Category: Mental Health

08

Jul2019
Counselor, Therapist, Psychotherapist are broad terms that are used within my field interchangeably, this is not helpful. If we want YOU to come to us, we must be able to specify how we help you. I am going to explain how Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) help you figure stuff out ... Read More

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Jun2019

Water and Wellbeing

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June 20, 2019
The most important learning I took from a class on nutritional interventions for mental health and wellness is that WATER IS FUNDAMENTAL to our mental health and wellness. We all know that we should keep hydrated. Sounds easy, but for so many of us, it’s hard to do. Water can ... Read More

04

Jun2019
Help for the Helpers The struggling caregiver. The depressed new mom. The overwhelmed minister. The burned out physician. Helpers can give, give, give, but then realize that they need help too! I work with the "helpers" - those of us who have a calling to give back, but often need reminding that our ... Read More

22

May2019
“The military teaches our service members how to go to war. But the military does not teach them how to come home. I’m here to change that.” Have you ever walked away from a conversation thinking, something amazing is about to happen? That’s how ... Read More

22

Apr2019
Welcome To CAST WELLNESS ONLINE!The purpose of this video is for a quick introduction to CAST WELLNESS ONLINE and welcoming online therapy into your life.If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us directly. Original Post April 02, 2019 ... Read More

22

Apr2019
Individuals who suffer from Insomnia tend to hold myths about sleep which may be maintaining sleep problems. For instance, many people believe they need 10 hours of sleep a night or that they need to go to bed at a certain time. These myths can cause harm as you will ... Read More

22

Apr2019
Invalidation is denying or ignoring a person’s emotional experience and communicating that their thoughts or feelings are not valid or wrong. Invalidation hurts the most when you feel like people are not listening to you, misunderstanding or minimizing what you are saying, or you feel that you are being ignored. Invalidation ... Read More

13

Mar2019
Welcome To My First Video/Vlog! The purpose of this video is for you, the client, to get to know me a little better. This video is also aimed for you to see how your experience would be in session, to discuss some of my viewpoints of therapy, and also to discuss ... Read More

18

Feb2019
The holidays are over, family and friends are once again miles away, suitcases are still not fully unpacked, work has just started up again, and it is still cold— except now the snow is no longer associated with nostalgia and Christmas tunes but rather it’s just another obstacle on the ... Read More

18

Feb2019
When I began doing online therapy (therapy using video calling) I wasn’t sure what it would be like, for the client or myself. Would the client benefit? How much can the client really get out of online therapy? Is in person, office therapy better? Let’s talk about some of these ... Read More

23

Jan2019

Let the Dirt do the Work

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January 23, 2019
Have you ever been so low that you aren't at rock bottom but you are below rock bottom. You are in the dirt. You feel like there is no way up. I'm here to tell you, it's ok. Beautiful things grow from dirt. Allow yourself to sit in the dirt. My ... Read More

08

Jan2019

Here2Help

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January 8, 2019
Life is not always easy.  Sometimes we hit a few bumps and need someone to listen and collaborate with us. I am here to listen, I am here to collaborate with you, I am here to ... Read More

01

Jan2019

19 Questions for 2019

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January 1, 2019
New Year Reflections: 19 Questions for 2019 As a therapist, what I love most about the New Year Holiday is that it seems to be the one time of year that people are collectively self-reflective. While media outlets offer coverage of the ... Read More

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Dec2018

Here2Help

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December 19, 2018
Life is not always easy.  Sometimes we hit a few bumps and need someone to listen and collaborate with us. I am here to listen, I am here to collaborate with you, I am here to help.... Read More

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Nov2018

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Oct2018

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Oct2018

The Journey Begins

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October 16, 2018
Thanks for joining me! Who is Darcie Kelly? Well, I am a woman, a mother, and a Social Worker. For some of us, mostly in the helping fields, a big part of our identity is our occupation. When it comes to helping others, it’s a need you have, a passion. I ... Read More

10

Oct2018
Did you know that in America: 14 million people die of cancer every year 25 million people have asthma 29.1 million people develop diabetes 53 million people have arthriti... Read More

24

Sep2018
In this video, clinical psychologist Dr. Martine Jones shows you how to do diaphragmatic or "belly breathing" to calm your anxiety and panic symptoms. For more helpful videos and information on Dr. Martine's online counseling services, you can find her at hazeltreeonlinecounseling.com. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=p8Jl30aErfw Original Post September 8, 2018 - Diaphragmatic Breathing ... Read More

18

Sep2018

Am I suffering from PPD?

