The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy and the Importance of Finding a Certified Gottman Therapist

By Terri A. Ammirati, LCPC. Does love really cure all? Over the past 50 years, social epidemiologists have proven that loving relationships, whether romantic or friendly, contribute to a longer and healthier life. But, it takes hard work for love to stay strong and unleash its potential. It’s almost unfair the way negative emotions can […]

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Creating a Manageable Work-Life Balance for Parents in Challenging Times

Melanie Brosnan, LCPC Work-Life Balance Imagine this scene: You awake from your already disrupted sleep by your crying infant to begin what seems like the umpteenth day of the work-childcare balancing act. You stumble out of bed to console your child, then wander into the kitchen to have a “healthy” breakfast of a granola bar […]

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The Pandemic: How to Manage Feelings of Loss and Grief

By Leanna Alonso, LSW Coping with Anxieties.​ Every individual on this planet has experienced the feeling of losing something or someone and having to grieve that loss – especially during the pandemic. It would be difficult to believe anyone who says he or she has had no feelings of anger, loneliness, isolation, anxiety, or sadness […]

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How to Manage Isolation and Loneliness in a Winter Pandemic

By Leanna Alonso, LSW Coping with Depression. The combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and dark wintery months means prolonged and extreme isolation for many. The resulting deep feelings of loneliness can put your mental health in danger. Here’s what you can do about it. First, I want to emphasize that feelings of loneliness and sadness, […]

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Challenge and Change Your Negative Thoughts

By Melanie Brosnan, LCPC Negative Thinking. Negative thinking is fairly common as all individuals will likely go through times of feeling sad, insecure, uncertain, or stressed. However, negative thinking, if not kept in check, can snowball into mental and physical health issues. How do you put a stop to negative thinking? In our counseling process, […]

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Helping Children Adjust To E-Learning

By Leanna Alonso, LSW Virtual Learning & Covid.​ School has always been a major part of children’s and adolescent’s lives. Going to school provided the family with structure, expectations, routine and socialization. Since COVID, e-learning has now become the new norm for elementary, middle and high schoolers. Adding to the stress of the disruption in […]

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What Is Trauma and How We Can Help

By Melanie Brosnan, LCPC Overcoming Trauma. Experiencing trauma is undoubtedly scary and life-changing. It can cause someone to have overwhelming feelings of sadness, anger, confusion, guilt, and self-blame. The National Council for Behavioral Health reports more than two-thirds of Americans have experienced some type of trauma in their lives. Traumatic events can include: Physical abuse, […]

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Giving and Taking: How We Go About Getting Our Needs Met

Healthy Relationships Recently, I’ve noticed that there is an increasing number of articles circulating the internet about narcissism and how to avoid being hurt by narcissists in our lives. Narcissistic individuals are individuals who seem to have no ability to empathize with others or to put themselves in other people’s shoes. Because of this, these […]

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Supporting Your Kids During the Pandemic

By Melanie Brosnan, LCPC The Pandemic | Parent Support. This is Part 2 of our series on helping children cope with the pandemic. As described in Part 1 of this blog, supporting our children is essential during these challenging times. Children rely on parents for strength and guidance. Children are resilient and, most of the […]

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