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Four Common Types of Mood Disorders

Four Common Types of Mood Disorders

Are you or one of your loved ones suffering from mood swings, irrationality, obsessive thoughts, or extreme sadness?  When you are battling these issues, you may feel overwhelmed by negativity or simply feel a lack of control over your own emotions.  This can cause difficulty in finding motivation, having clarity to make decisions, and pinpointing your issues.  As a counselor in Orlando, we work with many people that are suffering from mood disorders so they can learn how to co...

Five Ways to Cope with Your Social Anxiety

Five Ways to Cope with Your Social Anxiety

Are you suffering from social anxiety?  Do you have difficulty when it comes to making friends, following through with social commitments, and giving presentations at work?  These issues can negatively impact your life, riddle you with worry, and make you want to stay isolated.  However, there are many ways that you can get help when you are suffering from social anxiety.  As counselors that specialize in anxiety therapy in Orlando, we work with you to cope and overcome th...

Five Ways to Cope with Your Depression

Five Ways to Cope with Your Depression

Are you struggling to find motivation to get out of bed in the morning?  Do you find yourself debating your self-worth?  Do you lack the desire to go out with friends and family?  When you find that you are choosing to stay isolated, avoid social situations, and stay home due to prolonged sadness, you may need to get help to treat depression.  Depression is a mental illness that plagues millions of individuals and causes periods of prolonged sadness, negative thoughts, iso...

Five Ways to Manage Your Stress

Five Ways to Manage Your Stress

Are you dealing with stress brought on by challenges in life, overwhelming work responsibilities, or difficult family circumstances?  Stress can have many negative lasting impacts on your life, and it requires practice of proper management techniques.  As professionals specializing in anxiety therapy in Orlando, we guide and support our clients through their difficult struggles through anxiety, depression, and stress.  Understanding the root of your stress is helpful in overcom...

Five Steps to Alleviate Anxiety as a Parent in the Pandemic

Five Steps to Alleviate Anxiety as a Parent in the Pandemic

Are you struggling with you anxiety during the pandemic?  Do you find yourself frequently frustrated with your kids at home all the time?  When we first started the pandemic, not many people predicted that we would still be dealing with its effects today.  As you work in anxiety counseling in Orlando, you can learn techniques to combat the anxiety of being a parent during an unprecedented pandemic.  Take the time to follow these steps to alleviate your anxiety as a parent ...

What You Need to Know about Dissociation

What You Need to Know about Dissociation

Dissociation disorder causes people to disconnect from the reality that exists around them, and this can manifest in many different ways.  Some people become confused over the sense of time.  Some become confused about their own identity.  Others may be affected for days or even weeks at a time.  For this reason, many people suffering from dissociation work closely with counselors in Orlando to cope with their mental health.   There are Multiple Causes...

Five Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem

Five Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem

Are you currently battling low self-esteem?  Do you have trouble accepting and loving yourself?  When you struggle to love yourself, you may also struggle with other aspects of your life.  Having low self-esteem can create issues in other aspects of life, such as the ability to feel fulfillment, happiness, love, relationships, family, and much more.  When you work on your own self-worth with a counselor in Orlando, you can learn how to appreciate, respect, love, and suppor...

Five Advantages of Virtual Counseling Services

Five Advantages of Virtual Counseling Services

Have you wanted to enroll in counseling sessions but are waiting for the end of the pandemic to start?  With the decline of in-person counseling and the increase in virtual communication, many people are struggling to return to normal and also struggling to find the help to cope.  With virtual counseling sessions, you can stay home, healthy, and safe while also tending to your mental health concerns or life coaching needs. Scheduling Flexibility When it comes t...

How to Manage Your Stress during the COVID-19 Pandemic

How to Manage Your Stress during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Are you growing tired of dealing with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic?  Do you struggle with staying home, avoiding friends and family, and having many cancelled events?  The COVID-19 pandemic has placed stresses on our lives that have caused strains on our social, professional, financial, and emotional health and lifestyles.  The amount of stress continues to mount as we are still knee-deep in the pandemic itself.  In anxiety therapy in Orlando, we offer many solu...

Why Many Teens Seek the Help of a Counselor

Why Many Teens Seek the Help of a Counselor

Are you concerned about the mental health of your teenager?  Teenagers have to cope with many different changes and challenges of growing up and learning about how to be independent.  They also struggle with many pressures, related to social situations, academics, sports, self-esteem, and many other aspects of their lives.  As a counselor in Orlando, we work with many teens to help them juggle these difficulties and learn proper coping strategies they can apply to their lifesty...

