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10 Tips for Helping a Loved One Cope with Illness Anxiety

By Anda Jines, MS, LCPC Download The PDF If you care about someone who is struggling with illness anxiety, there are several things you can to do to help them. 1) Encourage their participation in treatment. Illness anxiety, or “Illness Anxiety Disorder,” is not a hoax. It is a real diagnosis. Formerly called “hypochondriasis” or […]

Moving Toward Mindful – On living a spirited, authentic, and lucid life

By Joan French, MA, NCC, LCPC Mindfulness is an exciting movement which is capturing the attention of many who work in the field of mental health and holistic health treatment. The definition, according to The Greater Good website is: “Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness […]

On Avoiding Possession OVERLOAD

By Joan French LCPC NCC You might be familiar with the term ‘Affluenza’. It isn’t a diagnosis the APA recognizes in its manual of psychological disorders, and to be clear – it is not a recognized illness. It’s been referred to as a ‘junk science’ term, and has gained recent recognition as a topical ‘buzzword’ […]

Cultivating Confidence and Strong Self-Esteem

By Joan French LCPC NCC Merriam-Webster online defines self-esteem as, “a feeling of having respect for yourself and your abilities; a confidence and satisfaction with oneself.” I defer to this definition. I’m sure most of us are pretty familiar with what this is. But how do we feel content with ourselves? Here are five tips […]

Tips for Taming That Temper

By Joan French LCPC, NCC Anger is a normal emotion, and is usually one we feel when we sense we have been hurt or threatened. When we get angry we are looking to be heard, to get our needs met, or to solve a problem. Positive expression of anger can be an indicator of healthy […]

Getting Happy – What happiness research can tell us

What Positive Psychology and researchers found about happiness is very interesting. In this blog post I would like to highlight some of the major findings.