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Is sensate right for your relationship?

Is sensate right for your relationship? A couple shares an affectionate embrace in bed, illuminated by natural light from the window.

As a therapist dedicated to holistic well-being, including sexuality, intimacy, and communication, I have many tools in my toolbox. One of my favorites is Sensate Focus Exercises. It is an approach to therapy that promotes enhanced communication, self-discovery, and profound intimacy. In this blog post, we’ll look at its history, benefits, and transformative potential. Sensate […]

Healing Addiction with EMDR in South Asian Communities

Healing Addiction with EMDR in South Asian Communities south asian woman healing from addiction

In South Asian communities, where family and respect are very important, addiction is often seen as a big problem that people don’t like to talk about. This blog explains how a therapy called EMDR can help people overcome addiction by dealing with their past bad experiences. What is EMDR? EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization […]

Four Ways Running Positively Benefits Mental Health

Four Ways Running Positively Benefits Mental Health A woman in a park helping her mental health.

Have you ever felt stressed and anxious, but then started running and felt some of that tension melt away with each step forward? Running can be a powerful way to reduce stress, unwind from a busy day, connect with your body, dedicate time to self-care, or work towards a personal goal. Scientific studies have shown […]

Scheduling Intimacy

Scheduling Intimacy A man and woman hugging on a bed.

Maintaining a passionate relationship in a busy world In our fast-paced lives, filled with hectic schedules and numerous commitments, sex in a relationship is often put off to “not tonight, maybe tomorrow.” After all, it’s hard to focus on intimacy when one is worried about the kids, tomorrow’s presentation or household chores that need to […]

How to use EFT to manage your emotions

How to use EFT to manage your emotions A blue lego figure sitting on a white surface, showcasing its vibrant color amidst a minimalist background.

What is EFT? EFT is a technique used to help people manage emotions, particularly around distressing events, and experience self soothing. EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It may also be referred to as EFT tapping or just tapping. EFT has been called “needless acupuncture for emotions” because it uses meridians, like acupuncture, and is […]

Using therapy to move past diet culture into healthy, mindful eating

Using therapy to move past diet culture into healthy, mindful eating A plate with a sad face and fork on a pink background.

If someone told you about a procedure that would change your life for the better, but would be uncomfortable, costly and have about a 5% effectiveness rate long-term, would you go for it? Given those terms, probably not! However, those terms actually describe what we call ‘dieting’ for weight loss. The dieting industry generates billions […]

3 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

3 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress A teddy bear is hanging from a christmas tree.

Ahhhh.. The holidays are here! It’s time to prepare for gifts, feasts, cookie exchanges, and… stress? If preparing for a stressful season is something you anticipate, you are not alone. Harvard found in one study that 62% of their respondents described their stress level as “very or somewhat” elevated during the holidays. A Sesame study […]

Taking the Next Step: How Premarital Counseling Can Help Any Relationship Move Forward

Taking the Next Step: How Premarital Counseling Can Help Any Relationship Move Forward A couple holding hands in a field at sunset.

Premarital counseling has a rich historical legacy, originating as an integral component of religious and spiritual preparations for marriage ceremonies. Traditionally, it was deeply rooted in rites like Pre-Cana within the Roman Catholic church. Over time, the landscape of premarital guidance has broadened to encompass a diverse array of settings beyond religious institutions. More recently, […]

Debby Spertus – LSW

You are ready to make a change. You may have feelings or thoughts that you have tried to avoid, or recent painful experiences are painful or scary. It often takes courage to confront those patterns.  You may be saying to yourself, “I don’t know ‘what’s wrong,’ I just know that I don’t feel right.”  This […]

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