Why You Should Consider Going to Therapy

Why You Should Consider Going to Therapy

Are you looking for ways to improve yourself?  Do you struggle with mental health issues that negatively affect your life?  Are you having a tough time managing your anxiety?  When it comes to going to therapy, many people may hesitate before they take the leap.  However, our professionals are trained to help many people overcome conflict, better themselves, and improve their lifestyle.  Whether you are looking to make a difficult choice or you want help in anxiety th...

Six Factors that Can Trigger Anxiety

Six Factors that Can Trigger Anxiety

Do you have a difficult time coping with your anxiety?   Anxiety can not only hinder your performance at work, it may also prevent you from having the motivation to deal with many everyday situations.  As a counselor in Orlando, we are trained to help many of our clients overcome their triggers and their battles with anxiety and many other mental disorders.  This involves recognizing triggers and strategies to combat them.  There are seven of the most common anxiety t...

Toxic Positivity During COVID

Toxic Positivity During COVID

We naturally have a spectrum of emotions, some pleasant, some unpleasant. The ones we consider to be “negative emotions” such as sadness, uncertainty, guilt, shame, anger, etc all share the common trait that they are uncomfortable to experience and unpleasant to witness in others. They are ALL, however, necessary for us to function. Without sadness we cannot grieve losses or attach to new dreams. Without uncert...

How Fear Might Be Impacting You During COVID

How Fear Might Be Impacting You During COVID

Fear is core emotion that signals threat or potential threat to the mind and body. It’s important to distinguish different types of fear-based emotions that you may be experiencing during the current COVID crisis including: Fear Anxiety or Worry Uncertainty These emotions are not the same thing as an ...

Why Is COVID Making Me Want to Shop Online?

Why Is COVID Making Me Want to Shop Online?

Online shopping has taken a steep climb since social distancing first started taking effect around the county. In record numbers, Americans are turning to online shopping for groceries, home goods, and everything else as we try to do our best to socially distance ourselves. But it’s not just groceries we’re buying. Many...

Dealing with Uncertainty In COVID-19

Dealing with Uncertainty In COVID-19

As the coronavirus, COVID-19, takes hold in different places around the globe, many of us are facing a great deal of uncertainty. So many aspects of our lives have shifted from the lives we were living only a month ago. As we adapt to the changes and continue to scan the news and social media for new changes to come, for many of us, our anxiety is only rising. Perhaps after a few weeks of this, you’ve already gotten used to the steady hum of anxiety beneath the surface. Maybe ...

Preventing Depression During COVID-19

Preventing Depression During COVID-19

With the current COVID-19 crisis, we are facing a great deal of losses, both big and small that we will need to know how to work our way through. One of the best tools for preventing depression from taking hold is, ironically, by accurately identifying feelings of sadness and processing through those feelings in healthy ways so they don’t get “stuck.” The many types of losses that are going to be coming up around the COVI-19 crisis will all result in feelings of sadness. How...

What Are Healthy Boundaries?

What Are Healthy Boundaries?

TRY BOUNDARIES TODAY! Disclaimer: Possible benefits include increased self-esteem, improved communication, less resentments, and greater overall fulfillment in your life and relationships. Possible side effects include loss of toxic relationships, confusion or frustration from loved ones, and possible loss of your status as the people pleaser, problem solver, caretaker to those who’ve benefited from your lack of boundaries ...

Will My Insurance Help Pay For Therapy?

Will My Insurance Help Pay For Therapy?

‌This information is provided in the event you may have some interest in submitting claims for out-of-network reimbursement for our sessions. As you know, I am notin-network with any insurance providers so all sessions are paid out-of-pocket at the time of sessions. Many insurance plans, however, do offer out-of network coverage and you may be eligible for potential reimbursement for a portion of the cost of your therapy. Important things to know BEFORE you decide to...

Does Grocery Shopping Make You Anxious?

Does Grocery Shopping Make You Anxious?

As you walk down the first aisle, your heart beats faster and faster the further you get from the exit. It’s not just the grocery store though. You’ve also noticed it happens in restaurants now. You haven’t been to a mall in a while either. The doctor’s office? Forget about it. When you have to stand in line to buy something at the store, you begin to sweat and start to weigh out how badly you really need the cereal. Perhaps you should come back and get it later when t...

