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Counseling, Therapy, & Life Coaching
by Innovative Counseling Services Inc.
for Individuals, Couples, Children, and Families
For Individuals, Couples & Families by Innovative Counseling Services Inc.

Online Therapy and Coaching

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

Is Facebook Causing Relationship Problems?

According to a recent story in the New York Times, Facebook is one of the most popular searches for couples and singles.

Does Facebook Cause Relationship Turmoil?

Facebook is frequently a topic of conversation and conflict in today’s couples counseling. Facebook has made impulsive dating and “hooking up” so easy and quick that repercussions are not considered until they break the trust in a person’s current relationship.
As a therapist, I listen to couples argue about who they have as “friends” and how they list each other on Facebook as an indicator of their commitment to their current relationship.… Continue reading

Record Level of Stress Found in College Freshmen

According to the New York Times, College Freshman are under more emotional stress than ever before.

The survey, “The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010,” involved more than 200,000 incoming full-time students at four-year colleges, and cited that the percentage of students rating themselves as “below average” in emotional health rose exponentially from previous years. Also, every year young women have had a less positive view of their emotional health than young men, and that gap has widened.

In my practice at Innovative Counseling Services, I see students from nearby colleges, such as Gettysburg College, McDaniel’s College, Penn… Continue reading

If You Ingest Chemicals Are You Mentally Ill? Maybe!

In response to the Huffington Post article, Bath Salts A Growing Drug Problem Officials Say, the question is not should we ban every chemical that could be potentially dangerous if snorted or ingested but why are people snorting and ingesting dangerous chemicals?

The article highlights the recent case of Neil Brown who got high on dangerous chemicals sold as bath salts. He took his skinning knife and slit his face and stomach repeatedly. Brown survived, but authorities say others haven’t been so lucky after snorting, injecting, or smoking powders with such innocuous-sounding names as Ivory Wave, Red Dove, and… Continue reading

Losing Weight Is Not About Diets

Many people struggle with diets and exercise plans with temporary success.

The key to success is resolving the deep unconscious conflicts within each and every one of us.  These conflicts when unresolved lead to destructive behaviors and addictions, i.e., excessive drinking, eating, smoking, use of drugs, sexual addictions, etc.

My approach helps people by resolving the deep conflicts while incorporating a wellness life plan. Weight gain or other addictions is about lifestyle and choices. With my approach, my clients change their lifestyle and lose their weight forever, because their inner conflicts are resolved.

It is wonderful to watch and… Continue reading

Transitions

Transitions are hard if we fight them.

Does a leaf fight every fall because it’s afraid to detach from it’s place of safety on the branch while the wind is tugging it gently to  the ground? Maybe, but I don’t think so as it is part of the cycle of nature. Do birds worry every year when it’s time to migrate? I don’t think so. They go with the pull of migration. Why do we fight each change? There is life and death, of course, but what lies in between is life’s essence, which is transition.… Continue reading