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For Individuals, Couples & Families by ICS Inc.

Online Therapy and Coaching

Life coaching and therapy are offered online for your convenience. Texting and emails are used adjunctively as needed.

Are You Having an Affair with Food?

Many people seek comfort when experiencing upsetting emotions such as worry, sadness, boredom, unhappiness, discontent, or loneliness. Are you replacing an emotional need with food? Like a lover, food can be used to silence one’s loneliness, pain, or suffering.
When Food Numbs Negative Emotion

Sometimes people are afraid to feel suffering, loneliness, or despair and attempt to silence it by consuming. Consuming takes the form of food, video games, shopping, alcohol, pornography, or other negative behaviors that create addictions.People become frustrated with the ongoing cycle of numbing their uncomfortable feelings with food. They wonder why they… Continue reading

Relationships: Heavy Baggage or a Carry-on?

In the first few encounters with a potential partner, we tend to assess their assets as well as their baggage. For example how many marriages and divorces has this person had? How many children, stepchildren, or any volatile relationships with exes?

Then, there is the area of addictions such as alcohol, porn, or gambling. These are heavy baggage type people. If there is a history of bankruptcy or a criminal history then this is also major baggage.

A good question to ask yourself is, “Do I want to start a relationship with someone who has major baggage or would… Continue reading

Life As One Big Checklist

Has life become just another thing to check off your to-do list?

In my practice, many young people in their 20’s and 30’s have similar unconscious or conscious life goals that they want in a specified order — particular achievements to cross off “their list.”

The checklist includes: get accepted into the college of choice, have a boyfriend or girlfriend, graduate, get married then have a child, get another degree or career advancement, buy a big house and car, raise children, send children to college, and, finally, plan for retirement.

Each item also needs acquisition by a specific age. Long-term… Continue reading

With Winter Coming, Try Therapy in Your Home

Don’t let the snow or flu season interfere with your therapy sessions. Inclement weather and less sunlight during winter can increase depression, illness, and lethargy. It brings that “I just want to stay at home and rest” feeling. Many of my clients are now using phone or video sessions for this reason and others. Recently, a client’s child was home sick from school, so I told her to grab a cup of coffee or tea and we could have our session over the phone. An increasingly popular method of counseling, distance therapy allows you to have therapy anywhere—from the comfort… Continue reading

Dance and Parkinson’s Disease

While recently visiting my mother at the Pickersgill Retirement Community in Baltimore, Maryland, I noticed her unsteady gait had again worsened. Since her diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) ten years ago, my mother has been treated with multiple medications, yet her condition deteriorates with each visit.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative movement disorder. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Parkinson’s disease affects about one million people in the United States and more than four million people worldwide. The disorder occurs in all races, but Parkinson’s is somewhat more prevalent among Caucasians. Men develop the disease slightly more often than… Continue reading

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