Why I am So Passionate About Therapy

It is a cold and rainy day here in Austin. Texas. Days like this can bring up many different feelings for me. Today, I wanted to share a little more with you all on why I am so passionate about being a therapist. At an early age, I started to experience loss and grief when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I realize now that the grief didn't start when she died, but when she was diagnosed and I was 3 years old. I have experienced many challenges and heartbreaks…

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Ever Wondered What the Letters After Your Therapist’s Name Mean?

LMFTLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist These fully licensed clinicians have completed their Master's Degree, have sat for their State Licensing exam, and completed over 3000 hours of counseling services. LMFTs typically specialize in relationships, sex, marriage, and family issues. LPCLicensed Professional Counselor These fully licensed clinicians have completed their Master's Degree, have sat for their State Licensing exam, and completed over 3000 hours of counseling services. LPCs typically specialize in individual mental health issues. LCSWLicensed Clinical Social Worker These fully licensed clinicians have completed their Master's Degree, have sat for…

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Understanding Your Emotional Pursuer

Pursuers: "What's it like when you want more and you can't get it? What's it like to work so hard and see your partner walking away from you?" We know it feels unfair and want to help you see how your push might be driving your partner away! Get vulnerable for your own sake. Sex therapist and author Laurie Watson, together with expert, couples therapist and author George Faller delve into the world of the Emotional Pursuer to help you resolve your relationship conflicts with smart moves. Listen to the…

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How to Understand Your Emotional Withdrawer

Do you have a partner that pulls away when conversations get intense? Are you the partner that needs to pull away to take a breather? Learn why your withdrawing partner feels they are keeping you safer by shutting down. Understand what is good and useful about withdrawing behavior. Hear George walk Laurie through a better way to help her husband feel safe about opening up in a personal example. Sex therapist and author Laurie Watson, together with expert, couples therapist and author George Faller delve into the world of the…

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Emotional Laws are the Answer for Better Relationships

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTZgfyOW-DAInterpersonal relationships represent probably one of the most complicated ideas that have troubled the human mind. Whether it's aristocracy, models, professional athletes or every day couples they all face the same difficulty of making their relationships work. Diana Wais talks about how "we are all the same" and how we respond with criticism when we feel threatened by words. However, it is important to "respond to the other person's need with empathy", she said. It is difficult to understand when you are being emotional and when irrational. Her most valid…

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The Upside of Anger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfcQaXG_Qhs We often assume any expression of anger is negative and irrational. In fact, many believe we would be better off without anger as an emotion. However, more and more social and evolutionary psychologists, brain scientists, and mental health professionals are suggesting anger has valuable qualities and can be beneficial to the human condition. In this Ted Talk, Ryan Martin, a psychologist, talks about how anger is there to tell us something important-- and we should view it as a healthy force for good. There are many benefits of anger:…

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Why We Experience Social Anxiety

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBZyFMd6La4When we experience social anxiety our brain is getting triggered. It is perceiving the situation as a threat just like our ancestors used to feel threatened when facing a tiger. Our brain doesn't know the difference, it just reacts very quickly. We experience fight, flight, or freeze and our nervous system jumps in to try and protect us. The reason we experience anxiety is because the situation is tied to a negative belief such as "I'm not good enough, people don't like me, I'll be made fun of". Our brain…

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