5 Steps to Understanding Your Anger and Handling It Effectively

by Crystal Clements, Psychological Assistant, PhD

 

anger counselingAnger can be a normal and healthy emotion. So why is it often so problematic? Here are a few signs that your anger may be harmful rather than helpful:

 

  • I’m often told I have a “bad temper”
  • Others distance themselves from me when I’m angry
  • Expressing anger leads to fighting
  • I don’t feel understood when I’m angry

 

Let’s take some time to understand anger in a different way.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Finding Empowerment for Change

by Bekke Abe   Have you ever experienced the internal feelings of “falling apart,” “shattered,” “beside yourself,” and/or “abandoned?” Have you experienced symptoms and behavior of inability to mask reactive mood, chronic feelings of emptiness, fear of abandonment, pattern of unstable interpersonal relationships, marked and persistent unstable self-image or sense of self, and impulsivity that are potentially self-damaging?   Dr. James A. Chu states that “this dissociative sense of fracturing results in psychic distress and a paralysis of functioning in which associative capacity – access to thoughts, feelings, normal abilities, and judgment –...

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5 Steps to Effective Conflict Resolution

by Crystal Clements, Psychological Assistant, PhD   Conflict resolution can be difficult for most couples. Often we fear that our partner won’t be open to what we have to say. We may think our partner doesn’t care about how we feel, or that they just don’t have the capacity to understand. This often results in a patter of forcing our perspective on each other or avoiding conflict resolution altogether.   Couples who struggle with conflict resolution have trouble getting back to normal. Instead, they tend to feel isolated, even when they're together.   Whether you find that...

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Why Do Premarital Counseling?

by Bekke Abe

 

premarital counselingStatistics shows that divorce affects a variety of couples. It affects those who share the same religious beliefs, who are educated or not educated, the rich, the poor, the young, the old, those with children, and those living in the city or living out in the country. So, in the midst of the rising divorce rate, the question then arises: Why get married? Why is marriage important?

As couples get further into their relationship and their love starts to deepen, they start to think about whether or not to take the next step, which is marriage. Figuring out how to handle preparing for talking about marriage, children, finances, in-laws, and other personal problems, can trigger anxiety, worries, and doubts.

 

So, what do couples think about when it comes to taking the next step? 

  • How do I know if we are meant for each other?
  • Is my partner’s value and beliefs aligned with mine?
  • What is the big plan? Do we want children? Where do we want to live?
  • What is the expectation in regard to time spent with extended family?
  • What things do I not know about my partner?

 

So, what things should one start thinking about when it comes to taking that next step?

Tips for Using Your Insurance in Therapy

by Marijane DiCandia

 

tips for using your insurance in therapyJanuary is right around the corner and you may want to make some changes in your insurance plan to give you the flexibility to choose a therapist who you feel is your best fit.  Choosing the best therapist for your individual needs and with whom you feel an easy rapport from the get go can make a very big difference in how successful your therapeutic gains are.  Trusting your therapist is the door to how safe you feel to be yourself, show your issues and feel your deepest feelings.  Connection to your therapist is the gateway to creating deeper connections and closer relationships with the people in your life.