“Beyond the Couch” Explores the Benefits of Group Therapy!

The newest episode of the “Beyond the Couch” podcast is here!

Today, we look at the benefits of group therapy, different formats of group therapy, and how we can gain the most benefit from group therapy. You can listen to the episode here!

Don’t forget: If you missed the first few episodes, they are always available via iTunes, on my website, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and YouTube.

If you’ve found these episodes helpful in some way, please be sure to read a rating and review so that 1.) I know what helps you and 2.) so that others in the same boat can find what they need.

Enjoy these first few episodes before the next one on Thursday – we’ll be focusing on Mindfulness!

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Benefits of Mindful Eating

Here we are on Mindful Monday again! Recently, I introduced some guidelines for mindful eating. If you have had a chance to try them out, I would love to hear your experiences. Share them with our Facebook and Twitter communities so you can help inspire others!

If you find yourself nervous about all the food coming up later in the week, here are some benefits of mindful eating that can help you practice mindful eating to ensure you feel your best:

  • Mindful eating helps you appreciate food more, so you eat less
  • Mindful eating reverses the emotional eating habit
  • Mindfulness interrupts the relationship between thoughts and unconscious, automatic eating behaviors
  • Mindfulness undercuts common states of mind that lead to eating

I would love to hear how this went for you and what benefits you noticed! Be sure to share with us in our Facebook and Twitter communities so we can celebrate with you!

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What Is Mindfulness?

Are you finding yourself more and more frazzled? Easily reactive without knowing what set you off? Or are you having a hard time focusing on what you’re trying to do? I have great news! You can find simple ways to get yourself feeling more focused, alert, calm, and ready to just be in the moment! Mindfulness can be learned by anyone. I have seen this transform many people’s lives in a matter of a short few weeks.

Mindfulness meditation refers to a practice that focuses on awareness of the present experience without judgment. The purpose of meditation is to make the mind calm and peaceful. In this state, we can be free from worries and discomfort, giving us clarity, peace, and even happiness. Most find it difficult to control their mindset. It seems as if thoughts are like a balloon in the wind – blown here and there by external circumstances. By training in meditation, most of us will be able to maintain this peaceful clarity and happiness for longer periods of time, even in the most difficult circumstances. Gradually, we develop a mental and emotional equilibrium, a balanced mindset that is clear and at peace most of the time, rather than one that goes back and forth between the extremes of excitement and despondency.

Are you curious about how Mindfulness can benefit you? Try my sample here and see the impact yourself! Share your experience with us in our Facebook community!

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What Is PMR?

Have you been carrying tension in your body? Instead of having your muscles hold your stress, give them some relief! Sometimes shifting our tension can bring deep relaxation. Use Progressive muscle relaxation to help make the switch.

Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is an exercise that relaxes your mind and body by progressively tensing and relaxing muscle groups throughout your entire body. You will tense each muscle group vigorously, but without straining, and then suddenly release the tension and feel the muscle relax. You will tense each muscle for about 5 seconds. If you have any pain or discomfort at any of the targeted muscle groups feel free to omit that step. Throughout this exercise you may visualize the muscles tensing and a wave of relaxation flowing over them as you release that tension. It is important that you keep breathing throughout the exercise.

This deep relaxation technique that has been effectively used to control stress and anxiety, relieve insomnia, and reduce symptoms of certain types of chronic pain.While progressive muscle relaxation may help alleviate your stress, it should not be used as a substitute for standard medical care in treatment of any health problem.

Which area of your body gets the most relief? Share it to inspire others at the Chrysalis Psychological Services community.   Don’t forget to get your PMR script along with a complimentary audio guided exercise. Grab yours here!

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Do I Need Treatment for PTSD? Part 2

A basic overview of PTSD was covered in Part 1 of this series. Today, I’ll give you some more guidelines in considering your options for treatment. It can be hard to ask for help, but it can be harder if we don’t get the help we need when we need it.

After a traumatic event, it’s normal to think, act, and feel differently than usual — but most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months.Talk to a professional (your doctor or a therapist) if your symptoms last longer than a few weeks, keep you from your day to day life, or are overwhelming you.

It’s also very common for people with PTSD to also have another mental health problem — like depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse. Often, people who have PTSD also have problems at work, in relationships, or with their physical health. Sometimes, these problems happen because of your PTSD symptoms. Getting treatment for PTSD can help with these other problems, too. After treatment, most people feel they have a better quality of life.

It’s common to think that your PTSD symptoms will just go away over time. But this is very unlikely, especially if you’ve had symptoms for longer than a year. Even if you feel like you can handle your symptoms now, they may get worse over time. Treatment can help even if your trauma happened years ago. And treatment for PTSD has gotten much better over the years. If you tried treatment before and you’re still having symptoms, it can be helpful to try again.

You and your therapist or doctor will work closely together, so it’s important that you feel comfortable asking questions and talking about your life. It’s always okay to look for a different therapist or doctor if you’re not happy or comfortable with the person you’re seeing.

There are many treatment options for PTSD. If you’re still unsure which treatment is the right step for you, contact us to set up a free consultation by phone. We can help you consider your options so you don’t have to shoulder your pain on your own.

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Is CPT for PTSD Right for You?

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD is one of our favorite approaches in trauma recovery. And we’re not alone! Multiple research studies show the significant benefits and improvements in people working to transform their lives after a traumatic event, leading it to be considered a gold standard treatment for trauma recovery. As one of a handful of therapists in NY offering CPT to the community, we can help you get your life back on track with 12 weekly session modules.

In CPT, we work to help you understand and change how you think about your trauma and its aftermath. Our goal is to understand how certain thoughts about your trauma bring on stress and make your symptoms worse.

You will learn how your thoughts about the world and yourself are making you feel afraid or upset. Together, we will help you will learn to replace these thoughts with more accurate and less upsetting ones that can help you feel safer, calmer, and more in control of your life. You will also learn ways to cope with the difficult feelings such as anger, guilt, and fear. CPT also helps you understand that what happened was not your fault.

Not everyone entering therapy for PTSD will have the same goals. Part of our initial sessions will include figuring out specifically what your life would look like once you’ve work through the trauma symptoms.

Be sure to contact us for information on how you can get started living the fulfilling life you deserve and share with any loved ones who might benefit from this empowering therapy model!

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