Coping with the News of a Mass Shooting: Fighting Fear with Love

October 3, 2017

Waking up in the aftermath of a tragedy is jarring. This morning, I reached for my phone alarm, but before I could press snooze, I was startled by the number of texts from my friends and family. A CNN alert proclaimed a mass shooting. I sat up immediately, shaken from my sleepy fog. Again? Las…

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Navigating Difficult Family Dynamics During the Holidays

November 20, 2014

No matter how old we are, how successful we are in life, or how experienced we are in dealing with relationships, the stress of holiday get-togethers can be a challenge. During this time of year, it’s a good idea to have some strategies in place for coping with the difficult moments so that you can…

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Countdown to Kindergarten-5 Easy Steps to Ease the Transition

So, your young child has graduated from pre-school and will soon be attending Kindergarten. Or perhaps your child did not attend pre-school and they are preparing for their first significant block of time away from you. First of all, Congratulations Mom and Dad! You have shepherded your child through their early developmental years. For some…

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Ebola Outbreak: Managing Our Fears

Managing fear and anxiety at home in the shadow of the Ebola epidemic abroad can be a daunting task for some. Many people in the U.S. live with compromised immune systems and fear contagious diseases which can be devastating and possibly fatal. This recent Washington Times article may explain some of the reasons why fear…

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Thoughts on Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth. Mothers who experience postpartum depression may have feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, or exhaustion, and for up to 1 in 7 new moms, it may interfere with daily activities that include caring for themselves and others. It is critical that the general public…

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Getting Unstuck with EMDR

August 20, 2012

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR, has helped millions of people find relief from distress and misery over the last 20+ years, but I’m still amazed that it is often unknown and misunderstood. In my clinical practice, I’ve found it to be the most effective therapeutic modality that I use to help clients, whether I’m…

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Filling Our Time With What Matters Most

One of my clients recently came in and expressed his feelings of overwhelm. He felt overcommitted at work, stressed at home, and generally confused. He said that he didn’t feel that there was any time left for him. I reminded him that to stay in balance, we can only give from the overflow. And I…

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The Shortest Self-Help Book You’ll Ever Need

June 6, 2011

Life keeps presenting us with a choice between anxiety and depression. Choose anxiety; it passes. Depression hangs on. The anxiety is apprehension over breaking with routine ways of behaving and relating. When we break out of ruts, that anxiety passes. When we give in to routine out of fear, we feel helpless and that leads…

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Incorporating EMDR into my therapy practice

May 30, 2011

A Personal History of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing at Council for Relationships by Senior Staff Therapist Michael D’Antonio.  From ancient times, Europeans searched for a specific missing ingredient for their cuisine: an acidic base for sauces. They tried pomegranates, then cranberries: with mixed success. Finally, the New World yielded up the tomato. We all…

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