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Exercise: The Secret Weapon in Fighting Anxiety

July 11, 2016, by

Today, anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it affects 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment. And anxiety cost the

Five Things Every Couple Needs to Know About Giving

December 2, 2015, by

When done right, gifts can be an expression of love and caring and can bring a couple closer together. Yet, gifts can often be a sore point and can produce the opposite result. Before you give or receive your next gift, here are five things you need to know: Know Your Love Language- Everyone has

Using Your Intuition

August 25, 2015, by

The definition of intuition is a phenomenon of the mind, describing the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason. Sometimes a coach or psychologist might have a “hunch” about something, not necessarily based on absolute fact. He or she will follow that intuition and many times, this allows the professional to

Boosting Your Immune System

May 14, 2015, by

With the news out that this winter that the flu vaccine only prevented flu in 18 percent of the inoculated population, it’s time to see what measures we can take to protect ourselves in a better way. Every winter, it seems that most people are going to get a cold or two and up to

When It’s Not An Accident: Self-Injury Awareness Day

February 27, 2014, by

I recently received an email informing me that Saturday, March 1, is Self Injury Awareness Day. Never having heard of such a thing, I took to the interwebs and learned that, sure enough, it is in fact a thing. I’m sorry that such a day is necessary but it is, so perhaps we should take

Ask Aviva: Bugged Out and Antsy

February 12, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I have an embarrassing problem. I am really, really scared of bugs.   I’m not just a little scared. When I see a bug I panic and shut down. I think part of it may be that I am afraid of becoming infested since then I might have to use chemicals to get

The Self-Destruction Button (part II)

February 5, 2014, by

In part one of this article, we spoke about Sarah, our 55 year old with borderline medical issues who is overweight.  She repeatedly sabotages her progress, even though she is fully aware that her health will be better if she complies and that she will feel better too.  We mentioned the stages of change- precontemplation,

I’m Digitally Distracted

November 19, 2013, by

We’ve all been there. You are at a Chassidic concert, the singer and orchestra are singing a beautiful song lifting your Neshoma to new heights, and then all of a sudden, you hear a loud, disruptive ring coming from the pocket of the man sitting three rows in front of you.  Your moment is ruined! Perhaps you are in the

Feeling Down, Anxious or Irritable? Try These 3 Tools

November 14, 2013, by

When was the last time you felt really good, happy and content? Many of us experience periods of emotional distress. The three tools of gratitude, acceptance and self-compassion can help us bring more peace and joy into our lives. (1) Gratitude According to research, being grateful increases our happiness. Begin your day expressing appreciation to

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