Posts with the category “depression”
Be Independent from Your Addiction this Independence Day
by Sandra Knapp, MS, LPC on June 24th, 2019
Independence Day is said to be the fourth most celebrated holiday in the United States. 4th of July is synonymous with parties, fireworks, socializing, eating, and drinking. Individuals who are in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction encounter special challenges during this time, especially early on. Relapse rates increase around the holidays, therefore being prepared for the triggers is one way to reduce chances of threats to recovery.
Cycles of Response - Improving Communication
by Sandra Knapp, MS, LPC on June 11th, 2019
Ever heard the saying “humans are creatures of habit?” Well our thoughts, feelings, and responses can also become habitual. Habitual thought patterns and behaviors can become problematic as the response often does not match the circumstance or the desired outcomes. The diagram demonstrates an unhelpful cycle of response and healthy way to approach internal processes and communication. Let’s explo...
How to choose the right therapist in 5 steps
by Sandra Knapp, MS, LPC on April 4th, 2019
Have you ever browsed through Psychology Today or Google searched for a therapist? You may have found yourself scrolling through pictures and taglines of clinicians describing their work. Did you spend hours reading professional biographies, researching clinical jargon, and then after feeling overwhelmed with information, closed the window without calling any of them? You are not alone. Choosing...
by Sandra Knapp, MS, LPC on August 1st, 2017
Next time you are outside, look up at the sky and notice the clouds. Notice the shapes and sizes, the colors, and the movement. Then bring your attention to your thoughts and feelings. Think of your thoughts and feelings as clouds you just observed in the sky. Picture that you, your body, and your general being are like the open sky, which provides the space for clouds to form and pass by. As tho...