Personal Improvement for a Healthy Life – Part 3 Communication


Part 3 – Communication I cannot think of a topic that is more important or one that we take for granted more than communication. Specifically, I wanted to discuss interpersonal communication…you know between you and your spouse or kids or even your boss and coworkers. OK, first let’s do a little test. So how many […]

The Stigma Associated with Counseling in the Black Community

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On average, White Americans are two times more likely to go to counseling than their African American counterparts (source). This disparity isn’t only because African Americans believe mental health services are expensive or costly, either. There is a stigma associated with going to therapy in the black community. People view you as “crazy” or “weak” […]

5 Questions to Ask and 4 Questions NOT to Ask to Help You Find the Right Counselor


A number of people never get counseling because they are afraid they won’t get a counselor that helps them. This fear could cost them an opportunity to get the help they need or the opportunity to simply better themselves. Finding a counselor you feel comfortable with can be a daunting task but not a difficult […]

5 Ways to Get Your Friends Off The Couch


Everyone deserves a little relaxation time built into their day. There is, however, a difference between relaxing and being flat out lazy. So what’s the solution to cure this chronic laziness that seems to have hit each of us at some point? Here are a few suggestions to get your friends (and you) off the couch:

It’s All In Your Imagination: How Your Brain Creates False Memories

false memories

Have you ever wondered whether or not the memory you are recalling actually happened? Probably not. We generally trust ourselves to have accurate memories, especially at a young age. But false memories are a phenomenon that no one is completely safe from. Our minds may be powerful, but they’re not always reliable.

The Mystery and Energy Behind Every Touch


Do you and your loved ones need to keep in touch? We don’t like to be touched. You’ve probably heard the term “personal space” and “bubble” being thrown around by friends and strangers. At the same time, we’re all obsessed with the energy of touch, even if we don’t realize it. Affection, for one thing, […]

Wondering how the ACA (Affordable Care Act) Will Affect Mental Health Care?

Mental Health Care Reform Impacts

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Let’s start at the beginning: 2008. The Mental Health Parity Act is signed into law in 2008; it required insurance groups that offer coverage for mental health issues (or substance use disorders) to provide the same level of benefits that they would for general medical treatment (such as […]

Violence in our School Systems


The New Reality for School I love the beginning of fall. School has just begun, with all of the excitement and anticipation it brings. It is like the children’s version of New Year’s Eve, but with all of their promises and resolutions for the new school year. While many of us remember the initial first-day-of-school […]

5 Myths About Mental Illness

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What are some myths and misconceptions about mental illness and health? I have spent most of my childhood and adult life around friends and family who suffer from different types of mental health problems. It took me a long time to realize that not everyone has had these experiences, and I am saddened whenever I […]

5 Ways to Improve Your Memory


This week’s theme  is all about making our minds thrive, so we will first examine ways to improve your memory. No matter what age you are, memorization is an invaluable skill that needs constant care, though we don’t always think much of it. Thankfully, there are numerous ways you can start forming habits that will […]

The Importance of Premarital Counseling

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With nearly half of all marriages ending in divorce, premarital counseling should be sought out when couples are considering getting married (in fact, some states require it for people under 18 years of age). In premarital counseling, couples will learn how to develop the skills to communicate in marriage, identify potential conflict areas, and learn […]

Coping with a Serious Medical Diagnosis – It Takes A Village

Deborah Brigandi

Living day to day, perhaps we assume that tomorrow will be pretty much like today and most of the time it is. We live our lives, which usually involves taking care of our families, going to work, school, making plans with friends, traveling, achieving our goals, engaging our talents and spending time involved in our […]

Embracing Change in Your Life

It never fails. I get to about 3:00 in my day and I am starving. There are several fast food restaurants around and sometimes it’s easy to go grab a burger. I have seen the ads on TV and I know exactly what I want. I set out on a mission to get my hunger […]

