23 Ways To Make Life Better

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 1 min read

baby elephant hd wallpaper desktop big baby elephant wallpaper,pictures,photosHere are 23 of our favorite ways to make life better:

1. Be prepared for things to not go as planned. Have faith it will all work out in the end if you do the right thing.

2. When possible, have a Plan B, even a Plan C. But remember number 1.

3. Look for the good in others. Make this an active, not passive. process. Try it daily.

4. Look for the good in yourself. Make this an active process. Try it daily.

5. Give other’s the benefit of the doubt, but if someone breaks your trust more than twice, be wary.

6. Explore Faith and Belief. Connect to the Creator.

7. Learn from mentors. What is an example of a good mentor? An experienced person who truly” walks the walk”, someone who has good relationships with others and is kind and caring. Someone who almost never gets angry. Someone who is honest. Someone who is moral. Someone who behaves when alone as he/she does in front of others. Someone who values each person and is not swayed or lured by money, fame, or power. 

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Is There A Smartphone-Mental Illness Link In Kids? POLL

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • Less than a min read

92296_8905A 12-year old girl tried to poison her mother with bleach. Why? Allegedly, because mom took away the girls iPhone.

Now, others are saying that smartphones may be causing mental illness in children.

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Getting Focused On Life, Feelings, Hopes: A Therapy Tool

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 3 min read

Dirt Road with Maple Trees in Winter SunriseIn recent comments, Lorr, a reader asked to see an example of a personal perspective paper, a therapy tool that can benefit clients who struggle with articulating their experience.

Lorr asks:

I think the PPP is a great idea, I read about it in your book. Do you have a format or samples? I’m not sure how to get started.

How is the PPP different from a biography?

A biography, or autobiography, can tell the events in a person’s life, without the inner experience. A PPP is more focused on what these events felt like and how they impacted the person’s emotions and his own insights into his challenges.

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TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) For Depression

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • Less than a min read

Transcranial_magnetic_stimulationIn 2011 we interviewed John Elder-Robison, author of two bestselling books about being on the autism spectrum, Look Me In The Eye and Be Different. On his blog, John describes his experience with TMS, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and the dramatic changes which occurred with this treatment.

In the past few years, the use of TMS has exploded, and

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Autism Documentary: Make Me Normal

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • Less than a min read

Make Me Normal is an extraordinary documentary which gives the viewer a deep look into the world of four British adolescents on the Autism spectrum who reside at a state school called

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Poll: Is Common Core Hurting Students? Share Your Opinion

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 1 min read

appleAlthough Common Core has been controversial from day one, with the 2016 Presidential elections looming and candidates debating, more and more mainstream media is beginning to question the effectiveness of this program.

One thing is clear: Many are against it.

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Stress In Your Child: Useful Resources

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 1 min read

775591_99145983Miriam Manela, of OTThrive.com, shares signs of stress in children plus some simple ways to address minor stress, here. She’s the author, with me (C.R. from Therapy Soup) of The Parent-Child Dance: A Guide to Help You Understand and Shape Your Child’s Behavior. In The Parent-Child Dance you’ll learn to understand how children’s systems deal with stress, how this can affect their behavior, and proven tools and techniques to help your child progress.

The APA (American Psychological Association) shows you how to identify stress in your younger child or teen.

MedlinePlus (a project of the National Institute of Health; U.S. National Library of Medicine) offers

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Activate These 5 Fundamentals For Conscious Change

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 3 min read
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DTI Measurement of Human Brain Photo by Thomas Schultz

Conscious Change

These are three examples of conscious change:

A golfer who works consistently on her swing despite not having a natural ability, may find herself able to hold her own in a tournament.

A college student who enters medical school may have no idea how to treat heart disease, but after studying hard in med school and working at his internship, he may be performing open-heart surgery on a regular basis.

A person with an explosive temper can go to an anger management class and learn techniques that help him relax and manage uncomfortable feelings in more productive ways.

Do You REALLY Believe You Can Change?

If people couldn’t change, there would be no point to therapy, coaching or personal

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Change Your Core Beliefs And You Might Change How You Feel

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 1 min read

954919_54240183Core Beliefs

Whether you are dealing with a mental illness or personality disorder or not, if you still struggle with painful personality traits, feelings, and behaviors, one suggestion is to take a look at your core beliefs.

The following questions can prompt deep thought. Try focusing on one of the following questions a week, reflecting on it daily. You can use your weekly questions as a springboard for journaling, meditative thought, or prayerful meditation.

1. What do I believe about other people, those in my life and those who are strangers?

2. What do I believe about life in general?

3. What do I believe about myself?

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How To Interview A Therapist Before You Commit

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 2 min read

725521_70463323Therapy is a service, and can range from life-changing to abysmal. Choosing the right therapist for you is an important factor in the success of your therapy. Interviewing a therapist is an essential part of finding the right one.

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