Therapy Blog

What’s helpful for you?

By Aaron Kelsay | May 22, 2023

Whatever may be “helpful” for you is subject to whatever is happening for you right now. For some, their day-to-day life role has a lot of intensity, connectedness, demands, responsibility. For folks in that situation, getting away from everything is … Read more

One easy step to end your phone addiction

By Aaron Kelsay | May 19, 2023

Turn on grayscale! Here’s how: If you’re using an iPhone as your daily handset of choice, open up the Settings app, then choose Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Color Filters. Turn the Color Filters toggle switch on, and … Read more

Common dysfunctions of families

By Aaron Kelsay | May 15, 2023

Dysfunctional families can exhibit various patterns of behavior and communication that hinder healthy functioning and emotional well-being. While each family is unique in its dynamics, there are several common ways in which a family can become dysfunctional. When clients approach … Read more

Couples Counseling

By Aaron Kelsay | May 12, 2023

Couples counseling, also known as couples therapy or relationship counseling, is a form of therapy that aims to help couples resolve conflicts, improve communication, and strengthen their relationship. There are several different types of couples counseling approaches and techniques that … Read more

How do I know if I need therapy?

By Aaron Kelsay | May 10, 2023

There is no single answer to this question as everyone’s needs and experiences are unique. However, if you are experiencing emotional distress, challenges in relationships or primary life roles, or if you feel like you are struggling to cope with … Read more

Giving emotions attention

By Aaron Kelsay | May 8, 2023

Giving a particular emotion (or experience of it, the story behind it, the feelings about the feeling) is incredibly hard for people who have been socialized like me — the left-brain types, analytical, logical, cognitively focused and attuned usually have … Read more

5 items to keep out of the bedroom

By Aaron Kelsay | May 4, 2023

Couples counseling sometimes overlaps with seemingly unimportant decisions about where to store the cutlery, which drawer to use, whether to keep the toaster in the cupboard when it’s not in use, and so on. Intimate relationships experience significant ruptures over … Read more

Emotions, constructed

By Aaron Kelsay | May 1, 2023

I read a lot, both for my own enjoyment and also to continue my training and development as a therapist. There are a few books that I recommend to fellow clinicians, and once in a while there’s a book that … Read more

Daily breathing practices to support your mental health

By Aaron Kelsay | April 24, 2023

1) Breathing Exercise 4-7-8 The 4-7-8 breathing technique can be used to relax when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. The exercise helps regulate the hormone cortisol, which controls your fight or flight response. This is important because too much cortisol … Read more

How do I choose a therapist?

By Aaron Kelsay | April 24, 2023

Choosing the right therapist can be a crucial step in your mental health journey. Here are some steps to get started, some supporting thoughts for determining what “fit” means for you,” and some ideas for next steps: Remember that finding … Read more

What is EMDR?

By Aaron Kelsay | April 23, 2023

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of therapy that has been shown to be effective in treating PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). EMDR aims to help individuals process and overcome traumatic experiences by addressing the way that the … Read more

A meditation for today

By Aaron Kelsay | April 19, 2023

Some of our clinicians use some form of this template to help our clients practice meditation. You are welcome to use this, modify it, and integrate it into your own mindfulness / meditation practice. Enjoy!

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