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Success in High School Is Up to You

Success in High School Is Up to You

Yup. It’s September. Most teens have been back in school for a few weeks already. Many have made promises that this year will be different. This year will be more...
Do Our Neighbors Matter to Us Anymore?

Do Our Neighbors Matter to Us Anymore?

When I was growing up in my small town of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, neighbors were part of my everyday life. During the summers, the first thing I’d do everyday was head...
The Group Gets Racism: Why Can’t We?

The Group Gets Racism: Why Can’t We?

My teen group is comprised of all shapes and colors of girls. Girls who vape, have sex, stay on their phones all night, and have worries that are part of our larger world:
How Narcissists Use Future Faking to Manipulate You

How Narcissists Use Future Faking to Manipulate You

Future faking is one of the most prominent yet subtle tools used by people with strong narcissistic tendencies and other dark personality traits. Indeed,...

The Power of Language

Remember the old childhood saying – “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never harm me?”  That oft repeated phrase, meant to minimize the impact of hurtful words,...
Today I Love Being Up Before The Sun

Today I Love Being Up Before The Sun

Today I love being up before the sun and greeting the day in its infancy, getting to watch it grow up, pass the childhood of its wee small hours and mature into the youth of its morning....
5 Challenges Often Mistaken For Anxiety

5 Challenges Often Mistaken For Anxiety

What do you know about anxiety? If you were quizzed on anxiety would you be able to identify it? When I meet clients for the first time I ask about symptoms of anxiety to help me narrow down a diagnosis and a treatment course....
Combating Your Inner Critic

Combating Your Inner Critic

Adapted from:  Pete Walker’s book “Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving” Do you struggle with a constant, nagging  Inner Critic?  Is there a negative voice inside your head reminding you...
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How to Recharge and Refocus When You Have ADHD

How to Recharge and Refocus When You Have ADHD

When you have ADHD, day-to-day activities at home and work can often drain your physical and mental energy. That’s because even seemingly straightforward tasks like paying bills or tidying up the house require sustained attention which can leave you feeling exhausted and depleted....
When Is It Okay to Lie About Death?

When Is It Okay to Lie About Death?

This week, I sat, enthralled in a darkened movie theater watching a story unfold. Before the first scene, the line, “Based on an actual lie,” ran across the screen. The...
I’m a Therapist: Here’s What Annoys Me…

I’m a Therapist: Here’s What Annoys Me…

It really takes a lot to get on my nerves as a therapist. In fact, there are very few things that would actually annoy me when working with someone. But there is one thing I find myself frustrated by whenever the issue
Getting Off the Emotional Carousel

Getting Off the Emotional Carousel

We all have strong emotions from time to time. We have all had that experience of feeling “emotionally hijacked” in which we feel powerless against the influence our emotions have...

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