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 [ + ]

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The Path to Mindfulness Part 1: Mindful Awareness

Jan 5, 2016

Before I became a clinical psychologist I was a certified yoga teacher, so I have been studying mindfulness for years. The field of psychology has recently begun embracing the concept of mindfulness, and these days it’s common to hear the term being thrown around outside of mental health and wellness contexts. I consider mindfulness to be a crucial tool both inside and outside of therapy, but I find that many people don’t fully understand [ + ]

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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 [ + ]

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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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