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Sleep Disorders

As the world of Counseling Services changes, words like journaling, mindfulness, relaxation and cognitive-behavior are heard more often, specifically in relation to sleep disturbances. Today counseling professionals are defining best practices in this area – supported by new scientific research and journalism. The most prominent advances have been in the area of Cognitive-behavior. Cognitive behavioral …

Halloween Fears

As Halloween approaches parents across the country are rushing out to find the perfect costume. Although the Cartoon Network licensed costumes are some of the more popular, vampires, witches, monsters, Power Rangers, Superman, Ironman and Ninja Turtles also make the list. Selecting the perfect costume can be a fun family event, yet many parents head …

Effective Communication

By Tammy “That’s not what I said.” Can you remember the number of times there has been an argument and one or both persons has said this phrase. Were there feelings of frustration or anger? Did the argument escalate as each person tried to correct the misinterpreted statement(s)? Statements of disbelief tossed back and forth …

An Exploration of Adaptive and Maladaptive Perfectionism as it Relates to Intimate Relationships

By Sara Perfectionism is the desire to be faultless, a fear of imperfection, equating errors as personal defect, and viewing perfection as the only route to personal acceptance (Greenspon, 2008). Generally, perfectionism tends to be viewed in a negative context; however, perfectionism has two aspects. Castro-Fornieles et al. (2007) defined perfectionism as “a personality characteristic …