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Putting the Coronavirus into Perspective

Perspective is an important thing to consider when dealing with anxiety-provoking situations. You know this from your sessions with your therapist. Please remember this as you consider your response to Covid-19. Don’t let emotions outweigh logic in your everyday choices surrounding the coronavirus. Whether it’s fighting someone in the grocery store for toilet paper, or […]

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Nightmares May Help Us Prepare for Real Anxiety-Provoking Situations

Nightmares May Help Us Prepare for Real Anxiety-Provoking Situations

Nightmares are no fun, but an international study has found that nighttime fears may actually serve a greater purpose. Researchers from the United States and Switzerland have identified areas of the brain that are activated while participants experience fears in their dreams. After participants awoke, these same emotion-regulating areas responded to scary situations with much […]

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Treating Self-Injury

Treating Self-Injury with CARESS: A New Way to Address the “Demons and Secrets Inside” CARESS—Communicate Alternatively. Release Endorphins. Self-Soothe CARESS teaches new behaviors so that self-injury clients feel less likely to follow through with destructive impulses. As a result, they can retain a sense of power and control—expanding their range of positive coping skills.   […]

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The Best Way to Support Elderly Caregivers

Five Ways to Help Elder Caregivers with an Alzheimer’s Spouse Be sensitive to how the Traditionalist Generation thinks. Help elderly caregivers let go of the person they knew. With the therapist’s help, identify the kinds of support elderly caregivers need. Forge a circle of support for caregivers, with friends, family, and groups. Remind elderly caregivers […]

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You Can Choose Your Family

Jane was blessed enough to have a mother and father who provided a strong emotional center of love and support. From an early age, she could count on them for hugs and kisses, for care and compassion, and when she needed to be disciplined, they administered it in an appropriate way. But not everyone has […]

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The Mystery of Loving an Abuser

People are often amazed at their own psychological conditions and reactions. Those with depression are stunned when they remember they’ve thought of killing themselves. Patients recovering from severe psychiatric disturbances are often shocked as they remember their symptoms and behavior during the episode. A patient with Bipolar Disorder recently told me, “I can’t believe I […]

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The Beginnings of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Wendell used to be vibrant and healthy, sharp as a tack with anyone he met. He could answer any question you threw at him, and he loved to laugh. His chuckling would resonate throughout the room. When he was much younger, Wendell could easily count backwards from 100, by sevens. Once, to the amazement of […]

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Ecstasy for PTSD?

Imagine using a hallucinogenic drug—an ecstasy-like compound known as MDMA—to treat individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It sounds a little far-fetched to many psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists. But others in the profession are willing to suspend judgment to see what the future holds for MDMA, which promotes the release of oxytocin and prolactin—hormones […]

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Should a Christian Therapist Treat a Muslim Client?

Building rapport with patients is a given in psychotherapy. But what happens when two faiths collide in session? Suddenly, theory can go out the window, and therapy can become a battle of the wills, as the tenets of psychotherapist’s and the patient’s own religious traditions “butt heads,” creating barriers to healing. In this article, Michael […]

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: WE'RE OPEN

To Existing and New Encompass Counseling Clients:

We want you to know that we’re open and continuing to offer in-office sessions, as usual. We’re taking extra precautions to maintain a clean office space for you. So, please contact us to confirm or set an appointment.

Note: HIPPA-compliant phone and video sessions are an option.