The Healing Power of Mindfulness

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This past weekend I attended a training by Julie Green on EMDR, mindfulness and self-compassion. EMDR is one if my favorite therapy interventions and I believe it can be helpful with making permanent changes in people’s lives. The training got me thinking a lot more about mindfulness and how such a simple practice can help […]

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What Is EMDR & Why Does It Work?

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Most of the clinicians at Creekside Collaborative Therapy are trained in a very effective intervention that helps clients to heal from trauma.  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing has been around since the 1980’s and is becoming increasingly recognized as the treatment modality of choice for various mental health and trauma-related issues.   What is EMDR? […]

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Hobbies, Creative Expression Bring A Healthy Balance In Life

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Maintaining a balance among all aspects of one’s life can be the key to living a long, healthy life. Most people have heard the expression, “All work and no play makes a person dull”… In fact, it seems that too much or all of anything in life can have drastic impacts. Think about spending all […]

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Random Acts of Kindness for Your Mental Health

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In the therapy world, it’s commonly understood that doing good deeds for others can help increase self-esteem. In turn, good self-esteem contributes positively to so many other areas of our lives; physical/mental health, sociability, and healthy risk taking, to name just a few. Most people who are good Samaritans (the kind that often engage in […]

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Channeling Life’s Passion Can Eliminate Addictive Behaviors

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Recently, while doing some research, I stumbled upon an idea about the treatment of addictions that really opened my eyes. The idea has stuck with me ever since, and I feel compelled to share it with you, my readers. The fact is addictive behaviors are extremely widespread. I have no qualms in asserting, even, that […]

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It Takes A Community To Prevent Suicide

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Many of us have heard the stories. They circulate on email regularly. My favorite is the one about the young man who was heading home from school one Friday looking forward to the coming weekend. He’s high-fiving his fellow football team members, he’s making plans for the eventful weekend, he’s elated and excited. On his […]

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Assuming Positive Intent

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If you’ve ever read any of my newspaper columns, you probably know that my favorite therapeutic intervention for all types of young people and their families is Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). Although the Collaborative Problem Solving approach was initially developed to address the out-of-control behaviors of children with Bipolar Disorder, it quickly became evident that […]

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Avoiding Negativity In The Workplace

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Let’s face it. Every workplace, no matter what type, experiences negativity to some degree. Whether the negativity consists of gossip around the proverbial water cooler, overt sabotage of workplace goals or a combination of sources across this continuum, negativity is often a tremendous force to be reckoned with. I often envision negativity as a highly […]

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Multiple Intelligences-Each Unique, Each Important

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A wise person once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” The quote, a subject of debate as to its origin, is believed to be over 80 years old. As a nation, however, […]

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Counseling & Psychotherapy 101: How To Choose A Therapist by Elena Davis

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When struggling with overwhelming life challenges or emotional turmoil, the thought of trying to find a counselor can feel like blindly shooting darts at a moving target. The field of counseling and mental health is laden with confusing acronyms and jargon, not to mention the infinite choice of hundreds of individual counselors (a.k.a. therapists) who […]

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