COVID 19 – I know what I can’t do – What can I do?

There is a lot of information available about COVID 19 and it can be frightening and overwhelming. We are hearing a lot about what is happening and what we can’t do – so let’s focus on what we can do!

  1. If you are staying at home and are not used to being at home, make a schedule for your day and keep it.
  2. Schedule quiet times for you and your family! (No news or social media)
  3. Read a book, play a board game, or maybe just talk to each other.
  4. Do things that you enjoy that you don’t normally have time to do! Exercise, read, call a positive friend!
  5. Do things that you have put off and now have time to do! No Excuses! Clean out that closet, detail your car, make that call you have been putting off! You will feel better.
  6. Laugh! Watch a funny movie, read a funny book, do something fun!
  7. Do something for someone else. If you know someone who is need or feeling isolated, reach out and see what you can do to help them!
  8. Create a positive affirmation for each day!
  9. If you have a therapist, schedule a teletherapy session.

Most of all, remember time is a precious gift that we always wish we had more of.

Try to think of this time as a gift, and use it as best you can.

Our iTherapy providers are a group of talented, caring and skilled individuals. Let’s come together and see how we can help others and ourselves through our current challenges. Let’s post positive, affirming, tips, stories and ideas that will help people to make the best of our shared situation. Let’s create a space where people can find support, encouragement and strength.

3 things that make you the best person to be around

Motivational Monday

This video is about 3 things that make you the best person to be around.

Original Vlog/Blog November 04, 2019 on Real Counseling: 3 things that make you the best person to be around. Check out more of my Vlogs/Blogs on my Real Counseling Inc website.

Mark Tovar is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor in the State of Texas and has worked in many areas of mental health: schools; treatment centers; judicial systems; colleges and universities; and with leaders and executives in our community. His passion is to help people lead more productive and fulfilling lives. He wants to empower you to improve your relationships, accomplish your goals, and still have time for you! Call (210) 588-0863 or email mark@realcounselinginc.com  to set up a FREE 15-minute consultation. Visit Mark Tovar’s Profile.

Negativity and Gratitude

It’s easy for me to get very negative.

I’m not sure whether this is a remnant of a difficult early life, a personality flaw, or just poor coping skills, but I really dislike when I get that way. When I notice myself finding things to complain about all over the place, I reach out for help. The other day, I called my daughter and she reminded me to practice Gratitude. By the next day, I had a completely different attitude and found Joy everywhere I turned. There is a lot of research to support the idea of having a formal practice of Gratitude. And I do mean Practice. Whether it means keeping a Gratitude Jar or a Journal, or daily recording Three Good Things, taking five minutes at the end of the day to recall things that went well really impacts mental health and resilience.

If you find yourself, as I sometimes do, falling into a pattern of negativity, try adding a practice of Gratitude in your life. And let me know how it goes!

Original Blog September 28, 2019 on Counseling For Resilience: Negativity and Gratitude. Check out more of my Blogs on my website.

Lina Lewis-Arévalo MA, LPC, LCADC, NCC and is a Board-Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor. She encourages her clients to think of therapy as part of a journey of Wellbeing, which includes attention to sleep, nutrition, self-expression, connectedness, and bodywork. She is passionate about putting people at ease and helping them to reclaim their Best Selves. Whether your issues stem from early life trauma, ineffective communication skills, poor coping, low self-esteem, etc., she can help you recover that essential you and find joy in your life again. Call (609) 414-7978 or email LinaTherapistLPC@itherapymail.com to set up a session. Visit Lina Lewis-Arévalo’s Profile.

Learned Helplessness and How to Avoid It

Naomi Lufkin Midlife Transitions Radio

Do you find yourself setting limits on what you think is possible in your life? In this episode you’ll discover the condition of learned helplessness and how it can prevent you from achieving what you want to achieve in your life, and how to overcome it.


Original Podcast on Midlife Transitions Radio E12: Learned Helplessness and How to Avoid It Check out more of my Video Series for guidance and help on iTunes Midlife Transitions Radio.

Naomi Lufkin is a Licensed Professional Counselor that knows her journey now is to help women in midlife and beyond examine all the different parts of you that have become repressed and drifted away. She know how the effects of going through a midlife transition are frequently overlooked. She looks forward to helping you become the best version of you! Her style is very down to earth and collaborative. Call (860) 716-7621 or email nslufkin@gmail.com  to set up a FREE 20-minute consultation. Visit Naomi Lufkin’s Profile.

Healthy Boundaries in the Psychotherapy Process

Naomi Lufkin Midlife Transitions Radio

Have you ever called your psychotherapist at the last minute and said you couldn’t make it? In this episode we explore the importance of healthy boundaries in the therapy process, and how to use that process as a catalyst for learning and growing.


Original Podcast on Midlife Transitions Radio E11: Healthy Boundaries in the Psychotherapy Process Check out more of my Video Series for guidance and help on iTunes Midlife Transitions Radio.

