The CARE System for Difficult World Events

Sep 1, 2016

Coping with terrorism and violence in the news   With all the issues facing our world today, I've had more clients than ever before seeking help to manage stress from things like terrorism, police shootings, or other acts of violence.  I applaud people who are able to recognize this stress and want to face it in a constructive and healthy way.  It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable and share that current events are making you f [ + ]

How to Manage Changes and Transitions Successfully!

"The only thing that is constant is change."   -Heraclitus, 500 B.C.E     Life is Full of Changes and Transitions Have you ever heard the saying, “The only thing that is constant thing is change”?  It was said first by Heraclitus, about 2500 years ago- yet it still rings true today.  Whether you’re relocating to a new city, finding or ending a relationship, or navigating a promotion or other job change, life is challenging you t [ + ]

The Path to Mindfulness Part 3: Emotion and Thought Awareness

Jan 26, 2016

  Mindfulness Gives Us Perspective on Thoughts and Emotions  Mindfulness of thoughts and emotions gives us a “bird's eye view” of what’s happening with ourselves and facilitates healthier perspective-taking.  Issues are more manageable when we can observe them rather than just experiencing them without any sense of perspective.   Real-world examples of mindfulness and management of thoughts/emotions A simple example of b [ + ]

How to Survive the Holiday Season With Your Family

Dec 13, 2015

The holiday season is here, and while this can be a wonderful and joyous time it can also come with plenty of stress. For many people, family dynamics can contribute to anxiety about holiday gatherings, but the beauty of this type of stress is that it can be planned for. These predictable stressors allow us to fill our tool belts with the necessary items for managing holiday interactions before any difficulties are met. The thing with family [ + ]

Carmichael Psychology’s Check-In Program – Keeping Therapy Fresh and Engaging

Measuring progress in therapy requires an objective analysis of the big picture. When new clients book a visit with me because they’re considering a switch from their current therapist, one of the most common reasons they offer for switching is that they have “gotten into a rut.” Their first few sessions went really well and they talked a lot about goals, but then somehow it drifted away from an organized pursuit of those goals and got int [ + ]

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