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September 18, 2018
“How can I be feeling sad?! I just had a beautiful, healthy baby?” Having a baby is a life changing event. Many women do not consider feeling anything but sheer joy when they bring their baby home. The truth is, women and men can be overwhelmed with anxiety ... Read More

12

Sep2018

The Value of the Moment

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September 12, 2018
Life is like a jeweled necklace. There are different sizes and types of jewels that are strung together to make a necklace. Each gem representing different moments of time and the string representing our lifeline. Each moment, each experience we have offers us the opportunity to either grow or stay the ... Read More

27

Aug2018
You can’t get a personal record every day. No matter how hard you try, you just aren’t going to be able to get your best results every time you lift. The same is true with the rest of our lives. You aren’t going to get full credit on every single ... Read More

24

Aug2018
As women, we wear "busy" like a badge of honor. We are overstressed, overworked, and distracted. We talk about being busy, we complain about being busy and we don’t really know how to do anything but…be busy.  We aren't able to sleep; our anxiety is increasing and we don't know ... Read More

24

Aug2018
As women, we have all had that moment when we have lost our cool at work. We appeared emotionally over the top or super stressed out. After the fact, ... Read More

24

Aug2018
For many women, striving for perfection is a way of life and achieving anything else except perfection is considered ... Read More

17

Aug2018

Is it Anger?

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August 17, 2018
Is it Anger? Do you know someone that is irritable? Maybe it is you that can become grumpy. All of this is okay. Sometimes getting to the root of your anger can quell the flame. As a counselor and working with Clients wanting Anger-management, ... Read More

27

Jul2018
Overcoming The Mental Illness Stigma 5 Ways You Can Help One in five Americans, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), experiences a mental illness in their lifetime and one in twenty-five experiences a a serious mental illness that interferes ... Read More

06

Jun2018
Hello everyone! Today I wanted to write about how mindfulness can be used to assist in healing the mind, body, and spirit. Mindfulness helps people focus more on the present moment and really take it all in. Some benefits of this practice, ... Read More

24

May2018

WOOP! Your Life

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May 24, 2018
Visit: WoopMyLife WOOP! This is such an awesome concept! I have used it with a lot of clients and I use it myself every day since I learned it, and I will constantly talk about it in blogs. I’m hopefully going to break it down into something simple for ... Read More

24

May2018
Have you ever come home from a frustrating day and all you want to do is just vent? Me too. The problem with this is that the people we vent to may also have had a frustrating day. Combine those two energies together, and ... Read More

24

May2018
These bean jars have been so helpful in understanding thoughts and emotions. I challenge you to use them yourself. Make a jar full of beans representing all colors of beans. And remember, there aren’t simply three kinds of thoughts (positive, negative, and neutral)… I have just simplified them into those ... Read More

25

Apr2018
How post-apocalyptic fiction taught me to stop worrying and love zombies.    Circa 2005 or thereabouts, I attended a talk by David Sedaris at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.  In the middle of his reading, he went off on a tangent (major spoiler ... Read More

27

Feb2018
Freedom from Depression Essential Practices for Lasting Freedom from Depression The true source of healing from depression comes from within—not from medications. Yet when depression drains away your hope, vitality, confidence, and power, how can you find the energy to help yourself? Advanced clinical research in ... Read More

27

Feb2018

FREE YOURSELF from ANXIETY

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February 27, 2018
Free Yourself From Anxiety.  Life is abundant with problems, challenges and obstacles. For every problem solved, another will present. We often think  problems, challenges, and obstacles as being negative. When we think about them as being negative or overwhelming…there will be reactive ... Read More

27

Feb2018
What It Feels Like to Be Depressed What is the worst thing about being depressed? You feel Broken, Hopeless, and Alone. Even if you have people in your life who would support you, you feel like you can’t open up to them. They ... Read More

26

Feb2018
Stress is a feeling that people have when they are struggling to cope with challenges related to finances, work, relationships, environment, and other situations. Moreover, stress is felt when an individual perceives a real or imagined challenge or threat to ... Read More

23

Feb2018

Sober And Still Unhappy

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February 23, 2018
Sober And Still Unhappy You admitted that you have a problem, that you were powerless and all that jazz. You survived the physical detox process that, by the way, was not a mere "7 to 10 days." You're feeling like a ... Read More

30

Jan2018
So, you're interested in obtaining psychotherapy but don't want to take off hours from work to drive to a therapist's office, meander around searching for parking, and then drive back to work after an emotionally-laden session. I don't blame you. Wouldn't it ... Read More

17

Jan2018
Reasons NOT to Use Your Insurance for Psychotherapy So, you’re interested in getting some therapy and you have insurance. Perhaps you’ve even selected a therapist. What else is there to think about other than scheduling, right? Well, keep reading… A ... Read More

