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Mindful Walking, by Kimberly Gibson, LPCC, ATR

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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

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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 […]

Independence Versus Dependence: What’s the Difference? by Sara Loughlin, LCSW

This month’s blog is about interdependence- the midpoint between complete independence and codependency. We are social creatures and are happiest when we have secure connections and bonds with others. However, our society values independent traits such as self-reliance, putting your own needs and goals ahead of a relationship, and confidence in your ability to make […]

Balancing Independence with Dependency as a Young Adult by Sarah Frank, LMFT

In working with young adults over the years I have witnessed much struggle around the concept and goal of many to become “independent.” Seeking independence in young adulthood from the childhood home and family of origin is pretty much an agreed upon social norm for most of us in urban Western cultures, yet how many […]

Our Intuition, Can We Trust It? by Mack Garland, LCSW

Intuition or our “gut feeling” is the experience of making decisions using emotion, not pure logic. We do this all the time and most of the time we are totally unaware our decisions are based on a combination of logic and emotion. For example take something as simple as making a purchase at the grocery […]

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