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How to Make New Year’s Resolutions that Stick

January 15, 2017 in Psychology

By Dr. Jennifer Richardson - - Every year we get swept into the excitement of the potential a new year can bring. All the changes we want to make in life somehow get shelved until this annual turning point—New Year’s Day. If you long to make changes in your life but find that you never follow through with your lofty January goals, I’d like you to consider a new way of implementing change. Let’s look at three common New Year’s Resolutions, how they usually fail, and what you can do to make them actually succeed.


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Coping with Holiday Stress

February 27, 2016 in Holiday Coping

Coping with Holiday Stress By Dr. Jill Langer While the holidays are something many of us look forward to and enjoy, they are also a source of increased stress and anxiety. The challenges of managing time, family obligations, expectations, and money are all heightened under the hopes and pressures of celebrating the season.


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Radical Acceptance

January 15, 2017 in Stress and Coping

By Valerie Siegman - - Radical acceptance was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in her quest to answer the question; why do some people get destroyed by suffering and other people grow through suffering? Dr. Linehan studied and researched saints, holocaust survivors, survivors of torture in South America and people who had experienced abject rejection. Those who grew despite adversity somehow seemed to find a way to radically accept that suffering had come. They seemed to accept whatever moment they were in. She named this learned ability “Radical Acceptance” because it had a deep, committed quality to that acceptance.


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Plan Ahead to Avoid Holiday Stress

February 27, 2016 in Holiday Coping

Plan Ahead to Avoid Holiday Stress By Dr. Susan Rarick The holiday season is upon us. While these can be fun times with lots of nostalgia and quality family interactions, they can also be filled with stress. One of the best ways to cope with this is to take a preventative approach. For example, if you experience stress about whether or not to buy a gift for someone, why not ask the person ahead of time if you will be exchanging gifts with each other? Or better yet, try making a suggestion about what you could do to celebrate the occasion and honor your relationship.


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Mindfulness

January 15, 2017 in Stress and Coping

By Dr. Jenn Tickal - - Mindfulness involves acceptance and awareness and is useful in many areas of life. One can learn types of meditation and learn how to focus on a specific object, sound, movement, etc. For example, looking around the room that you are in at this moment, find one object and continue to visually explore this object for several minutes...thinking only of the object and its various qualities.


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Can There Be Forgiveness in the Wake of Betrayal?

February 27, 2016 in Couples

Can There Be Forgiveness in the Wake of Betrayal? By Dr. Jeanne Peterson When a loved one has deeply hurt us, it is sometimes difficult to imagine that forgiveness can take place. Hurts within intimate family relationships can take many forms - such as relapsing in an addiction after promising recovery, having an emotional or physical affair outside the relationship, lying about substantive issues, stealing or using money without consent, emotionally neglecting a partner in a moment of critical need, and many more.


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What Do Five Decades of Research Have to Say About Spanking?

June 14, 2016 in Parenting

By Dr. Gina Zuccolo - - Spanking, defined as an open-handed hit on an individual’s behind or limbs, is sometimes a form a discipline used by parents in attempts to correct a child’s behavior or increase the child’s compliance to rules. A recent analysis of 50 years of research on spanking has shown that spanking actually has the opposite impact on children than what parents hope or intend.


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Could Your Older Loved One Be Addicted To Their Prescription Medications?

February 27, 2016 in Psychology

Could Your Older Loved One Be Addicted To Their Prescription Medications? By Dr. Chris Berrios When you think of drug addiction, seniors are not the first age group that comes to mind. Even for medical providers, older adults do not fit the picture of a drug abuser. So more often than not, providers don’t suspect an addiction problem and may give seniors easy access to prescription drugs. Over time, it is possible to develop a tolerance to certain drugs and require more of that drug to achieve the same effect. Many seniors take a large number of prescription medications. In most cases, prescriptions improve the lives of elderly people - from lowering blood pressure to easing chronic pain. However, due to many different factors (multiple doctors, cognitive impairments, lack of family supervision, multiple medical conditions, frailty, and many more) seniors can develop a dependency on their prescription medications.


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The Benefits of Exercise in Reducing Depression

June 14, 2016 in Women and Wellness

by Dr. Jennifer Richardson - - In a research study by Lynette Craft and Frank Pertna (2004) that was published in the Primary Care Companion Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the benefits of exercise for individuals who were clinically depressed was reviewed across 37 independent studies


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TUNING IN THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

February 27, 2016 in Holiday Coping

TUNING IN THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS By Dr. Jennifer Richardson With the holidays nearing and reunification with family and friends fast approaching, there is much to look forward to and prepare for. However, as the kids and we are shuffled from city to city and holiday party after holiday party, there are ample opportunities for the holidays to become a source of stress. Staying in tune with how we are feeling, what we are thinking, and what we need for ourselves and from others is especially important during these times. While spending time reconnecting with family and friends can be rejuvenating and fun, it can also start to feel a bit overwhelming or exhausting if too much is piled into our schedules all at once. Maintaining a balance of quality experiences versus quantity of experiences may be important to consider as the holiday party RSVP’s are coming closer.


