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Using “Safety Signals” To Cope With Anxiety

Coping with anxiety is not an easy task, and having a variety of tools at your disposal is helpful. From managing anxiety in the moment to confronting it in a therapy session – a path to a more peaceful life exists. A new study shows that finding and using a tool called a “safety signal”…

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Self-Compassion and Self-Acceptance at the Root of Self-Care

When it comes to finding solutions and inspiration when managing your mental health, it is important to remember that wisdom lies in many different areas. In this article from the New York Times, Buddhist teacher Haemin Sunim shares his ideas on relieving stress. ACCA counselor, Tracy Morris, highlights that “…through the lens of compassion, ‘imperfection’ is beautiful…

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Addressing Perfectionism

Wanting to do your best isn’t a fault, but the way that you respond to coming up short can be problematic. Perfectionism is becoming more rampant in individuals of all ages, sometimes leading to serious mental health issues. This Vox article provides an excellent overview of the issue with links to further information and studies….

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Handling Triggers – A Blogger Shares Her Experience

There are lots of ways that individuals can work with and through traumatic experiences, and every practitioner will have his or her own methods for helping individuals find healing. One woman shares her story and the method that has helped her work through some of her past traumas. ACCA counselor Tracy Morris appreciates the simplicity…

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Psychologists Offer Binge-Watch Recommendations for your Holiday

Self-care isn’t always yoga and meditation. Especially around the holidays when extra friends and family members may pair with additional time off from work (hopefully), sometimes gathering around the television with loved ones is an excellent opportunity to recharge and make memories. For others, escaping to a back bedroom with a tablet or phone to…

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Norway’s Secret: Enjoying a Long Winter

How do Norwegians endure their long winter? In many cases, they simply “refuse to participate in the Misery Olympics.” This article from Fast Company discusses how focusing on the positive aspects of chilly weather promotes a mindset shift that allows residents to celebrate winter.

Therapy and Your Insurance Benefits

Health consumers are rarely informed by insurance companies about this very important point. A frank and honest discussion from a mental healthcare professional about your insurance benefits and why many choose not to accept insurance.  Read the article here. ACCA counselors believe that you have a right to options regarding your mental healthcare and provide…

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The Psychological Side of Pain

Counselor Skeetz Edinger calls this article from Psychology Today “Important Stuff.” He notes that when issues of emotion or psychology are brought into the discussion on pain, people can become very defensive as they feel they’re being told they’re imagining their pain or making it up. While we don’t imagine our physical pain, that doesn’t…

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How to Heal When You’ve Been Wronged

We know life can be hard for anyone, right? We’re not expecting all the usual pain of regular life to bypass us — why should we be spared when everyone has to suffer somewhere along the line? But… sometimes things happen that feel like Just.Too.Much. and we might find ourselves stuck in Blame Mode. Blaming…

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Idea: Talking to Strangers Might Boost Your Happiness

Thoughtfully teaching young children about “stranger danger” is a necessity for safety. But do we take the idea too far? I think so, and so do these researchers who are looking at how, actually, talking to strangers is good for us. There’s another link on that webpage that will play an interview with the researcher, Nicholas…

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