Therapy vs. Antidepressants – Which One is Better?

If you are someone who has been experiencing depression, you may recognize that you need help, but you may be confused as to what therapies will work best for you. In today’s world, where there seems to be a pill to treat pretty much everything, many people assume that a prescribed antidepressant is the best option for them. In fact,...[ read more ]

What’s wrong with, “If I can’t love myself, how can I expect others love me”?

Porter Macey Ph.D., LMFT. Clinic Director July 12, 2020 “If I can’t love myself, how can I expect others to love me”? As a therapist who focuses on relationships, I have heard this phrase a lot. Even as a young child I recall people using this sentence as advice. It seems like for the most part, people generally view this...[ read more ]

How to Create Meaningful Relationships

Porter Macey Ph.D., LMFT. Clinic Director June 2, 2020 When I think of the relationship I have been a part of I feel very lucky. I remember my dad helping me drive my first remote control car as a seven year old. I remember my first pair of skis and my mom teaching me how to ski on the tiny...[ read more ]

How to Cope with the Stress and Anxiety Caused by COVID-19

If you’re like most people, you are doing your best to stay calm during COVID-19 pandemic. But that can feel incredibly difficult at times. When not worrying about friends and loved one’s health, there’s also the conflicting information provided by the media and the economic ramifications of the virus that have people on edge.Signs of Emotional Distress and 6 Ways...[ read more ]

Stop Listening to Respond and Start Listening to Understand: A Word on Validation

  Porter Macey, Ph.D., LMFT. Clinic Director  May 12, 2020 The popular novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey tells a fictional story of a dysfunctional mental ward in the 1950s. One of the main characters and narrator, Chief Bromden hasn’t talked in years. He has been silent for so long that the hospital staff believe him...[ read more ]

Staying ATTUNEd: Creating Emotional Trust in Marriage

By Spencer Hinckley, CSW What is trust? Longtime relationship researcher Dr. John Gottman believes trust in a relationship requires two things: 1) Transparency, or a belief that one sees the true reality of their partner, and 2) The feeling that one's partner is there for them in time of need.* In other words, partners must be able to answer yes when asked “Are you truthful?” and...[ read more ]

Thawing a Frozen Heart

I just saw the new Disney movie, Frozen.  Have you seen it?  It has received high praise this year, and rightly so.  It’s a beautiful story and very well-done.  There were a number of elements in the story that I found very meaningful, though much of that is probably because I am a therapist and hopelessly trapped in that mindset...[ read more ]

Suicide: There Is Hope! Simple Steps to Recognize & Respond

By Rick Rawlins, LCSW (Click HERE for a complete bio) Recently there has been increased media attention and awareness given to the topic of suicide.  Too often the subject of suicide causes people to feel uncomfortable and not want to discuss it.  Yet when someone is suffering and considering suicide, talking about it is exactly what is needed. Suicide occurs in...[ read more ]

Don’t Show Your Teens the 3 Bad Reactions: Hurt, Anger, & Fear

If you're just joining this series now, be sure to check out the last 4 posts in the parenting series. Hurt, Anger, and Fear.  Feeling these emotions isn't the problem.  And if they hit you because of life stressors or pressure, then by all means, let your kids see you show them-- within careful limits and in healthy ways.  The...[ read more ]

Don’t Be Afraid to Show Emotion to Your Kids

If you missed the first 3 parts of this parenting series, make sure to click HERE, HERE, and HERE. A lot of parents get so tired from their busy lives that they unintenionally operate in either a "superficial happy" state, or in anger (which is often just a way of hiding their underlying sense of feeling overwhelmed). We don't do...[ read more ]

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