5 Ways to Strengthen Family Connections

  We are all busy and distracted. It’s easy to let family relationships slide. Here are 5 ways to strengthen family connections and improve relationships. 1. Have Fun: Spend time having a good time together. Generate a list of activities you enjoy as a family or new activities you’d like to try. These can be as simple as a bike ride or […]

Depression Busting

Depression Busting

Depression Busting by Sharon Martin, LCSW Depression is a very common disease in the United States. The good news is that it’s very treatable. People do recover from depression and/or keep their symptoms manageable. Many do well with a combination of medication, cognitive, and behavioral strategies. A therapist can help you change your negative thoughts and feelings (the cognitive part). […]

Top 5 Ways to Help your Teenager Succeed in Therapy

Helping Your Teenager Succeed in Therapy by Sharon Martin, LCSW As a parent or guardian, you are key to whether your teenager benefits from counseling. Teenagers still depend on their parents for practical, financial, and emotional support. Here are the top five ways that you can support your child in therapy. 5. Make the appointment a priority (driving, paying). If […]

How to Journal

I often suggest that my clients learn how to journal. Writing down thoughts can help process feelings, vent negative emotions, and reinforce positive feelings. It provides a “holding place” for your thoughts and feelings so you can temporarily get them off your mind, sort them out, and come back to them. It’s useful for: Anxiety Stress Depression Anger Grief OCD Insomnia […]

How do you engage adolescents in counseling?

Unlike adults, adolescents don’t usually initiate counseling on their own. They are usually brought to counseling because their parents want them to change. So, how do you engage a teenager in the therapeutic process?  Fortunately, I find most teens are receptive to the idea of counseling and some are downright grateful for the opportunity. However, your child doesn’t need to […]

Why won't my loved one stop using drugs and alcohol? #substanceabuse #addiction #codependency

Why won’t my loved one stop using drugs and alcohol?

    What is addiction? If your loved one continues to use drugs or alcohol despite negative consequences (marital problems, problems at work or school, DUI, financial or health problems), s/he is likely physically and emotionally dependent. This means that the body and brain will react with a strong, negative response if they don’t continue to use substances. If you’ve never been […]

Assertive Ways to Handle Anger (Anger Managment Part 2)

As I wrote in part 1 of this anger management series, anger is not inherently good or bad. Our goal is to learn assertive ways to handle anger, rather than aggressive. Many people tend to primarily operate as either passive or aggressive and fail to utilize the middle ground: assertive. When you are too passive, you are a “doormat”. You let everyone […]

What is Anger? (Anger Management Part 1)

Anger management is a common reason for seeking counseling whether you’re a teen or adult, man or woman, wealthy or just getting by. In other words, it’s a common struggle for Americans and you are not alone. First, anger is not inherently bad. All emotions are important cues to understanding ourselves and responding to our surroundings. Anger can let you […]