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Is It Possible to Have Too Much Empathy?

By Nicholette Leanza LPCC-S  Of course, empathy is a good thing. It helps us relate and connect to others, which is vital to our well-being. But can too much empathy be harmful?  It can become a problem when someone over-identifies with somebody else’s feelings and literally takes them on as their own. For example, feeling anxious for your friend when he/she is really stressed…

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Can Your Eyes Balance Your Emotions?

By Laura Palisin LPCC For many people, it can feel nearly impossible to avoid feeling panicked at times, overwhelmed with daily stressors, or out of control in our emotional reactions. One lesser-known treatment option can help you balance your emotions and live a happier life. It’s called Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). What Can EMDR Treat? EMDR was developed to treat the effects of…

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Coping with Depression Signs During the Pandemic

By: Roger Weiss, MD Chief, Medical & Clinical Development - California During the Covid 19 pandemic, the recent year has caused many of us to make unnatural and drastic changes to our lives that have had overt and more subtle effects on all of us. When we speak of depression under these circumstances, we are talking about it with a small “d.” Depression can…

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Where There is Life, There is Hope

By Carl Nassar, Ph.D., LPC, CIIPTS “Where there is life, there is hope.” But in those moments of darkness, when all feels lost, and both the winds and the tides of life seem to turn against you, how do you find that hope? Or, perhaps better yet, how do you create that hope? I want to share something both truly special and deeply important:…

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Is Your Friend in an Abusive Relationship? Here’s How You Can Help

Note: If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, contact authorities right away.  Domestic violence and abuse are terribly common. About one out of every four women will experience violence at the hands of an intimate partner in their lifetimes. For men, the number is one in seven. And that does not even include people who are subject to emotional abuse. If…

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4 Reasons You Aren’t In Therapy and Why You Should Reconsider

Have you ever considered seeing a therapist, only to talk yourself out of it? You're not alone. The process of getting into therapy can be intimidating, especially if you've never been. If this all sounds familiar, then the chances are that you gave yourself one of these reasons to avoid therapy: "I don't need therapy." "Therapy is only for rich people." "I don't have…

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