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Therapy Blog For Mental Health & Wellness

Welcome to our mental health and wellness blog. Here you will learn about different types of therapy, treatment options, and other relevant information. Diane is dedicated to bringing you the latest news in mental health and wellness. Keep checking this page for the most up to date information to help you live your most healthy and authentic life.

Surviving Christmas in a Dysfunctional Family

Visions of the perfect story-book holiday is a particularly difficult idea for many people.  Surviving Christmas in dysfunctional families requires us to pull out all the tools we have learned in therapy so that we are not triggered by mal-adaptive thinking and emotional patterns.  Let This Dose of Encouragement Strengthen You You have probably survived […]

Anxiety Treatment

Top 5 Approaches Although anxiety is classified as mood disorder, there are physical and cognitive (thinking) patterns that maintain the condition. Effective anxiety treatment not only addresses the anxious mood, but also the physical and cognitive aspects that support the anxiety. At Authentic-Life Counseling, anxiety treatment utilizes traditional Western medicine and non-traditional Eastern healing techniques.  […]

Mindful Consumption

I started my journey of mindful consumption almost 10 years ago after reading the following words by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. “When I drink my tea mindfully, I can see the universe in my tea.” I had no understanding of what the words meant. At best, I was only able to sense a profoundly […]

Mindful Christmas Shopping

Of all the clinical interventions that I might use, I find mindfulness to be one of the most effective for clients. Using Mindfulness vs. not, is akin to using a navigation system or not. Mindfulness is a constant gentle awareness of where we are and where we are going. It prevents us from getting lost. […]

Your Mental Health and the 2016 Presidential Election

 The Connection Between Your Mental Health and the 2016 Presidential Election There seems to be a new issue in the offices of many psychotherapist around the country.  People are coming to therapy to discuss the connection between their mental health and the 2017 Presidential election.  People are reporting a mental health decline since the election, marked by […]

What Is The Best Time Of Day To Meditate?

As a psychotherapist, I offer clients skills which promote emotional and mental well-being.  If I could give my clients one gift, it would be that they learn to meditate . For new students, practical questions such as what is the best time to meditate are important. “If I could give my clients one gift, it would be a regular meditation practice. ”  Find a […]

Ninja Ego

  The Ninja Ego The ego. An elusive but dominating force. It sneaks up on us and takes control of our thoughts, words, and behaviors in a wink of an eye. I have had many discussions with clients, friends and family about the importance of understanding one’s ego.  I have been trying to understand mine for […]

Is Watching the News Stressing You Out?

Images in the news of  police violence, racial tension, domestic and international terrorist attacks, and a divisive Presidential Election are constantly streaming. These images become part of our conscious mind. The result is that  Watching the news is having a negative affect on our mental health. I have noticed relationships between family and friends straining […]

Energy Psychology Named Evidenced Based Treatment

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently recognized Thought Field Therapy, a prequel of energy psychology, as an evidenced based treatment in mental health. This is a big deal particularly to those seeking a holistic approach with minimal side-effects in mental health therapy. Who Cares ?? As a branch of the Department […]

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 […]

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 […]

Social Anxiety Disorder

Feeling a lack of confidence in certain social situations is “normal”. Conditions such as who is in the room, how many are in the room, location, and activity are all factors that can influence our comfort level. Perhaps we feel invisible around the extrovert who commands a room in any social situation with funny stories […]

3 Tips to Change Negative Thoughts

As I walked downstairs early one morning to fix tea, for no apparent reason one negative thought after another arouse in my mind in rapid fire succession. I had just woken up, slept well and with every step I took I was negative, critical and judgmental. “My kitchen is so ugly.  The cabinets are filthy.  […]

The Pillars of Mindfulness

It is rather unfortunate that mindfulness has become trendy. The watered-down definition of mindfulness, that I hear most often is “awareness of the present moment”. Mindfulness does indeed encompass present moment awareness. Which of course is in contrast to directing our attention to the past or future. But if present moment awareness is all there […]

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 […]

The Link Between Aging And Feelings Of Loss Of Control

As we age, the feeling that we are in control of our lives often diminishes. There are many choices we make that don’t seem significant in our day-to-day lives until we lose the ability to make them on our own.  In addition, changes to our physical, mental, and emotional state can cause us to feel […]

Taking Care Of Myself

I have a confession to make! I have been a hypocrite. Not intentionally. I could make excuses, but none of them would not be honest. My confession is…………… I have not been doing my homework. I have not been taking care of myself. I apologize and confess because I know I have pushed, encouraged and […]

Stress In Seniors

Too much stress can be bad for anyone, but safeguarding against the impact of stress for seniors is particularly important. Identifying signs of stress in seniors and taking action to reduce that stress can be critical to their mental, emotional, and physical health. How Stress Affects Seniors While frequent stress isn’t beneficial for anyone, it […]

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