3 Types of Music That Can Improve Your Life

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Most of us are aware that music can have a bit of an effect on our emotions. Typically, we use our tunes to foster emotions we already have. If we’re feeling energetic, we like to listen to energetic songs. When we’re upset, we like to listen to mellow melodies and so on. That said, there […]

Is Social Media Healthy For Us?

social media

This discussion comes up quite frequently these days, and as someone who has spent years working in social media marketing, I’ve seen both the good and bad sides of this phenomenon. When I say “social media,” I am referring to the social networks that are becoming more and more prevalent among demographics of all types. […]

4 Ways to Freshen Your Breath

freshen breath

It may sound trivial, but maintaining fresh breath is actually a matter of personal health on top of smelling good. Why? When your breath smells, that’s actually a sign of rotting substances inside your mouth, and no one wants that! So we put together a list of good practices to stick to when it comes […]

4 Meat Brands You Won’t Hate to Love

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A recent beef recall here in the United States has sparked discussion among “meatatarians” like myself concerning what we’re really putting into our bodies when it comes to beef, chicken, and pork. Luckily, we are privileged to live in a time when responsible brands that sell healthy meats are far more plentiful and accessible than […]

4 Apps That Can Make Your Life Better


Our smartphones have become essential little devices and are definitely getting more and more integrated into our daily lives. We use apps for everything: social media, games, news, and sharing pictures. One hidden benefit to them, however, is their ability to actually improve your life across multiple levels, so I did a bit of research […]

5 Tips That Will Improve Your Life (That You Can Do Today)

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Let’s face it. Personal happiness and a healthy body take a lot of work, and it can be difficult just knowing where to start. But that doesn’t mean our well-being has to suffer, as there are simple, effective ways to start improving your life today without paying for an elaborate vacation or buying exercise equipment. […]

Top 5 Ways to Boost Your Confidence

Dr. Joy Harden

Joy Harden-Bradford, Thriveworks Atlanta, was featured in College Lifestyles on how to Boost your Confidence. “A large part of developing confidence is related to creating opportunities in which you can succeed,” -Joy Harden-Bradford, PH.D. Whether its dealing with stress, break-ups or relationship issues, Harden, who is a licensed psychologist, makes it her mission to be your confidant […]

Never be Dehydrated Again with this Aqua-Counting Water Bottle

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  We know we’re supposed to drink 64 ounces of H20 a day (remember, 8×8? drink 8, eight ounce glasses of water a day), but who carries around an 8 ounce glass with them everywhere? Even Nalgene and Camelback toting liquidifiles, there’s just no easy way to know if you’re slamming back your daily requisite […]

Definition of a Mental Disorder According to the DSM 5

During the era of the DSM-IV, the definition of mental disorder was: “Clinically significant behavioral or psychological or biological syndromes that are associated with present distress, disability, or significant impairment in important areas of functioning” However, the DSM 5 has added to this definition the following criteria. “Must draw concern from others in a relational, […]

A Counselor’s Lesson from Adolescence: Not Suppressing What You Need

Life Lessons from an Amusement Park As we approached the ride’s bright red, blue, and yellow sign – promising we would experience thrills and amazement – the wait time counter moved from 30 to 50 minutes. We took a few moments to decide if it would be worth our wait and quickly jumped into the […]

Why Bodywork: When Talking Is Not Enough

Freud didn’t have to be a genius to discover his famous “talking cure.” Women have known about the value of talking it out for hundreds, if not thousands of years. In times of trouble, it is not uncommon for both men and women to turn to their closest friends for help. Mostly what we seek […]

Caring for Elderly Parents: 6 Tips from a Counselor on Surviving the Emotional Roller Coaster

Kim Cartwright

Over the course of the last year, something has become abundantly clear to me. My parents are getting old and they need my help. My mother and father are 78 and 79 respectively. Until recently, their age has been just a number. They have always been strong and healthy. They have always been fiercely independent. […]