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Our Efforts to Support Tampa Bay

Just like that, everything has changed.  Jobs are being lost, local businesses are being forced to shut down, lives are being disrupted, and uncertainty about the future has led to widespread anxiety, stress, and panic.  At a time when we need to be most connected, we are being asked for good reason to remain “socially distant” – which if it hasn’t already – will be leading to increased isolation and loneliness…There are, however, steps we all can take to ensure we remain physically and mentally healthy during this time.  

As a mental health provider, we have felt it important to not only adapt to the situation at-hand, but to provide much needed therapeutic support to the community during this time.  Here are the steps we are taking to do our part. We encourage you to reach out by sending us a message or by calling/texting 727-258-5231 if you have any questions.   Read more

How Learning to Play the Piano is JUST like Therapy

So I started piano lessons about 6 weeks ago and this wasn’t the first time.  The first time I got started was about a year ago.  I took 3 lessons and abruptly stopped.  One of the reasons I gave for giving up so soon was that I was “too busy” and too distracted with my professional life.  Although there may have been some truth to the fact that I wasn’t really ready, a lot of it boiled down to me being frustrated.  My piano instructor wasn’t the best fit for me.  He moved too quickly for what I was comfortable with and it made me feel sort of slow and stupid.  I wasn’t picking up on things quickly enough, but this wasn’t all his fault.  I wasn’t taking the time I needed between sessions to practice what I was learning.  I sat with him for a half an hour each week, but was then avoiding the work that needed to be done to make some improvements before the next time I met with him.  Subsequently, I dreaded going back in to meet with him to “face the music”.  I cancelled my 4th session and did not go back. Read more

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How Counseling Can Help When Grieving a Loss

The loss of a close loved one is among the most difficult things we can face in life.  Although grief is a universal human experience – something that touches all of us at different points in our lives –  it can often leave us feeling so very alone and helpless.  In the blink of an eye, this person who was once so full of life and that we held so dear, is gone.  We long to connect again – if even for a moment.  We carry with us cherished memories – but even those seem to bring us sorrow, for they are another reminder that no new memories will ever be created…And all the while, the world keeps on turning and those around us carry on with their lives as though nothing has happened. Read more

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Common Themes in Therapy

As a Therapist, I often run into very similar themes again and again…This, I believe, is because so many of the things we struggle with as human beings are universal.  Although that’s the case, so many of these things people struggle with are dealt with in silence – and with a belief that these issues are somehow unique to oneself – implying some kind of inherent or fundamental flaws. Because of this, many of these common themes are at the root of what makes us anxious, deeply insecure, or depressed. Read more

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Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset: Are you Limiting Yourself?

One of the things I’ve found to be so powerful as it relates to capacity for success and positive growth in people’s lives is this intangible idea of mindset…so much of what limits us (or allows us to be able to propel ourselves forward in life) has to do with our thinking alone.  Whether not we can do the things we want to do in our lives has more to do with whether or not we think we can do those things than our actual potential. Read more

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Your All-Things-Anxiety Resource

Struggling with anxiety? This page is an "all-things-anxiety" resource. We'll discuss types of anxiety, causes of anxiety, …

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Solving the Puzzle: A Whole-Person Approach to Treating Depression

When it comes to treating depression, there's no clear-cut one-size-fits-all approach...that's because depression can be …

Moderate Drinking – Is it Right for You?

We often have people reach out to us because they want help with their drinking.  They don’t necessarily want to quit …