Do You have Depression or “SAD”?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression affects one in ten adults, making it one of the most common mental illnesses in America. Seasonal Affective Disorder (“SAD”) is a special kind of depression where symptoms only occur during seasons having less available daylight; symptoms dissipate when daylight becomes longer. SAD is most common in places where there are long winter nights with less daylight hours available during the winter months. If you have experienced this kind […]

Reducing Stress: Was it one of your new year’s resolutions?

About one out of three (32%) of Americans report that “Reducing Stress” is one of their goals for 2012, according to a survey done by American Psychological Association. Nearly 20% of Americans had reducing stress as one of their goals previous year also. Why is so hard to reduce stress? More importantly, what causes stress & what can we do about it? Many people think of stress as being caused by something that is outside of them. Work, traffic, difficult […]

Irreconcilable Differences: What Can You Do About Them?

One of the commonly used causes for divorce is “irreconcilable differences.”  As expected, when people come to counseling for their relationship troubles, most are distressed about the differences between them.  They would typically highlight the issues and problems that they disagree on: “She is a slob…I like to my house to be neat and orderly”  “He is a ladder climber (only focused on achieving success)… To me, there are more important things in life.”  “He does not have any ambitions […]

How Does Psychotherapy Work?

If you are considering psychotherapy or counseling and feel intimidated or daunted by the prospect of going to see someone, you are not alone. Many people feel that way. I myself felt that way before I first tried psychotherapy many years ago. Perhaps you have emotional, behavioral or relational difficulties that you may have wanted to talk to someone about. Maybe someone you know has recommended that you try counseling or psychotherapy. Why should anyone consider psychotherapy? How does it […]