Sexual Abuse & Blaming Your Inner Child

Sexual Abuse & Blaming Your Inner Child

I’ll start by saying this article doesn’t apply to everyone who identifies as a victim or survivor of childhood sexual abuse. This article is for those of you who blame yourself – for your body’s reaction during the abuse or for confusing feelings of excitement that you may have experienced while the abuse was happening. In my work, I have come across many survivors who experience intense feelings of shame and self-hatred for how they reacted or didn’t react duri...

Free PTSD Screening

Free PTSD Screening

If you have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as those described here, please complete the free screening below. The PTSD Screening Tool is divided into 3 parts, based on the most common symptoms of PTSD: Re-experiencing Avoidance Anxiety The screening consists of a series of 17 questions regarding common symptoms of PTSD and asks you to rate each symptom by severityover the past month. This questionnaire has been adapted...

Non-Epileptic Seizures and Treatment

Non-Epileptic Seizures and Treatment

Non-epileptic seizures. Psychogenic seizures. Non-epileptic attacks. These are all just different names for the same problem – seizures that are triggered by physical and psychological changes instead of neurological ones (as with epilepsy which is causes by neurological changes in the brain.) In simple terms, these “attacks” or seizures are physical symptoms that are triggered by any sort of physical stress (such as a headache, not getting enough ...

What the heck is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy anyway?

What the heck is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy anyway?

Are you looking for therapy that “works”? Are you anxious about finally taking a chance to talk to someone and worried it will be a waste of time? Rest assured, you’re not alone (and therapy doesn’t have to be a waste of time). If you’ve been considering therapy for a while, you’ve probably done some research of your own. Perhaps you’ve been Googling different types of therapy, talking to a few friends who’ve been to therapy before, or...

CBT 101: The Voice In Your Head

CBT 101: The Voice In Your Head

In cognitive behavioral therapy, one of the first steps is learning to recognize that voice in your head. Your automatic thoughts, what you tell yourself in any given situation, your long-held beliefs—these things play a central role in the way you feel, and as such are a big part of feeling better. Let’s do a little exercise. Just for a second, think about the word “exercise.” What comes to mind? Write it down. Describ...

Heartbreak Over the Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Heartbreak Over the Pulse Nightclub Shooting

As our city awoke on June 12, 2016, many of us here in Orlando found that our sense of safety and security had vanished while we slept. The recent attack on our LGBT community and the largest mass shooting of our lifetime here in the U.S. has left many of us in a whirlwind of physical, mental, and emotional reactions as we try to make sense of the unthinkable. Any time we experience something traumatic, even if you are not directly involved, it can have a predictable and widespread ...

5 Unique Ways to Get Through A Panic Attack

5 Unique Ways to Get Through A Panic Attack

Do you know what it feels like to be minding your own business, in the midst of some mundane every day moment like driving or grocery shopping, only to suddenly feel like you’re going to die or possibly that you’re going insane and never coming back from it? I can tell you from experience that it’s absolutely terrifying. If these feelings sound familiar, you may be experiencing panic attacks. Odds are, if you’ve had more tha...

Does Everyone Get Anxious or Is It Just Me

Does Everyone Get Anxious or Is It Just Me

Anxiety itself is a nervous emotional state that every single person you’ve ever met will experience at some point in their life. This is not to be confused with the type of anxiety for which you may want to consider seeking treatment. This normal level of nervousness is both a natural and automatic response to situations: That are unfamiliar (such as taking swing dancing lessons or driving for the first time) That put some type of competency to th...

Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Is Better Than Xanax

Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Is Better Than Xanax

Do you find in times of stress that your first thought is “Where are my pills?” Or perhaps you’re just tired of taking pill after pill after pill. If you struggle with anxiety, frequent worry, panic attacks, or severe stress, odds are good you’ve had someone (either friend, family, or physician) offer you Xanax at some point in your life. They do this with the best of intentions, mind you—to make your ...

Is Trauma Sabotaging Your Relationship? A Code of Silence

Is Trauma Sabotaging Your Relationship? A Code of Silence

This is the third and final piece of the series Is Your Traumatic Past Sabotaging Your Relationship. Its important to discuss yet another (and perhaps the most damaging) concern for survivors of trauma—the code of silence. We’ve already discussed how your past experience of trauma or sexu...

Is Trauma Sabotaging Your Relationship?

Is Trauma Sabotaging Your Relationship?

This is a continuation of the series on how your traumatic past may be playing a part in your relationship troubles. In Part 1, we discussed the role of trust in your relationship as a survivor. In addition to trust, survivors of sexual abuse and trauma often experience a feeling of checking out or numbness in many situations. It&...