15

Jan2018

RESILIENT YOU

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January 15, 2018
Every day and every moment gives you an opportunity to start over and be resilient. You are resilient and are capable to withstand and recover quickly from difficult conditions. You may not think so, but ... Read More

12

Jan2018
Things Mentally-Emotionally Powerful Do Mentally-Emotionally Powerful Tribe recognize that any acute crisis and life challenges always precede or coincide with an opportunity to up gain consciousness and are opportunities for badass growth. All life forms need obstacles/challenges/crises in order to evolve. For ... Read More

02

Jan2018
It’s the holiday season, and I am reminded of a lesson I learned long ago; that is, depression does not discriminate! And if you are reading this article you may have discovered this as well. In my own personal battle, I found ... Read More

14

Dec2017
It’s that time of year where every other blog post is about gratitude. ‘Tis the season, right? According to David Steindl-Rast, a Catholic Benedictine monk, author and scholar, who has inspired generations with his inspirational message about finding gratitude in every moment ... Read More

05

Dec2017
‘Tis The Season To Be…Stressed! 5 Tips for Coping with Holiday Stress If buying the perfect gift that’s likely out of your budget, baking an exquisite dessert that can could compete with those made by Martha Stewart, attending drunk Uncle’s holiday party, decorating your ... Read More

01

Dec2017

What is Psychotherapy?

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December 1, 2017
What is Psychotherapy? Good news! You don’t have to lie on a couch and blame your mother for all life’s problems. Psychotherapy is the process of meeting with a therapist, if it’s with me – a psychologist, to resolve ... Read More

27

Nov2017
Hello and Welcome to Texas Online Counseling PLLC’s Blog This will be my first Blog article and honestly I am nervous. I hope it is well received. I thought this would be a good time to write a blog because of the Holidays. For some it can be a very difficult ... Read More

17

Nov2017
The Messy Truth I don’t think we use it causally in my line of work– it’s also something I’ve had a tendency to minimize time and time again in my life. Trauma can occur ... Read More

31

Oct2017
The “Teacher” called “Emotional Suffering” How you receive this Truth is the level of your current openness and receptivity. Emotional Suffering is the psychological resistance/ the psychological layer that is created through non-acceptance by the Mind. ... Read More

19

Oct2017
Neuroscientists discover neuronal link between generosity and happiness There have been reports that people who are generous in giving time (e.g. volunteering) or giving money to others or any random acts of loving kindness or other forms of generosity report greater happiness. Until recently, ... Read More

17

Oct2017
How do you transform the relationship you have with your emotions? I recommend several different techniques and the rationale behind them. I will be succinct and straight forward in my recommendations, all of which fall into the category of “Mind Training” or ... Read More

16

Oct2017
If you are stressed out, experience symptoms of trauma or have PTSD, you may try to deal with your problems through avoidance and other negative ways of coping that cause more harm than good. This is called negative coping. Negative coping means you ... Read More

13

Oct2017
OMG STRESSED OUT Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) is a caused by traumatic stress and lasts at least 3 days to 1-month. The DSM-5 manual states that stressful events which do not include severe and traumatic components do not lead to Acute Stress Disorder . Acute Stress ... Read More

13

Oct2017
When trauma survivors take direct action to cope with their stress reactions, they put themselves in a position of  awesome power. Positive active coping with trauma makes you begin to feel less helpless, not a victim, and like a Warrior. • Active coping ... Read More

10

Oct2017

Why online therapy?

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October 10, 2017
Online therapy. E-therapy. Telemental health. However you describe it, it’s not the first thing that jumps to mind when most people think of therapy. They might know of Freud, think of laying ... Read More

04

Oct2017
Mental health reactions after disaster, like the recent hurricanes and earthquakes look very much like trauma reactions. Disasters can cause a full range of mental, emotional, and physical reactions. You may also react to problems that occur after the event, as well as ... Read More

04

Oct2017
  Most people have some kind of stress reaction after a trauma. Having such a reaction has nothing to do with personal weakness. Stress reactions may last for several days or even a few weeks. For most people, if symptoms occur, they will ... Read More

25

Sep2017
  The neurobiological mechanisms in response to stress, anxiety, fear, panic, and trauma can have extremely harmful effects on your physical health and is very very serious matter.  If you are experiencing repeated acute ... Read More

25

Sep2017
Mind, Emotion, Body and Sport: Physical injury can affect psychological health. Psychological health influences the recovery of physical injury. Minor physical injuries can be managed with little to no disruption in activities of daily living (e.g. working, self-care) ... Read More

