A Blog Post Inspired by a Zen Story.There was once a beautiful girl who lived in a small village in Japan.  It came to pass that her parents learned that she had become pregnant.  Her parents demanded to know who the father of the child was, and the girl, fearful of her parents’ anger, named the local Zen monk Hakuin as the father.The parents angrily confronted the monk, who replied “Is that so?”  Once the child was born, the family brought the infant to Hakuin, who took the child and ...

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Just this week, the first doses of vaccine to inoculate against the COVID-19 pandemic- which to date has resulted in the deaths of over 300,000 Americans- began being administered to front line healthcare workers, and will be offered to citizens over the coming weeks and months.  For many, this development is the “light at the end of the tunnel” we have been yearning for since the beginning of the pandemic nearly one year ago.  Along with the hope for a definitive victory over this virus which has necessitated extraordinary preventative ...

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The current pandemic has changed all aspects of our daily lives seemingly overnight. These changes can be accompanied by a great deal of stress. Perhaps you are a parent and are now juggling parenting/homeschooling and working from home. Perhaps you are an essential worker and you are experiencing fear related to contracting the virus from your work. Perhaps you are living alone and feeling lonely and isolated being physically separated from family, friends, and your community. Perhaps you are facing uncertainty about what the future holds. Below are some tips ...

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The COVID-19 pandemic is causing all of us to change the way we do things. Now that social distancing has become a part of our vocabulary and has changed our daily lives, you may be wondering how that will affect therapy. Thankfully, technology allows us to use telehealth as a great way to connect with clients who are unable to get to the office.Telehealth is a way to have therapy appointments using videoconferencing.  It is similar toFaceTime or Skype, but it uses a platform that is secure in order to ...

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In this YouTube video, Dr. Abraham Twerski discusses the importance of discomfort in facilitating growth. ...

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Many people have an internal voice that is harsh, rude, demanding and demeaning. Sometimes that voice has been around for years. Sometimes it’s been there since adolescence or even early childhood. Often people will acknowledge that they would never dream of speaking to a close friend (or even someone they dislike) the way they speak to themselves. Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) helps you to notice the critical internal voice and see it for what it is: a habit, an old story, a pattern of responding. Sometimes this voice is driven by ...

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