Is Trauma Sabotaging Your Relationship? Trusting A Partner

Is Trauma Sabotaging Your Relationship? Trusting A Partner

Sometimes it’s easier to ignore something that’s happened to us a long time ago. Why bring it up? Why bring those memories crashing back more often than they already do? The short answer? Because at some point in your life there’s a good chance you will feel like working through your past is the only way forward, as terrifying and unsettling as it is. Everything in you will tell you to run the other way, shut those thoughts off, block it out of your mind. But there...

PTSD: Do You Blame Yourself For What Happened to You?

PTSD: Do You Blame Yourself For What Happened to You?

If the answer if yes, you’re not alone. Often times, survivors of sexual abuse and assault, as well as other types of trauma, blame themselves on some level for what has happened to them. Feelings of guilt and self-blame are actually far more common than not. Over 75% of victims of physical or sexual trauma report intense feelings of guilt. This tendency of survivors to blame themselves actually increases ...

Free Health Anxiety Screening

Free Health Anxiety Screening

If you struggle with anxiety around health and illness, please complete the free illness anxiety screening below. With health and illness anxiety, it’s common to experience obsessive thoughts about your health, to fixate on any changes you notice regarding your body, and to frequently seek out reassurance from others regarding the status of your health (such as doctors or loved ones). This questionnaire has been adapted from the criteria for Illness Anxiety Disorder as outline...

Free Social Anxiety Test

Free Social Anxiety Test

If you are experiencing anxiety around social interactions such as work, friend or family gatherings, or when out in public, please complete the free social anxiety test below. With social anxiety, it is common to experience both anxious thoughts as well as physical symptoms, which can make it even more difficult to manage in already anxious social situations. This questionnaire has been adapted from the Social Interaction Anxiety Scale (SIAS), a brief self-report assessment for Soc...

Free Generalized Anxiety Screening

Free Generalized Anxiety Screening

If you feel like you can’t stop worrying about everything, like you can’t seem to relax even when you have the chance, or like you’re always keyed up and on edge – please take the free generalized anxiety disorder screening below. This questionnaire has been adapted from the GAD-7, a brief self-report assessment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. It consists of a series of 8 questions regarding common symptoms of generalized anxiety and asks you to rate each s...

Free Depression Screening

Free Depression Screening

If you’ve been struggling lately with feeling down, depressed, fatigued, or unmotivated, please take the free depression screening below. Depression is a treatable condition, and if caught early enough, can often be resolved with cognitive behavioral therapy without requiring the use of medication. For more advanced symptoms of depression, a combination of therapy and medication may be recommended to help you get back on your feet. This questionnaire has been adapted from the ...

Are You Surrounded by the Right Kind of People?

Are You Surrounded by the Right Kind of People?

Are you surrounding yourself with the right kind of people to beat your depression or anxiety? The “right kind of people” is not code for people who make a certain amount of money, practice a certain form of religion, or look a certain way. The “right” people (at least as far as anxiety or depression are concerned) are the ones who support all efforts toward self-improvement and growth both in themselves and in others. These people are priceless. Sometimes as...

Perfectionism: It's a Killer

Perfectionism: It's a Killer

“Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got a flat.” If this is you, put the knife down. Perfectionism turns you into your own worst enemy when really you should be your own greatest cheerleader. We often convince ourselves that if something isn’t done perfectly then what’s the point. This type of unhelpful thinking comes up a lot when we struggle with things like dieting or addiction, or any type of ...

Fear of Confrontation: 5 Tips for Overcoming the Discomfort

Fear of Confrontation: 5 Tips for Overcoming the Discomfort

Does your fear of confrontation leave you feeling unheard, misunderstood, taken advantage of, or worse? If so, it’s time we take a look at this. How many times have you screened your calls, ignored text messages, or gone along with something you didn’t really want or agree with just because the thought of confrontation made you nauseous? A fear of confrontation is more common than you think. Confrontation is something we often avoid like the plague. This isn’t ...

Toxic Positivity During COVID

Toxic Positivity During COVID

We naturally have a spectrum of emotions, some pleasant, some unpleasant. The ones we consider to be “negative emotions” such as sadness, uncertainty, guilt, shame, anger, etc all share the common trait that they are uncomfortable to experience and unpleasant to witness in others. They are ALL, however, necessary for us to function. Without sadness we cannot grieve losses or attach to new dreams. Without uncert...

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