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Couples and Attachment – Is Your Attachment to Each Other Secure?

Couples and attachment are the subject of the research of Dr. John Bowlby, MD, and Sue Johnson, PhD.
Dr. John Bowlby, an English psychiatrist, pioneered research into the importance of secure attachment between mother or primary caregiver and baby. Dr. Sue Johnson has extended these ideas to love relationships between couples. She describes couples and attachment as […]

By |October 31st, 2018|Categories: Relationships and Communication|Tags: |0 Comments

Life Transitions: a new group forming

Counseling Associates of Sarasota

New Group: Life Transitions

An evening group is scheduled to begin on Wednesday October 17th at 6pm.

We will meet every other Wednesday for eight sessions of 90 minutes.

A group for people who are experiencing life transitions including separation, divorce, discovery of an affair, estrangement from adult children, grandchildren or siblings, relocation, facing […]

By |October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Relationships and Communication|Tags: |0 Comments

SLEEP

SLEEP:

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH?

DO YOU FEEL TIRED AND GRUMPY WHEN YOU GET UP?

IN SPITE OF BEING TIRED IS IT HARD TO FALL ASLEEP?

ARE YOU TOSSING AND TURNING AT 3 OR 4 IN THE MORNING?

Many Americans are sleep deprived. It has become a badge of honor for some to let you know that they sleep […]

By |September 29th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety and Stress, Depression Therapy|Tags: |0 Comments

A Health Transition

An evening transition support group is scheduled to begin on Monday October 15th at 6pm.

Transitions, in general have three parts. The first is loss. Even positive transitions, by their nature, leave behind one part of life. Many transitions involve pain, grief, fear and uncertainty. We go from the known to the unknown, from surety […]

By |September 13th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety and Stress|Tags: |0 Comments

Negative and Self Defeating Thoughts are Often Part of Depression

 
Are Self Defeating Thoughts Contributing
to Your Feelings of Depression?
 

When you meet a new situation you will have a variety of thoughts about it. We tend to believe our own thoughts,including those that are negative or self defeating rarely troubling to challenge them.

In fact, particularly when we are depressed we entertain thoughts that are often […]

By |August 4th, 2018|Categories: Depression Therapy|Tags: |0 Comments

Positivity in Communication Part 2

Improving Your Communication Using a Positivity Approach

Many couples struggle with communication issues. In my practice I hear comments such as “When we try to address a serious topic such as in laws, disciplining our children or getting them to finish their homework our arguments escalate into a fight” or “my partner does not listen […]

By |June 24th, 2018|Categories: Relationships and Communication|Tags: |0 Comments

Suicide Risk and Prevention

Suicide Risk
This past week, two people with familiar names to us, have apparently taken their lives by suicide. These sad events shock and confuse us. Questions such as “How could she leave her daughter?” in Kate Spade’s case or “How could there be anything wrong in the exciting life led by Anthony Bourdain?”

Of course, […]

By |June 8th, 2018|Categories: Depression Therapy|Tags: |0 Comments

How Can We Improve Our Communication? Part 1

Dr. John Gottman studied communication and interaction patterns of couples in the “love lab” he established at the University of Washington in Seattle. Here couples came to a bed and breakfast type setting where their interactions and communications were recorded and carefully analyzed.
A Classic Communication Study about Couples
From an initial group of 130 newlyweds, […]

By |May 29th, 2018|Categories: Relationships and Communication|Tags: |0 Comments

Grief – how can I help a loved one?

When someone we love experiences the death of a loved one, a divorce or any other major life event we often do not know how to help them in this period of grief and loss. In our efforts to alleviate pain we often fall back on platitudes such as:

You are lucky to have your […]

By |May 27th, 2018|Categories: Grief and Loss|Tags: |0 Comments

Mental Health and Stigma

May is mental health awareness month. The stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness illness can result in people being critical, fearful, judgmental and generally dismissive of those suffering from a mental disorder. Such stigma causes many people to attempt to hide their mental concerns and thus often avoid treatment or be unwilling to […]