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dealing with the difficult emotions

Dealing with the difficult emotions

Dealing with the difficult emotions can often be the core of some mental health issues.  We’re often taught strategies of avoidance or defensiveness, though with perfectly good intentions. Types of Difficult Emotions Sometimes difficult emotions such as anxiety, sadness or anger are met with assumptions of weakness, moodiness or being “too sensitive.”  In reality, these…


The Relief of a Diagnosis

Starting the Counseling Process So often people enter counseling with some fear and trepidation around what exactly the clinician might say.  Am I ‘normal’?  Am I the only person experiencing challenges to my way of being in the world?  These are universal questions those of us who struggle with such challenges ask ourselves.  Often the…

What To Expect When You Are Recovering

What To Expect In Recovery From An Eating Disorder

My friend, colleague and business partner extraordinaire has this great idea for us to write blogs together.  We are both passionate not only about eating disorder treatment, but also the treatment team collaboration that is so important.  We hope you enjoy various topics from the perspective the dietitian and the therapist!  Here are our thoughts…

What’s in Your Mindfulness Toolbox

What’s in Your Mindfulness Toolbox

What’s in Your Mindfulness Toolbox?  The Nuts and Bolts of Stress Relieving Activities Mindfulness is one of the new buzzwords in our culture.  Time Magazine recently dedicated an entire issue to educating its readers on what exactly it is.  Jon Kabat Zinn has even developed a program around it called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.  …


What to Expect When You’re in Counseling

As the office manager at HTG, a privilege I have is making that first point of contact with new clients.  Often a prospective client unfamiliar with what the therapeutic process entails will call me with several questions about what counseling looks like.  This may include how the therapeutic alliance is established and what they can…

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Photo by Leon Biss on Unsplash Negative Thoughts I wish I knew who said this as just these five words contain so much wisdom!  We cannot control everything that comes in and our of our minds, as much as we may attempt to.  Negative thoughts can be normal!  What we can do, though, is strive…

When Anxiety Attempts to Hide Behind Planning, Physical Ailments or an Evening to Yourself

Hidden Anxiety

Photo by Gary Bendig on Unsplash Do you ever feel the need to take a significant amount of control in your life?  Or maybe even control the life of others?  You know that feeling when you’re about to give a presentation and you kind of feel like you may be sick to your stomach?  How…


The Power of Love

As I reflect on Valentine’s Day this year, I am reminded of our unrealistic cultural expectations of love and relationships.  It is my hope to open the door to continued conversation on what the power of love really is. What exactly is love? My first thought is that love is a choice, not an emotion. …

What Do You Notice

EMDR in the treatment of trauma and poor body image.

EMDR in the treatment of trauma and poor body image A client and I had a good laugh several weeks ago.  As we scheduled the next session, she said “yes, let’s meet again next week so you can do your ABCXYZ therapy on me.”  She was referring to EMDR treatment.  Let me tell you a…