Laying a Foundation for Your Relationship
October 01, 2021 in Change
by Ariel Bradley

When building a house, we start first with laying the foundation. Otherwise, our beautifully assembled and decorated house would come crashing down with the first weathered storm. In relationships, we need the same firm base. The importance of developing a strong foundation with your partner affords both partners the confidence that we will get through troubles together and eases tension at the first sign of conflict. You may be asking yourself, what does a strong foundation look like in a relationship and do I have one? The answer to this question is a simple one. It is a secure attachment with your partner - a sense that your partner is there for you, has your back, and will come when you call. A secure attachment allows each partner to feel confident that even when apart, we are connected to each other. In order to create a secure attachment with your partner, there are three characteristics that need to be present: accessibility, responsiveness, engagement - or A.R.E., for short.

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Accelerating Your Trauma Recovery with Eye Movement Therapy
October 01, 2021 in Stress and Coping
by Stephanie Lindeman, M.A.

You just finished a performance assessment with your boss, and she gave you a glowing review with dozens of positive comments. Yet somehow, that one piece of negative feedback is just nagging at you, and truthfully, it’s all you’re remembering as you walk away. Some may call you a pessimist or an over-achiever, but actually, you’re quite normal! Our brains are hard-wired to remember emotionally charged events for the purpose of our survival, especially negative emotions. You probably don’t remember what you ate for breakfast, but you’re more likely to remember that gruesome car accident you drove by on your way home from work, and maybe you drive a little more cautiously on your route home the next day. Your brain is just trying to keep you alive!
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The Benefits of Video Therapy: How Telehealth Can Work for You
September 23, 2021 in Stress and Coping
by Dr. Jill Langer

As the pandemic drags on, it can really take a toll on us. Physically, mentally, and especially emotionally. We’re being impacted in ways we likely have never experienced before, and the need for effective therapy is all the more essential. One of the biggest silver linings of the pandemic has been advances in the provision of telehealth, also called telepsychology, online therapy, or video therapy. When COVID began, I started offering therapy sessions through a secure video platform to protect the health of my clients. While skeptical at first, a year later I am thoroughly convinced that what the rapidly growing body of research tells us is true: Telehealth is every bit as effective as meeting in person.

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Is Lack of Sleep Linked to Dementia?
September 23, 2021 in Self-Care
by Dr. Jeanne Peterson

A new study, published this year in the journal Nature, shows an association between shorter sleep hours and the later development of dementia. Severine Sabia and colleagues looked at data from 7959 participants, using a 25-year follow-up. They discovered that those who consistently slept six hours or less at age 50 and 60 (compared with a seven-hour duration) had a 30% higher risk of developing dementia. This finding held strong even when other influences such as sociodemographic, behavioral, cardiometric, and mental health factors were considered. Since previous studies have shown an association between depression, sleep and subsequent dementia onset, this study provides good information about the role of sleep duration regardless of mental health and suggests that short sleep duration in midlife is associated with an increased risk of late-onset dementia.
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