Halloween Fun for Kids With Food Allergies

With more awareness and prevalence of food allergies, many kids are not getting to experience the fun of Halloween. I know, personally, we have so many close friends whose children have been able to dress up and go trick-or-treating, only to have to give away most or all of the candy they receive.

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The Power of Validation in Marriage

If I could get one message across to every couple I come in contact with, it would be “validation always wins”. Get good at saying “you’re right”, or “you have a point”, and avoiding the tendency to simply debate, and your life at home will get radically better. Validation, as a communication tool, refers to acknowledging the…

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Silver Linings Playbook: A Therapist’s Review

Silver Linings Playbook; an example of how when life can’t seemingly get any worse, it really can get better. The two main characters of this movie face a number of personal turmoil. Pat Solantano (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) face a number of life’s challenges. Pat lost everything; his house, his job, his marriage…

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Hope and Kindness

I wish that I could say that I had been perfectly kind in high school.  I wasn’t.  I wish I could say that what other’s thought of me didn’t matter. It did and it does.  We are all imperfect and make mistakes, but how can we choose to be our best selves everyday…even in the…

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What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

There are a multitude of therapy “styles” available in the mental health field, and it can be difficult to know which one is a fit for you. The primary treatment model at The LodeStone Center is Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or “CBT”. Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a present-oriented therapy, meaning the focus tends to be on…

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Why see a Psychologist?

Why see a Psychologist or Therapist? This promotional video from the American Psychological Association  is part of a campaign aimed at encouraging people to seek out long-term skills and strategies to address psychological concerns in addition to, or in place of psychiatric medication.        

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Book Review: Talking to Eating Disorders: Simple Ways to Support Someone with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, or Body Image Issues

As a psychologist, I get asked all the time for book recommendations. Eating disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder) can be particularly difficult for the friends and family of patients to understand. The best book I have found to help is called Talking to Eating Disorders: Simple Ways to Support Someone with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge…

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Recent Screening of the documentary “Finding Kind”

Recently, I was privileged to be a part of a very special event.  On January 8th, I saw the documentary, Finding Kind, for the first time.  It immediately sparked an interest and a desire to spread the message about girl-on-girl “crime” (physical fighting, name-calling, threats, power struggles, competition, manipulation, secrets, rumors, and ostracizing other girls,…

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5 Things You Can Do To Improve Depression This Week

Today was the first major snowfall of 2012, which had me remembering how difficult the winter can be for the people I see that have recurrent bouts of depression. In Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression, there are several areas of functioning that we always assess to help improve depression symptoms. These are the areas that…

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