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July 19, 2015
by Carol Campbell, M.A

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Disney's Annimated Film "Inside Out" Brings Psychology to the People

July 19, 2015 09:00 by Carol Campbell, M.A

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Moviegoers of all ages can thank Disney’s Pixar Studios for brightening the summer of 2015 with a remarkable film, “Inside Out”. This PG-rated movie not only entertains and inspires, but also offers a fantastical but profoundly useful animation of how our feelings call the shots as our minds make meaning of our lives. Who knew that basic psychological principles could be taught by animating five major emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear? [More]

June 21, 2015
by Lorna Hecht, MFT

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Do Moms Have to Act Like Dads if Dads Aren’t Around? Father's Day for Moms?

June 21, 2015 07:55 by Lorna Hecht, MFT

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Angel Soft toilet tissue has posted an interesting and provocative ad for this Father’s Day. The short video features adult men and women thanking their single mothers for fulfilling the role of mother and father. The ad ends by wishing all the mothers a Happy Father’s Day. The sentiment is sweet; grown children acknowledging the difficulty of solo parenting by mothers, and is clearly designed to bring a tear to the eye of the viewer. However, and perhaps predictably, the ad has turned out to be something of a lightning rod for controversy. [More]

May 20, 2015
by Lee Kehoe, MS, LMHC, NCC

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Taylor Swift Inspires Man's 400 Pound Weight Loss: Music and Motivation

May 20, 2015 09:24 by Lee Kehoe, MS, LMHC, NCC

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Syracuse, NY native Ronnie Brower has managed to lose 425 pounds in just under two years. Not only is this feat amazing for the amount of weight loss, but it is a testament to Brower’s hard work as he lost the weight through old fashioned exercise and eating well. Two years ago, Brower was faced with news that his weight of almost 700 pounds could mean death before reaching the age of 30. Well Brower just celebrated his 30th birthday, and he did so over 400 pounds lighter, reaching his goal of 250 pounds. Along his journey, Brower often cited Taylor Swift’s songs as his inspiration as he continued to put in long hours at the gym. [More]

March 31, 2015
by Dr. Johanna Tiemann,Phd

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Questioning the Claims about the 36 Questions

March 31, 2015 07:55 by Dr. Johanna Tiemann,Phd

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The science behind the “36 questions” that are the key to romance has been widely misrepresented. It seems that scientific findings trickle down from the laboratory to the general public in various forms. Sometimes it happens in the best way possible, like water through a drip coffee filter, so that one ends up with a pleasant, stimulating brew of digestible knowledge without the bitter taste of mystifying scientific terminology. [More]

January 21, 2015
by Dr. C. Wayne Winkle,Phd

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Mental Health and Aging

January 21, 2015 07:55 by Dr. C. Wayne Winkle,Phd

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Not only are body functions affected by aging. Cognitive and emotional functions also fall prey to the aging process. The later years often bring on mental health problems for the first time in older people. According to Rollins (2008), Baby Boomers will largely ignore the past stigma associated with seeking help for emotional problems and will seek the therapy services they need to deal with the emotional aspects of aging. [More]

January 1, 2015
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

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Running on Fumes: Recognizing and Preventing Emotional Burn-Out

January 1, 2015 07:55 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

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Work is crazy, the kids have so much to do, and you and your partner just had a big argument about the finances. Maybe you’re unemployed, the creditors are calling, and the bills are piling up. Perhaps you are the caretaker of a family member who is ill or disabled, and you never get a minute for yourself. More often than not, you dread the day ahead, and you feel like you’re heading for a nervous breakdown. You just don’t know how to get your life back on track, and you don’t know how much more you can take. [More]

December 10, 2014
by David Porter, MA

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Managing Your Mood with Exercise

December 10, 2014 04:55 by David Porter, MA

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Working out is a superb way to manage anxiety, depression, and anger. It is also a useful adjunct to manage addiction, PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), and insomnia. It has been noted that mental health providers are slowly recognizing this, and are advised to include it as part of a treatment plan (Weir, 2011). The exact mechanism by which exercise improves mood is unclear- it may be partly due to increased catecholamines- the brain chemicals serotonin, dopamine, and norephinephrine- which can all elevate mood (Mayo Clinic, 2014). Release of beta-endorphins, the natural opiates produced by the brain are also a likely cause (Mental Health Foundation, 2013). [More]

October 1, 2014
by Eddins Counseling Group, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP

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Understanding and Working with Your Emotions

October 1, 2014 04:55 by Eddins Counseling Group, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP

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Understanding and working with our emotions is the root of change and essential to everything we do. Working with our emotions goes beyond just asking, “what do you feel?” It’s about listening to our emotions, understanding what they are communicating to us and using that information to help us solve problems. The ability to tolerate and express emotion is not only connected to greater mental health, but to greater physical health as well. [More]

January 22, 2014
by Cristina Rennie MA, RCC, CEIP – MH

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Trauma Informed Counselling: Four Part Series

January 22, 2014 04:55 by Cristina Rennie MA, RCC, CEIP – MH

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Emotionally focused therapy proposes that emotions themselves have an innately adaptive potential that, if activated, can help clients change problematic emotional states or unwanted self-experiences. Emotions themselves do not inhibit the therapeutic process, but people’s perception is seen as the challenge that creates stuck-ness. [More]