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4 Ways to Deal with Social Anxiety at Work

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 15 million U.S. Americans, or 6.8% of the population, suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). SAD, also sometimes referred to as social phobia, is an intense fear of social situations. The sufferer believes they could become humiliated and embarrass themselves somehow in front of other people. They tend to focus on...[ read more ]

How to Set Healthy Boundaries

Relationships can only be healthy when both people have the space to be themselves and maintain their personal integrity. Sadly, many people find themselves in relationships, romantic and otherwise, with people who do not respect boundaries and feel entitled to have their needs met regardless of the other person’s. These people most likely grew up in households that were unsafe...[ read more ]

Fighting Loneliness During Quarantine

Not many of us have ever experienced the kind of isolation that this COVID-19 pandemic has brought about. While quarantine for some has been a welcomed break from the hustle and bustle of life and a chance to spend more quality time with the family, for others it has been an incredibly lonely experience away from coworkers, friends, and those...[ read more ]

10 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety can be debilitating, and many people still associate it with fear and weakness. You probably feel embarrassed to admit that you have it; I know I did. Growing up, I was an aspiring actress and often found myself on stage in school plays, singing in the school choir, and competing on oratory teams. But in my early twenties, something...[ read more ]

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Mental Health Therapist

By: Sara Y. Arce, MPA, LMHC, CAP Are you having difficulty finding the right therapist? Research shows that the most important determinant of progress in therapy is the relationship between the client and their therapist. Having spent my career in mental health counseling and having sought counseling myself, I know that not finding the right therapist can be detrimental to...[ read more ]

Who am I now that I’ve changed?

"There is nothing scarier than not knowing what the future holds for you. Except the feeling of not knowing who you are anymore." - S.A. There are many reasons why a person may feel like they've lost their identity. Commonly a major life change like separation or loss causes one's life plan to come into question. Now that the other person is no longer...[ read more ]

Harm Reduction vs. Abstinence Based Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders

By: Sara Y. Arce, LMHC, CAP Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD) affect 17 million american's; 11.2 million men, 5.7 million women and 855,000 adolescents ages 12–17. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2012) Some of the characteristics of an AUD include drinking more than one intended to, difficulty stopping or reducing the use, continued drinking despite negative consequences and symptoms of withdrawal or cravings...[ read more ]

What is anxiety and what should I do about it?

Have you ever struggled with a major change in your life? Has a loved one passed on? Ended a relationship that was difficulty for you to move on from? Do the bills seem to be pilling up and is making the ends meet getting harder? Life can sometimes be challenging and worry or fear may keep you up at night...[ read more ]

Can I really change?

By: Sara Y. Arce, LMHC, CAP There is no question you can change. The real questions you should be asking yourself are “do you want to change?” and “what is it that really matters to you?”. There are many widely accepted theories on the process of change and what causes people to make lasting change. In my experience, in order...[ read more ]

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