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Archive for the ‘Chronic Illness Management’ Category

Managing the Holidays

Managing the Holidays

Another holiday season is upon us and you may be wondering why you’re feeling down, stressed and grouchy when you ‘should’ be cheerful and celebrating. The holidays can be a double edged sword when it’s focus is on the tradition, the presentation, potential financial strain, obligations with […]

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Chronic Illness, Loss and Grieving

Chronic Illness, Loss and Grieving

When chronic illness occurs so can a parallel process of looking at all the things that changed or what may change due to it. Many of these losses may seem minor to an outside person like giving up a particular food, drink or activity. Other times it […]

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Using Your Senses to Change Your Mood: Hearing

Using Your Senses to Change Your Mood: Hearing

As humans we are gifted with 5 amazing senses that work with the brain to process and interpret our environment. Our thoughts can often get stuck on a gerbil wheel, constantly repeating and reinforcing the thought, mood or feeling that we have. Usually the the items on […]

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Finding Your Personal Patterns: Taking note of the ‘whats’ and the ‘whens’

Finding Your Personal Patterns: Taking note of the ‘whats’ and the ‘whens’

                        When there is a new diagnosis, it can be a life-changing event that can feel like it’s a constant beat down. All the changes, all the adjustments and emotions are exhausting and can feel unrelenting. […]

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Coping with Mental and Physical Aspects of Chronic Illness on GoodTherapy.org

Coping with Mental and Physical Aspects of Chronic Illness on GoodTherapy.org

I am very proud to share my first published article on Coping with Mental and Physical Aspects of Chronic Illness GoodTherapy.org’s blog.

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Coping with Chronic Illness Group September 2014

I am accepting referrals for the 12 week Coping with Chronic Illness group cycle located in West Hollywood for September 2014. Groups will consist of 4-6 individuals in each age range 18-33yo and 34yo-onward, who are dealing with a chronic, non-life threatening illness, either physical or mental […]

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All Thoughts Aren’t Reality

All Thoughts Aren’t Reality

Everyday there are thousands of thoughts that cross the mind. It is easy to take some of these for granted since we don’t pay attention to every single one of them. While we have many thoughts not all of them are actually reality based or accurate. Despite […]

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When the Dealer of Life Gives You a Crummy Hand

When the Dealer of Life Gives You a Crummy Hand

As cliche as it may be,’Bad things do happen to good people, all the time’. It never feels fair when life hands you a lousy hand to work with. As with a lot of other things, the skill here lies in how you view it in order […]

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Being aware of the connections: Depression and Anxiety and Cardiovascular Diseases

Being aware of the connections: Depression  and Anxiety and Cardiovascular Diseases

Those who experience cardiac issues or stroke tend to be at greater risk for experiencing depression and anxiety. Research today is showing us that this is due to the mind body connection, the physiological and biological relationships that the body’s system experiences during such significant medical events. […]

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How pain impacts emotions

How pain impacts emotions

Ever notice that when you are in pain things feel heightened? Colors may feel brighter. Light may feel stronger. Sound may feel louder. Tolerance may dip way lower than it usually is. Being stressed out emotionally or physically can trigger these reactions as can dealing with pain. […]

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