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Sep2017

23

Aug2017
ॐ MEDITATION GUIDELINES ॐ   Step 1 Meditation:  Become aware of the contact of your sit bones with whatever surface they are touching. Notice whether your pelvis is easily upright, or rolled under, or arched with the top tipped forward. Allow any tension around ... Read More

23

Aug2017
Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Trauma and PTSD: After a traumatic event, it is normal to think, act, and feel differently than usual. Most individuals will start to feel better after a few weeks or months. However, If your symptoms last ... Read More

23

Aug2017
NeuroScience & the Brains of Trained Meditators & Mindfulness Practitioners: A plethora of neuroscience research demonstrates significant and consistent positive changes in the brains of individuals practicing meditation styles from Buddhist meditation to more secular mindfulness based stress reduction techniques. Science demonstrates 1) you can ... Read More

23

Aug2017

UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONS

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August 23, 2017
Anger, Depression, and Anxiety are identified as “The Big Three, but Not The Big Easy” emotions. These three emotions are the most prevalent in our culture.  A tremendous amount of suffering is experienced with these three emotions.  All emotions are predominantly linked to ... Read More

23

Aug2017
Good Science & Good Practice: Let us first understand something about breathing ॐ. Breathing keeps us alive, but we rarely appreciate it, and the majority of people are not even consciously aware of their breathing.  We are breathing continuously from the moment ... Read More

23

Aug2017
Are you one of the 8.3 million of Americans suffering from Serious Psychological Distress ? Good Science Good Practice. Medical Minute Update: Recently published scientific study (April, 2017) reports a significant increase over the last 9-years in Serious Psychological Distress (SPD). Researchers from ... Read More

23

Aug2017
DID YOU EAT YOUR BREAKFAST THIS MORNING? Good Science & Good Practice Medical Minute Update on Depression: Depressive symptoms and breakfast intake. Recently published (April, 2017) scientific study finds a strong relationship between frequency of eating breakfast and symptoms of depression. Lack of ... Read More

23

Aug2017
  Are you experiencing anxiety related to the present? Past? Future? Are your worries interfering with the life you want to live? ……..because there is nothing that the worrying mind cant make into a problem, so let us get that under control. Good Science: ... Read More

23

Aug2017
  Good Science: The Latest Research on Depression. Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. Depression does not discriminate. It affects all ages, all walks of life, in all countries. According to the latest estimates published (April, 2017) from the ... Read More

23

Aug2017
Here is a list of symptoms/signs: If you have one or more, then you may be depressed. These symptoms/signs are the alert signals as an immediate “call to action” to seek treatment from a qualified mental health practitioner. Do you ... Read More

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Jul2017

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Jul2017

No Time for Burnout

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July 17, 2017
This month I’d been asked to present locally to two different groups on the topics of Burn-out Prevention, and Caring for the Caregiver. Eagerly, I said ... Read More

17

Jul2017
Greetings, The topics of stress and anxiety are important and valuable to learn more about. My hope is that this brief sharing may bring assistance to you, ... Read More

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Jul2017

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May2017

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May2017

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May2017
Back in the 1990s, I was an unabashed Gilmore Girls fan. I grew up together with Rory, Paris, and Lane, cheering their triumphs and lamenting their missteps. ... Read More

26

Apr2017
Since I can remember, I have always yearned to be a counselor. My lifelong dream is to help people and lead them to Christ. My ministry and purpose in life is to empower and encourage others through showing them ... Read More

19

Apr2017
When I was seven, I used to shower with the curtain half open so that I could keep one eye on the toilet.  It became a ritual ... Read More

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Apr2017

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Mar2017

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Mar2017
Do you struggle with guilt? Learn more about where guilt comes from and what to do with it. ... Read More

16

Mar2017
If you aren’t a morning person, you know that any tip or trick to make mornings a little better can be helpful! I hope some of these tips work for you! ... Read More

16

Mar2017
Here are some secrets to getting a better night’s sleep! ... Read More

16

Mar2017
Please view the Introduction to Diaphragmatic Breathing video prior to viewing this one: Introduction to Diaphragmatic Breathing ... Read More

16

Mar2017
Diaphragmatic Breathing can stop a stress response – be it panic, worry, muscle tension, stomach pain – in its tracks. More importantly, when used daily, it can decrease the chances of having a painful stress response in the first ... Read More

16

Mar2017
Know that you need therapy but can’t find the time to make it happen? Online therapy may be a good fit for you. I’m a licensed psychologist providing online real-time video therapy to people just like you! ... Read More

22

Feb2017

Women and PTSD

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February 22, 2017
Women who undergo traumatic experiences are twice as likely to develop PTSD as men(A.P.A., n.d.). While ... Read More

