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Ways to Manage Anxiety by Sara Loughlin, LCSW

Anxiety is an all too common side effect of our modern, fast-paced life. A little bit of anxiety is natural and even beneficial– anxiety before an interview or before a date can help motivate us to prepare and do our best. However, when the anxiety becomes intrusive, and is a daily presence in our lives, […]

The Paradox of Fear by Vonique Schmidt, LPCC

Managing Anxiety

Halloween is that time of year when we curl up on the couch, grab some popcorn, and put in a horror movie. We might spend the next few nights checking under our beds, closing closet doors, and taking extra precautions to ensure our safety. Fear is an interesting emotion because it serves several different functions. […]

Managing My Fears: Where’s My Blankie? Adult Transitional Objects by Sarah Frank, LMFT

October 23rd, 2016 / Uncategorized / No Comments

It is quite normal for children to have stuffed animals, blankies, or other soft and comforting objects to help ease the transition from the safety of a caregiver to being alone or in unfamiliar situations. These seemingly magical talismans are referred to as “transitional objects”, a term coined by Donald Woods Winnicott, a British psychoanalyst […]

Mindful Walking, by Kimberly Gibson, LPCC, ATR


This month at Recovery Help Now we are exploring the how and whys of meditation. This post is about Walking Meditation. Walking Meditation may be for you if you know you need some activity and movement in your life, but would also like the benefits of meditating. Getting started is easy. Before walking, stand still […]

Mindfulness in Relationships by Sara Loughlin, LCSW

For this month’s blog post, I wanted to write about using mindfulness in relationships. I am a big fan of mindfulness and think that it can be a very useful tool in dealing with people who are important to us. When we are in a relationship, we often have expectations that the other person behave […]

Mindfulness At Work, by Mack Garland, LCSW

For many people meditation and mindfulness are almost interchangeable concepts to help us deal with stress. Part of that is true, they both help us deal with stress, but meditation is the art of emptying the mind; mindfulness is the act of becoming aware. We spend so much of our day pulled in so many […]

Mindfulness, Breath, and Art by Sarah Frank, LMFT, ATR

Mindfulness has been a hot topic in psychology of late, from aiding in stress reduction to preventing relapse of undesirable symptoms, thoughts, or behaviors. Mindfulness is essentially a practice of consciously being aware of your body and mind in the present moment. Numerous scientific studies have shown that this practice can reduce stress, cravings, harmful […]

The Balance between Independence and Dependence by Mack Garland, LCSW

Western culture values independence almost above all else. We are taught from an early age to be strong individuals, able to take care of ourselves. Most of us leave home around the age of 18 to start our independent and individual lives. At the same time, we are hard wired to be a social creature […]

Developing Interdependence by Kimberly Gibson, LPCC

In most intimate relationships, one must strike a balance between independence and dependency. If one is “too” independent in a relationship, then a genuine connection can be hard to foster and maintain. On the other end of the pendulum is too much dependency. If one becomes “too” dependent (needy) in their relationship, one’s partner may […]

A Guide to Co-Commitment by Anna McClelland, LMFT


Clients are often confused about the difference between healthy dependence and independence in relationships vs co-dependence. Developing skills to balance independence and dependence is difficult especially if one is unclear about what healthy attachments look like. When clients are starting to learn new ways of navigating closeness and distance in their relationships, I often recommend […]

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