Naomi Lufkin is a Licensed Professional Counselor that knows her journey now is to help women in midlife and beyond examine all the different parts of you that have become repressed and drifted away. She know how the effects of going through a midlife transition are frequently overlooked. She looks forward to helping you become the best version of you! Her style is very down to earth and collaborative. Call (860) 716-7621 or email nslufkin@gmail.com  to set up a FREE 20-minute consultation. Visit Naomi Lufkin’s Profile.

Taking Personal Responsibility and Letting Go

Naomi Lufkin Midlife Transitions Radio

Being a rescuer is a lifelong pattern that only you can shed. In this episode you’ll discover how to stop the pattern of pleasing others and focus on taking personal responsibility and taking care of your own wants and needs.


Original Podcast on Midlife Transitions Radio E10: Taking Personal Responsibility and Letting Go Check out more of my Video Series for guidance and help on iTunes Midlife Transitions Radio.

Naomi Lufkin is a Licensed Professional Counselor that knows her journey now is to help women in midlife and beyond examine all the different parts of you that have become repressed and drifted away. She know how the effects of going through a midlife transition are frequently overlooked. She looks forward to helping you become the best version of you! Her style is very down to earth and collaborative. Call (860) 716-7621 or email nslufkin@gmail.com  to set up a FREE 20-minute consultation. Visit Naomi Lufkin’s Profile.

How Humor and Laughter Heal

Naomi Lufkin Midlife Transitions Radio

When was the last time you had a good belly laugh? In this episode you’ll discover the healing power of humor and laughter and you can tap into this to keep yourself vibrant and energetic.


Original Podcast on Midlife Transitions Radio E09: How Humor and Laughter Heal Check out more of my Video Series for guidance and help on iTunes Midlife Transitions Radio.

Naomi Lufkin is a Licensed Professional Counselor that knows her journey now is to help women in midlife and beyond examine all the different parts of you that have become repressed and drifted away. She know how the effects of going through a midlife transition are frequently overlooked. She looks forward to helping you become the best version of you! Her style is very down to earth and collaborative. Call (860) 716-7621 or email nslufkin@gmail.com  to set up a FREE 20-minute consultation. Visit Naomi Lufkin’s Profile.

Creating Positive Change in 2017

Naomi Lufkin Midlife Transitions Radio

It’s time to make those new years resolutions! So what’s going to be different in 2017? What’s going to stay the same? How do you want to change? Discover how to make positive changes in the new year and beyond in this episode.


Original Podcast on Midlife Transitions Radio E08: Creating Positive Change in 2017 Check out more of my Video Series for guidance and help on iTunes Midlife Transitions Radio.

Naomi Lufkin is a Licensed Professional Counselor that knows her journey now is to help women in midlife and beyond examine all the different parts of you that have become repressed and drifted away. She know how the effects of going through a midlife transition are frequently overlooked. She looks forward to helping you become the best version of you! Her style is very down to earth and collaborative. Call (860) 716-7621 or email nslufkin@gmail.com  to set up a FREE 20-minute consultation. Visit Naomi Lufkin’s Profile.

Life After Adult Children Are Launched

Naomi Lufkin Midlife Transitions Radio

Being an empty nester can be challenging, but it is actually a great time to start reflecting upon the meaning and purpose of your life. Discover how to move from feeling devastated to feeling more hopeful, purposeful and joyful.


Original Podcast on Midlife Transitions Radio E07: Life After Adult Children Are Launched Check out more of my Video Series for guidance and help on iTunes Midlife Transitions Radio.

Naomi Lufkin is a Licensed Professional Counselor that knows her journey now is to help women in midlife and beyond examine all the different parts of you that have become repressed and drifted away. She know how the effects of going through a midlife transition are frequently overlooked. She looks forward to helping you become the best version of you! Her style is very down to earth and collaborative. Call (860) 716-7621 or email nslufkin@gmail.com  to set up a FREE 20-minute consultation. Visit Naomi Lufkin’s Profile.

The Power of Gratitude

Naomi Lufkin Midlife Transitions Radio

Do you take time to cultivate gratitude in your life each day? Discover the benefits of gratitude and some powerful but simple steps you can take to add more gratitude into your life.


Original Podcast on Midlife Transitions Radio E06: The Power of Gratitude Check out more of my Video Series for guidance and help on iTunes Midlife Transitions Radio.

Naomi Lufkin is a Licensed Professional Counselor that knows her journey now is to help women in midlife and beyond examine all the different parts of you that have become repressed and drifted away. She know how the effects of going through a midlife transition are frequently overlooked. She looks forward to helping you become the best version of you! Her style is very down to earth and collaborative. Call (860) 716-7621 or email nslufkin@gmail.com  to set up a FREE 20-minute consultation. Visit Naomi Lufkin’s Profile.