Author: Diane Chrestman

Coping with mental health concerns

  Life is sometime very difficult and we find our normal patterns of coping are no longer working. Counseling helps individuals recognize the emotional, thinking and behavioral patterns that make us feel stuck so that you can respond to those difficult periods and a wiser, more compassionate and adaptive manner. Authentic-Life Counseling is committed to […]

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Video Counseling Now Available at Authentic Life Counseling

Authentic-Life Counseling, recognizes the importance of balancing community wellness with continuity of care for existing and new clients. To meet the needs of our clients video counseling and phone counseling are now available. Video counseling and phone counseling are an alternative to face to face session in the office. The challenges we are facing during […]

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Mindfulness Is Much More Than Present Moment Awareness.

It is rather unfortunate that mindfulness has become trendy. The watered-down definition I hear most often is that mindfulness is awareness of the present moment. Mindfulness does indeed encompass present moment awareness as opposed to thinking about the past or worrying about the future. But by that definition, one could say that a shoplifter is […]

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Family Alienation: When Your Family Makes You the Enemy

Family alienation is a far-to-common occurrence in the modern family. The destructive and devastating, family alienation occurs when one person in the family becomes the enemy and is wrongly blamed as the root cause of family problems. The family member who is alienated might be a parent, child, grandparent or spouse. Family alienation is more […]

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I Endorse Buddhist Psychology

Buddhism – Religion or Psychology Theory? Psychology theories provide explanations of emotional and cognitive patterns to predict the trajectory of “normal” mental health development. After enough data has been collected and analyzed, reliable-ish predictions can be made about “normal” developmental patterns. After a consensus is reached on what constitutes  “normal” and “abnormal” behavior,  clusters of […]

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