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Grief and Poor Concentration

Grief and Poor Concentration

In the midst of any sort of grief, your ordinary life can feel like a bizarre twilight zone. I was known for being ditzy as a teen - I was up in my head a lot of the time.  Later, I was glad to find that I am smart and I can focus.  Learning about common reactions to...

Men in Counseling

Men in Counseling

Why are most men averse to seeking therapy and what can we do about it? According to SAMSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) about 14% of American men report facing a mental health challenge.  The 2014 Men’s Health Forum reveals that 4 out of 5...

Finding Meaning

Finding Meaning

One of the most uniquely human attributes is that we are meaning-making-machines. Let's use it to our advantage. Show us the moon covering up the sun for several seconds - creating darkness in the middle of the day - and we will allocate meaning to it.   This behavior...

Ambiguous Loss – Some Coping Skills

Ambiguous Loss – Some Coping Skills

“Let that which stood in front go behind, Let that which was behind advance to the front.” – Walt Whitman The term ambiguous loss has come to mean less obvious losses.  They are losses related to some level of uncertainty, lack of closure, or a sense of longing.  An...

Ambiguous Loss

Ambiguous Loss

What's this? Do you ever feel a tinge of melancholy when the weather changes, even when you’re excited for the new season?  Or just in general, when something in your life is changing, whether good or bad, do you feel a little uneasy?  Maybe your circumstances are...

Clearing Up A Misconception

Clearing Up A Misconception

You have some doubts. I'll start by saying that if you have doubts about the efficacy of therapy, that can be a good thing.  It means you'll be selective. Holding a healthy sense of skepticism is protective.  You're worthy of protection. I will add that on the first...

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