Asking for help by Sharon Martin, LCSW

Asking for Help: It’s Hard

Asking for Help: It’s Hard by Sharon Martin, LCSW Have you been thinking about trying counseling? Have friends or family members suggested you see a counselor? What’s keeping you from asking for help? I very often see people who have been suffering for a long time before finally deciding to come to therapy. Let’s take a look at some of the […]

Book Review Attached

Book Review: Attached

This article contains affiliate links. Purchasing through my link supports this blog and doesn’t cost you anything!   I recently read the book Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help You Find and Keep Love and it immediately became one of my most recommended books.   Attachment Theory that’s easy to apply The authors, Amir […]

Break Free From Codependency

Break Free from Codependency

Break Free from Codependency At the heart of codependency is a lack of valuing one’s self. People who are codependent value others more than themselves and this contributes to relationship problems. Their lives revolve around helping, fixing or saving others at their own expense. Relationships become very unbalanced.

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 […]