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Feb2017

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Feb2017
Dr Amber Lyda answers the question: What are the benefits of online therapy? Her answers include the convenience and comfort of doing sessions from home, the elimination of travel time to and from an office, and the ability to ... Read More

24

Jan2017
If you want some help directly from the therapy room to your living room…check out these strategies to take your life back from anxiety. ... Read More

27

Dec2016
It’s 12:01am, January 1st, 2016.  Like most of us, you’ve probably decided that you’re going to do something differently in the New Year.  You reflect upon it, smile, and perhaps for the next few days, demonstrate your resolve ... Read More

13

Dec2016
30 days ago, I decided that I was going to complete 30 Bikram Yoga classes in 30 days.  I attended my final class today, and am feeling pretty proud of this accomplishment.  Full disclaimer: this is not going to be ... Read More

13

Dec2016
“Sitting with the pain and joy of being a human being while refusing to run for any exits…is the only way to become a real human being…” Glennon Doyle Melton

13

Dec2016
Finding your home means being safe from the random hurricanes of outcome, be it success or failure.  What is your home.

13

Dec2016
I think that some people hear the word meditation and what they hear is “New Agey Psychobabble”.  I did too. For a long time. Then Science started speaking up. Persistent and innumerable anecdotal claims about meditation’s effectiveness forced researchers to take a closer look.  The results are in.  Meditation, and especially mindfulness ... Read More

13

Dec2016
You say you are going to work out before work. When the alarm goes off that brilliant plan seems absolutely ludicrous.  The idea of getting up, getting dressed, driving, working out, showering, changing for work, and driving some more…it’s just too daunting.  You hit ... Read More

13

Dec2016
Do you want to sleep better? Feel happier? Appreciate more? Decrease feelings of anxiety and depression?  Integrate this new habit into your night-time routine.  

05

Dec2016
Congratulations on taking the action to make your first appointment! This is a huge step. You should feel good about that. When I first speak with a new client, usually they share that they have thought about seeking therapy for a long time. Many people will even describe picking up ... Read More

26

Nov2016
Many studies support the positive impact the practice of gratitude has on mental health.  I’ve made a short video of a fun gratitude exercise to improve your sleep, mood, and mindfulness. Enjoy! Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. is a leading researcher in gratitude.  In multiple studies, he has confirmed that ... Read More

02

Aug2016
About three years ago, I made the decision to delete all of my social media accounts.  I decided that I valued my privacy more than immediate connection, and found Facebook in particular to be a massive energy vampire.  Fast forward to present day, as the proprietor of a therapy practice ... Read More

02

Aug2016
Like many of you, I first read the news about the terror attacks in Nice, France while scrolling through my social media feed.  The reactions of my family, friends, clients, and colleagues range from emotionally numb to intensely fearful.  It certainly begs ... Read More

02

Aug2016
Chances are, by the time you've made the decision to seek therapy, you're already feeling overwhelmed.  You've finally taken a huge step in the direction towards making positive changes in your life, and then this happens; a google search on therapists ... Read More

02

Aug2016
It's 2:00am, and you roll over to glance at your phone.  Your exhaustion slowed math skills tell you that if you fall asleep right now, you'll get four hours before the alarm goes off. That's enough right?  You've functioned on four ... Read More

02

Aug2016
In 2015, Anna Garvey coined the term, "The Oregon Trail Generation," to describe those of us who were born too late to align neatly with Generation X, and too early to come of age with the digitally native millennials.  In other words, tech ... Read More

09

Aug2014
  Are you struggling to find a balance between protecting your parents while not infringing on their need for an independent life?  If so, you are not alone. Countless adults become caregivers or guardians for their aging parents, often finding it necessary to ... Read More

09

Apr2014
Does my insurance cover this?   Whether I meet a client online or in my office, this is one of the first questions clients ask me, usually after "are you licensed?" The answer is the same, and that is “I am not sure, but I know ... Read More

30

Mar2014
 Licensed Psychological Associate - Daughter, Wife, Sister Have you ever thought about how your life would change if you decided to care for your dad through the final stages of his life at home. My father ... Read More

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Mar2014
Are you struggling to find a balance between protecting your parents while not infringing on their need for an independent life?  If so, you are not alone. This may be one of the toughest decisions we ever have to make. Even if you know it is the right thing to do, ... Read More

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Mar2014
Managing Partner iTherapy   Twenty- Nine Percent of the U.S. adult population  are providing care to someone. I have had the opportunity and the gift to be a caregiver, twice in my life, for both my mother and father.  My father was diagnosed with cancer and we cared for him ... Read More

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