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Trying to be Perfect Can Have a Negative Impact on Mental Health

It’s physically and emotionally healthy to want to achieve and succeed. Having a good education, a satisfying job, vibrant health, friends, family, home, community activities and vacations are among the many things that add up to a good life. Some people, however, tend to confuse high standards and achievable goals with perfectionism. Perhaps a partner […]

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Coping with Unemployment Anxiety

Unemployment Linked to Anxiety and Depression Jamie, age 45, is by all measures a talented and hard-working person. He has earned multiple graduate degrees and amassed much professional expertise. Yet Jamie finds himself unemployed, with no immediate job-prospects. He is surprised to find himself in this position in mid-life, and has been experiencing feelings of anxiety […]

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Help for Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety Disorder is the third most common psychiatric illness, and depending on the definition one uses- the incidence is believed to be anywhere from 5 to 13 percent of the population in the United States suffer from it in their lifetime. What is Social Anxiety? Social Anxiety manifests in various ways some of which […]

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Control: The Anti-Happy

I recently read this passage in Pema Chodron’s “When Things Fall Apart” and couldn’t help but see myself, and many of my clients, needing the lesson in Pema’s words: “We think that if we just meditated enough or jogged enough or ate perfect food, everything would be perfect. But from the point of view of […]

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Stress vs. Anxiety Disorders

Coping with everyday worries is part of life, at times annoying and distracting, but something millions contend with as they move through the rhythm of work, family and activity. Stress and worry can be positive when they help motivate us to achieve goals, meet deadlines, and prepare for future events.  However, when the stress response […]

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Listening to the Body

The body says what words cannot. -Martha Graham “My head is spinning”, “stand on your own two feet”, “bite your tongue”, “pain in the neck” – These are but a few turn of phrases in our language in which we use body parts to describe an emotion. It is no coincidence that we use these […]

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What Do I Know Anyway?

There are many times that I sit with clients who are stuck, living with anxiety, depression or just feel like they don’t know how to move forward. The ongoing narrative in their head tells them a story that keeps them in that place. They tell me that they don’t know what to do and are […]

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