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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

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

Addictive Thinking vs. Mindful Thinking

An excerpt from Stephen Levine’s A Gradual Awakening. This Chapter is called The Wanting Mind.

…seeing the scope of my wantings showed me how deeply and subtly dissatisfaction created my personal world, and that seeing freed me from much grasping, from thinking that all my wants had to be satisfied, that i had to compulsively respond to everything that arose in my mind. I saw that things can be a certain way without needing to be acted on or judged or even pushed aside. They can simply be observed.

Gradually, seeing the unsatisfactory nature of much of… Continue reading

A Little Boy is Helped With EMDR

Yesterday a mother came to see me. She was worried about her son.

She and his father had divorced years ago and now the boy was 7-years-old. The mother had remarried. The boy loved his father and anticipated his visits, but his father had disappointed him many times in his short life. Recently, his father introduced him to his fiancé and her 3-year-old boy who “he paid more attention to than me,” the birth son reported.

His mother explained that on her son’s 7th birthday he enjoyed his party and was surrounded by family who loved him. He enjoyed his… Continue reading