The Importance of Patience & Self-Forgiveness During the Holiday Season to Counteract Anxiety

As the holidays season approaches, therapists and clients alike mentally prepare for a change in the direction their therapy sessions might take. During this session, patience and self-forgiveness become ever more crucial when focusing on maintaining a healthy mental state and  limiting anxiety. The holiday season is notorious for causing stress and anxiety, but it […]

7 Gifts You Give To Yourself While Giving To Another

Opening vividly-wrapped packages of varying sizes and shapes can be exhilarating and  festive.  That is typically what gift-giving is like for most of us.  But there are gifts that you can receive while you are giving usually without the pretty wrapping.  The following are some that would fit in an envelope:   Theater tickets for […]

Why Are Holidays So Difficult For So Many People?

The two main reasons are: 1) Past holidays were unpleasant (especially while we were growing up) so each one reminds us of past ones. This is often based on Hollywood glamorizing family life making us think we are missing that perfect happy family who hugs, kisses, talks gayly and caringly with each other and gives […]

Thanksgiving Thoughts

By Terry Hefter, LCPC The first thing we think about is the turkey, right? Or, maybe the family togetherness? For some it’s the historical value that makes this day special. For many the essential feature of this holiday is the spiritual overtone. These people give thanks for the food on the table — not only […]

Mother’s Day Thoughts

What most mothers want from their children is a showing of affection. A nice extra is an expression of appreciation. But most children take their mothers for granted. It’s just expected by them that parents supply needs and wants to their children. So all that immense time, effort, money, and sacrifice is something a mother […]

Increase Your Fun At Holiday Parties

Are you stressed out by upcoming holiday parties? If you answer “yes” to any of the following you may be able to  use the suggestions below. Do you look forward to any holiday gatherings with DREAD? Do you sometimes think about canceling out on these events (or actually do so) or do you arrive late […]