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Improving Mood By Building Experiences of Mastery

June 14, 2016 in Stress and Coping

by Dr. Jennifer Richardson - - Are you someone who is struggling to find enjoyment in your day to day routine? Or perhaps you may be someone who feels increasingly “stuck” or unhappy? Maybe your energy level and motivation has decreased and you find that you have become increasingly isolated from friends and family whom you used to enjoy spending time with? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions and have felt this way for a few weeks or longer, then keep reading and follow these suggestions to begin to improve your mood.


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Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Rest

February 27, 2016 in Stress and Coping

Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Rest By Dr. Richardson Are you someone who frequently tosses and turns for hours at a time trying to get to sleep? Or, are you someone who falls asleep quickly and then wakes up in the middle of the night and cannot get back to sleep again? Individuals who have struggled to get a good night’s rest over a lengthy period of time can attest that lack of sleep really affects how you function and feel the following day. Oftentimes, those who do not get enough rest, experience decreased energy, fatigue throughout the day, increased irritability, decreased focus and concentration, and sometimes increased feelings of depression and/or anxiety. The good news is that there are several strategies you can learn to help you rest and get the sleep you know is so important to your well-being and optimal daily functioning.


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Adjusting Your Lens

June 14, 2016 in Psychology

by Dr. Jenn Tickal - - Are you often finding yourself thinking thoughts such as “I have to be right all the time or else I am a failure?” or “I did a good job… I guess I just got lucky?” Sometimes our thoughts can play a key role in how we interpret events, our emotions, and even our behaviors. Understanding these often “automatic” thought patterns can be an important piece that allows us to look at the lens through which we view the world. If you find your lens is a bit “Eeyorish,” then maybe it is time to start looking at things a bit more objectively. Here are some tips to help transform those thoughts from stifling to inspiring.


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Adult coloring books: What’s the all the hype about?

February 27, 2016 in Stress and Coping

Adult coloring books: What’s the all the hype about? By Dr. Gina Zuccolo Adult coloring books have gained much attention and popularity within the past year or so. A quick internet search will yield numerous options available for purchase that include intricate, delicate, and sometimes complex patterns and drawings awaiting the addition of color. So what do we know about coloring and its impact on adults?


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The Quiet Power of Acceptance

June 14, 2016 in Stress and Coping

By Dr. Jill Langer - - A wise mentor once told me “People come to therapy when they have an unsolvable problem that must be solved.” Can you relate to this dilemma? At one time or another in our lives, we all struggle with something that causes us difficulty or suffering and that does not yield itself to being solved, at least not in any way we can find. Common struggles include our relationships, family, career or school, health, weight, feelings, anxiety, and insomnia, to name a few.


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Humor and Coping

February 27, 2016 in Stress and Coping

Humor & Coping By Dr. Jeanne Peterson It seems like humor is an invaluable aid to maintaining our mental health. It’s popular theory that having a good sense of humor and being able to laugh about life’s ups and downs is good for our souls if not all our major bodily organs and our social lives. But why? And what about bad jokes – is all humor created equal?


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Our hearts go out to victims and families of the Orlando shootings

June 12, 2016 in Group


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Eat Like You Mean It! The Secret to Using Food to Enhance Your Health

February 27, 2016 in Women and Wellness

Eat Like You Mean It! The Secret to Using Food to Enhance Your Health by Dr. Jill Langer I’d like to share with you a powerful skill that will impact your health and well-being virtually the moment you begin using it. It will cost you nothing but your time, attention, and patience. I know, that last one can be a real challenge! But as with all things, practice is the key to developing positive changes. The skill is mindful eating. It entails bringing our attention and awareness to the process of eating.


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TBCRP is growing with a second location!

May 25, 2016 in Group


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She Just Likes to Daydream

February 27, 2016 in Parenting

She Just Likes to Daydream By Dr. Chris Berrios Consider the following scenario: Jane is a bright well-behaved 4th grader whose academic work is just about on grade level. She chooses to sit in the back of the classroom and much of the time she’s doodling in her notebook. When asked to complete a written assignment, Jane works diligently at first, but then she becomes easily distracted by noise outside the window and loses track of her assignment. The unfinished work then gets stuffed into her messy backpack and is rediscovered several weeks later. Now take Johnny, a bright 4th grader who has trouble remaining seated. He is always fidgeting with his pencils and anything else on his desk. He shouts out answers and constantly interrupts his teacher with comments and requests to go to the bathroom. Johnny’s academic work is less than expected for his age and capabilities. Who do you think is more likely to be referred for an evaluation?


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