways to cope…

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Your brain will try to convince you that worrying and ruminating is helpful. Actually, you’re just making things worse. Negative thinking will kill your joy. You need practical tools to help you reduce worry…

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You can be a great talker, but you have to be an equally good listener to be a great communicator. It’s about expressing yourself in a healthy way and allowing your partner to do the same…

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You have heard that meditation is good for you. However, it may seem like just another thing you don’t have time to learn. Here are some tips that will make it more appealing and less daunting…

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Sometimes you underestimate the power of your thoughts. That’s why it’s important to monitor the negative ones. You don’t need to be a slave to your thoughts. Here are some ways to let go…

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Relationships can be fun, but they may also be challenging and require work. Maintaining a relationship is not easy. You need to invest time and energy. Here are some ways a relationship therapist can help you…

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Admitting that you need help is a brave step. Once you’ve made the decision to reach out, it’s important to take time to find the right professional for you. You will need someone you feel you can connect with and trust…

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Willpower is a combination of courage, mental stamina and determination. It makes all the difference in the world and stands behind most success stories.  The good news is that willpower can be learned and strengthened…

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With the holiday season comes a lot of fun, but also some stress. The holidays can cause friction in even the strongest relationships – established and new. This is especially true if your relationship is already on shaky ground…

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Psychotherapy can benefit you if you are struggling with emotional difficulties, life challenges and mental health concerns. In therapy you will learn to cope with the symptoms that don’t respond to treatment right away…

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When you suffer from depression many of your coping strategies can actually make your problem worse. Are you hindering your recovery? Only when you overcome these 5 common mistakes will you start making progress…

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The silent treatment is a way to inflict pain without physical violence or visible wounds. It actually activates the part of your brain that is responsible for registering physical pain…

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A healthy relationship needs a solid foundation. You need to be willing to make some changes and become better together in order to improve the quality of your relationship and your life…

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A lot of people feel a little more melancholy or tired with the reduced light and warmth of the fall into winter. However, if you have the same symptoms each year and it affects your quality of life…

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In marriage, what you don’t know can really hurt you. Many couples don’t discuss the difficult things that can actually build a strong foundation. If you don’t deal with an issue before marriage…

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Take a deep breath. Don’t you already feel better? Breathing is such an ordinary and mundane thing that its true significance can be easily overlooked. It is the most direct way to bring the mind together with the body…

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Why do some people succeed and others don’t? Emotional Intelligence(EQ), is the ability to identify and manage your emotions. Your EQ is what you use to empathize. It allows you to connect with others…

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When you are not focusing your emotional energy on your partner, where is it going? Emotional affairs are non-sexual relationships that usually start out as friendships. It may seem harmless…

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No one likes to hear bad news, but the truth is that the consequences of refusing to talk about issues can be far more damaging. Breaking down barriers and opening the lines of communication is a real skill…

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Your relationship has a magic formula for success. Renowned relationship expert, Dr. John Gottman of The Gottman Institute found that for every negative interaction during a conflict, a stable relationship needs at least 5 positive interactions…

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To love is to be vulnerable. That’s why it’s easy to get hurt. It may feel like the whole world is caving in on you right now. To stop loving is not an option. How can you get beyond the pain? Here are some tips to help you move on…

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You can never truly be fearless and you shouldn’t aspire to be. Courage is not the absence of fear. Your fear has a purpose. It warns and protects you. Without it you wouldn’t last long…

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If you have a partner in recovery you may want to know what you can do to help. While you can’t change the addict, there are things you can do to improve the chances of their recovery…

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Mindfulness is a skill anyone can acquire. It increases your awareness of what you are experiencing and provides enough space to decide how you want to respond in every situation. It’s an easy, always available way to calm yourself. Mindfulness involves directing your attention away…

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You are not alone. We have all repeated some of our mistakes from one time to another. If we don’t learn from our mistakes, we inflict unnecessary stress on ourselves and others. How do we do that, rather than just repeating them, just hoping for better next time? Here we take a look…

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There are many misconceptions about what self care really means. The truth is that self care is so much more important than treating yourself to something expensive. It involves assessing your needs and taking action. Once you begin to look after yourself, you will rely less on your partner for all your happiness…

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Information overload leads to overstimulation of your brain. It occurs when we’re exposed to too much irrelevant information. A stressed brain is at greater risk of neurodegenerative disorders. Being informed is not bad, but overload can cause the brain to lose its learning ability and problem-solving skills…

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The butterflies are gone. Now what? Research shows that the Honeymoon Phase is a very real phenomenon that can last anywhere from days to a couple of years. It takes so much energy that it can not possible last forever…

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We can all benefit from therapy at one point in our lives. It is just part of the human condition. However, many of us are hesitant to seek therapy as the idea of cultivating a new relationship may cause anxiety. When you believe…

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It is normal to feel lonely sometimes, but it’s hard to cope when those feelings won’t go away. You may begin to think that this is how you will always feel. Perhaps you have tried to overcome your loneliness and failed…

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Your partner is an addict. Statistics show that 1 in 10 people who enter a therapy office or clinic have an addictive disorder, yet only about 10% receive treatment. Addiction is one of the greatest challenges a relationship will face…

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Online therapy, or e-therapy, e-counseling, teletherapy or cyber-counseling, is a development in mental health in which your therapist or counselor provides psychological advice and support over the internet.

