Should we go through pre-marriage counseling?

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By: Brooke Sellhorn, MA, LMFT Is pre-marriage counseling something only religious couples do? No, all couples are encouraged to participate in pre-marriage counseling.  The need for understanding and cooperating with one’s partner is universal and not dependent on religious beliefs. Understanding one another’s beliefs, values, priorities, and faith or lack of faith is important in […]

How can I tell if my teen is using drugs?

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By Alicia J. DiGiulio, M.A. 10 Signs Your Teen is Using Drugs What’s That Smell? Have a real, face-to-face conversation when your teen comes home after socializing with friends. The smell may be on his or her breath, on clothing, and in hair. The use of products that are intended to make a room smell […]

5 Ways to Manage Your Anxiety

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  By Alicia J. DiGiulio, M.A. 5 Healthy Ways to Manage Your Anxiety Everyone experiences feelings of nervousness, tension, and stress from time to time. Here are 5 ways to help manage anxiety in your life: 1. Become a relaxation expert. The body needs a daily practice of a relaxation technique such as deep breathing […]

Five Common Eating Disorders Myths

Girl Binge Eating

By: Laura Oyer, PhD, HSPP, Clinical Specialist When you hear this phrase, “a person with an eating disorder,” what type of “person” comes to mind? Seriously. Close your eyes right now for five seconds and imagine this person before you continue reading. I’m going to take a guess at what you imagined. There’s a good […]

Male Eating Disorders

Male Eating Disorder

By: Laura Oyer, PhD, HSPP, Clinical Specialist Eating Disorders in Men “It’s a disease for girls. It only affects adolescents. It’s a disease of vanity. Only people in a high socioeconomic status are affected. She/he doesn’t look sick. Those people just need more willpower – just eat/stop eating.” These are just a few myths our […]

What can I expect at my first eating disorder counseling session?

woman with Eating Disorder

By: Laura Oyer, PhD, HSPP Your First Counseling Session: Meeting the Therapist Beginning a new relationship can be challenging, especially in a therapeutic setting where an individual may be sharing vulnerable information in the first meeting. Often individuals are unsure what to expect, how to act, what/how much to say or not to say; the […]

PTSD Recovery: Living a normal life after being diagnosed

Man with PTSD

By: Alicia DiGiulio, M.A. IHFC Therapist I’ve been diagnosed with PTSD, can I live a normal life? PTSD is a mental illness that affects approximately 7.8 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. PTSD recovery is definitely possible with the right treatment.  In fact, with the right treatment, approximately 80 percent of PTSD sufferers will […]

How to Identify Difference Between Generalized Anxiety Disorder and PTSD?

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By Alicia DiGiulio, M.A., MSEd. Therapist The difference between Generalized Anxiety Disorder and PTSD If you have experienced something traumatic in your life, you may be confused about whether your response is normal and “to be expected” or if it could be something else. Understanding the difference between General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Post-Traumatic Stress […]

Life After an Eating Disorder Recovery

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By: Christena N. Wilkerson, MSEd, LMHC, Supervising Therapist What does life look like after recovery from an eating disorder? Much like an addiction recovery, an eating disorder recovery requires the individual to continue to meet with a counselor, follow a meal plan, participate in a support group, and establish boundaries. Happiness and self-esteem come from […]

I Lost My Mom, Who Can I Talk to About Grief?

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By: Aubrey Garner, Crosswinds Therapist Grief is a stomach-turning, despair-filling, and unpredictable thing. Even therapists cannot pinpoint what grief will look like from one person to another. This may be a scary thought; however, it is also truly freeing. There are no parameters on how you need to feel or when. If you are not […]

What can we expect at our first marriage counseling session?

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By: Shannon M. Brady, M.S. Therapist Meeting the Marriage Counseling Therapist Whether a therapist is going to a home or seeing a client at their office, there are similar things that will occur in the first marriage counseling session.  When a therapist is meeting clients for the first time, they should introduce themselves and give […]

How can I help my son with bullying at school?

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By Alicia DiGiulio, M.A., MSEd. Therapist My Child is Being Bullied at School There are many solutions to bullying, and every solution will be different based on a child’s unique circumstances. Once a parent identifies that bullying has taken place, there are steps that can effectively manage the situation for the child and (hopefully) lead […]