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Online Therapy and COVID-19

People often start psychotherapy because they’re facing unprecedented challenges and are feeling overwhelmed. If you’re feeling this way now, you’re not alone. The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for you and your loved ones. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Stress during an infectious […]

What is Peter Pan Syndrome?

Peter Pan Syndrome was coined in 1983 by Dr. Dan Kiley, in his book, The Peter Pan Syndrome: Men Who have Never Grown Up. This “syndrome” is not a recognized disorder by the American Psychiatric Association in the DSM 5, but rather is a collection of symptoms recognized by Dr. Kiley. Dr. Kiley refers to […]

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a state of open attention on the present. When we are mindful, we carefully observe our thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad. Mindfulness can also be a healthy way to identify and manage hidden emotions that may be causing problems in our personal and professional relationships. It means living […]

What is Individuation?

In Jungian psychology, also called analytical psychology, individuation is the process in which the individual self develops out of an undifferentiated unconscious—seen as a developmental psychic process during which innate elements of personality, the components of the psyche, and the experiences of the person’s life become integrated over time into a well-functioning whole. One’s unique […]

Am I Depressed?

Clinical depression can manifest as feeling sad and depressed for weeks or months on end—not just a passing depressed mood for a day or two. This feeling is most often accompanied by a sense of hopelessness, a lack of energy, and taking little or no pleasure in things that once gave you joy in the […]

Do I have ‘Normal’ Anxiety or an Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety is a general, unpleasant feeling of apprehension. You feel restless and you may have physical reactions such as a headache, sweating, heart palpitations, chest tightness, and upset stomach. When is anxiety normal and when is it an anxiety disorder? There are a number of human experiences that cause normal anxiety. Life offers us many […]