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Column Image Creativity and Mental Health

Did you know that your creative efforts create psychological benefits? Looking back on your childhood, you may have memories about the types of play you once enjoyed. Children use legos, dolls, sandcastles, art, imaginary friends, music, acting, building forts, and the like to explore their imagination and creativity. Whereas children … Continue reading >

Posted in Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Stress, Uncategorized |

Column Image Raising Assertive and Respectful Children

“Confidence is not ‘They will like me.’ Confidence is ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t.’” -Dr. Michele Borba In an era of bullying, we search for the origins of such behavior and wonder about its outcomes. At such times, we might try to understand that aggression is not the same … Continue reading >

Posted in Children, Parenting |

Column Image Do You Suffer from Depression?

Therapy Changes eagerly announces new, innovative treatments for our clients that compliment therapy and help achieve goals more effectively. Our team recently learned of an alternative treatment approach for patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder or MDD. The treatment is called Brainsway Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or dTMS. Therapy Changes … Continue reading >

Posted in Depression, Therapy |

Column Image Creating a Bucket List: What Would You Attempt to Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?

A bucket list doesn’t just happen. It evolves. A bucket list is more than things to see and do in this life. It is an exciting way to set goals and an important method for deciding what you want to achieve in your life, for motivating yourself, and for building … Continue reading >

Posted in Personal Improvement |

Column Image Meaningful Connections

Do you have meaningful connections in your life? Do you feel uplifted after a conversation with a friend? Are interactions with strangers at the store pleasing to you? Humans have a core necessity to connect with others. These lend meaning and happiness to our lives. Reflecting on our daily encounters … Continue reading >

Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement, Stress |

Column Image Self-Compassion

When faced with a stressful situation, we might blame ourselves or judge ourselves negatively. While listening to another person talking about the same stressful situations, we are likely to show more caring and kindness. Why is it so hard to offer the same kindness to ourselves that we so easily … Continue reading >

Posted in Depression, Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Stress |

Column Image How to Get What You Need in a Relationship

We all have needs. We recognize the most basic needs when we feel hungry, tired, or unsafe. These needs have simple solutions that we can accomplish independently. Emotional needs, however, become more complicated when we ask them to be met in a relationship. You may not want to appear needy … Continue reading >

Posted in Relationships, Therapy |

Column Image Writing for Mental and Emotional Well-Being

Some of us enjoy writing. Some of us loathe it. Like any personal affinity or dislike, the process of writing may inspire and resonate with us or we may feel indifferent about it — a task with which we just don’t connect. The reasons we write are different. All of … Continue reading >

Posted in Depression, Personal Improvement, Therapy |

Column Image Getting to Goals in Therapy

You have made the difficult decision to meet with a therapist. But, what will you work on in therapy? What will be the goals of your treatment? Deciding to meet with a therapist for the first time takes strength and courage, especially while experiencing emotional pain and life difficulties. You … Continue reading >

Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Therapy |

Column Image Understanding Adolescence

At this time in my life, I have parents around me with young children in the 2-to-4 year-old range. I’ve been taken by their trials and tribulations while raising increasingly independent beings. I chuckle at the term “threenager,” which describes the emotional and behavioral challenges of that particular age group. … Continue reading >

Posted in Children, Parenting, Teens, Uncategorized |