Healthy living is based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. First your basic needs for food, water, shelter, rest, security and safety must be met before you can move to the next level. The next level is psychological needs for intimate relationships,prestige and feelings of accomplishment. Self-fulfillment needs are: reaching one’s full potential including creative activities which is the highest level of human needs according to Abraham Maslow.
At Innovative Counseling I work through all stages with the goal of reaching your highest potential.
According to Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the Five Love Languages Series, we all speak with one of five love languages: quality time, physical touch, gift giving, acts of service, and words of affirmation.
For example, your partner may reflect his love through physical touch when you’re craving quality time. Or, you may shower your significant other with gifts while he or she is in need of words of affirmation.
In my practice, I see couples that are struggling in a variety of ways to connect and communicate. This can range from feeling disconnected, not spending enough creative… Continue reading
Many people are experiencing anxiety which can be experienced as restlessness, worry, insomnia and/or somatic symptoms such as heart palpitations, abdominal tightness and headaches. Stress is a word used often by people to describe anxiety.
There are many ways to cope with and reduce symptoms of anxiety with deep breathing and guided meditation ( if you can slow your mind down enough to participate). Massage can also relieve muscle tension that many times accompanies anxiety. Cognitive Restructuring is also an effective method to reduce anxiety. The concept is if you become aware of your negative thought patterns and change them… Continue reading
The holidays are a time of year for celebration, being with family, and enjoying. Yet, they also tend to be a time of stress for many people in terms of preparation, overindulgence, and cost. The following are five ways to manage your stress through this holiday season.
1. Make time for your family but also for yourself.
If you are a parent, the holidays can be extremely stressful as you prepare for your children’s celebration. However, even if you are single the additional stress of attending holiday parties, family gatherings, and gift buying may seem like more to do. This… Continue reading
Many of us are experiencing stress. If you have tired adrenal glands, you may not be able to handle stress well. Here are some symptoms of adrenal stress and some simple ways to reduce stress so you can feel better and healthier.
- Wired and tired
- General fatigue, needing coffee in the morning to get going
- Poor focus or “brain fog”
- Depression, lack of motivation
- Inability to make decisions
- Anxiety or panic
- Feeling better only after exercise or in extreme cases feeling exhausted after exercise
Here are some quick easy ways to support your adrenal glands… Continue reading
What can you expect from therapy? People are looking for change. I have abandoned rigid techniques for a much more successful approach. Listening is so important as the world has become so fast and distractable. As I listen to people’s concerns and perspectives, I believe that being heard and understood is paramount to success in therapy and in life.
In my office I am honored to have people open up and expose their fears, abuse, desires and conflicts. They want to be happy and more content. People are intrinsically motivated to change,the motivation is sometimes hidden.
As I… Continue reading