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You can be in a codependent relationship with anyone. In a romantic relationship it means that you come to rely on your partner for happiness and approval…

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Psychological abuse involves attempts to frighten, control or isolate the victim. A relationship is abusive if there is a consistent pattern of bullying behavior and words that wear down the victim’s self-esteem and mental health…

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Infidelity puts a serious strain on a relationship. It can leave the cheated partner with a sense of betrayal and confusion. Unfortunately, some relationships will not survive. However, with two committed partners, it is possible to save the relationship…

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It is common for couples to seek counseling when communication issues start dominating the relationship. Are you having the same old arguments, over and over again? Do you feel like your partner just does not “get you” anymore? Better communication will only benefit your relationship…

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Stigma is a disgrace. It’s a label. It means judging a person before you’ve had the chance to get to know them. Stigma will make you distrust, fear or avoid a person based on the single aspect of their personality you focus on. There is also stigma surrounding the efforts people make to handle their mental health issues…

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Helping a loved one struggling through depression is not ever going to be easy. But, your support may be the key to their recovery. Here are some things that may help…

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Stress is part of life. No-one is immune. It has become so normalized that you often don’t even notice the excessive stress you are coping with. If these feelings are having a negative impact on your life to the point that you are finding it hard to function normally, it may be time to ask yourself if you need to see a therapist…

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Anxiety is hard. Loving someone with an anxiety disorder can seem impossible. It can be a confusing situation. Here are 5 things you need to think about when your loved one suffers from anxiety…

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The new year can be a hopeful time for you and your partner. It brings a chance for reinvention and reinvigoration. Making resolutions together will mean that you will be far more likely to keep each other focused…

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High expectations, money woes, and other holiday hazards can spell trouble for those prone to depression. For many people who have clinical depression, the holidays aren’t just hard to get through—they’re unbearable…

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The festive season is meant to be a time of joy, but for many people it can be a time for stress, anxiety, sadness, frustration, hurry, loneliness, disappointment, overworking, overeating, over drinking, and overspending…

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Relationship counselors report an increase in couples seeking their services following the holiday season. One reason for this is that many people expect that more time together might renew their love and solve all their problems…

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Often couples put the idea of getting help on the back burner. Often they wait until it’s too late. We’ve outlined some of the most common indicators that a couple could potentially benefit from seeing a professional…

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Walking was shown to dramatically improve the quality of life of participants who reported symptoms of depression. Women who averaged 200 minutes of walking every week had more energy, socialized more, felt better emotionally, and weren’t as limited by their depression when researchers followed up after three years…

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Journaling is often recommended as a stress management tool. It can help you clear your mind and make connections between your thoughts, feelings and actions. It can even help improve the symptoms of depression and anxietyIn a previous post, we discussed the advantages of labeling your emotions when dealing with your anxiety. This is a natural outcome of journaling…

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Snap out of it. If you suffer from anxiety, you’ve probably heard these words before. Anxiety disorders are often misunderstood and people often think that you can overcome anxiety by willpower alone. While this is not possible and it is very important to seek proffesional help, here are a few tricks you can try to help manage your symptoms…

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Often couples struggle for years trying to mend their broken relationships on their own. Or they spend those years avoiding and running away from their problems. Congratulations! Being brave enough to commit to couples therapy is the first giant step toward making it better. Here we have collected some ways in which you can set yourself up for success…

Depression Therapy

Sadness is part of life. No-one is upbeat all of the time. However, it becomes a problem when it starts controlling you and leaves you feeling helpless and hopeless. When sadness turns into depression, it’s time to take action. Here are some tricks you should try to get relief from your symptoms….

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Do you prioritize good sleep? A recent study found a dramatic decrease in paranoia after just six weeks of sleep training through online cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). We’re used to thinking that anxiety and depression disrupt sleep – but it turns out that improved sleep will disrupt anxiety and depression…

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What if I told you that you can effectively deal with anxiety and panic attacks in just 30 seconds? Well, you can. A brain imaging study by UCLA psychologist, Matthew Lieberman, revealed why naming our feelings decreases our anxiety. Lieberman calls the process “affect labeling”…