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Author: Debbie Woodall Carroll

dealing with stress and anxiety

Managing Anxiety

With the Coronavirus has come a lot of fear and worry.  The news is full of stories in the US and throughout the world about the havoc it is causing.  In Ohio, like other states, we have been ordered to stay at home, at least until the beginning of April.  No school, no work outside the home, no play dates…

I Believe

I believe I am a good person.  I believe I am a bad person. I believe I am smart.  I believe I am dumb.  I believe I am pretty.  I believe I am ugly.  What do you believe about yourself, and why it matters.   Have you ever slowed yourself down long enough to really pay attention to how you…

Shame, Shame, Shame

Shame is a small word.  There are only 5 letters in this word.  However, this small word sure can wreak havoc and cause HUGE emotional problems!  Shame is what we feel about ourselves when we feel we have done something terrible and feel badly about ourselves.  It can lead to self-loathing and a belief of not deserving forgiveness.  Humiliation, isolation,…

The Relationship Between Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors

Have you ever wondered why you keep repeating a specific behavior or why you experience feelings the way you do?  If so, I am here to shed some light on this by explaining the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors.  This is also known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – simplified.   First, let’s define these terms.  Thoughts are ideas, attitudes…

Do I Hear You Now?

In my practice I often hear couples complain about having the same conversations over and over. The same things get repeated and both are left feeling frustrated and unheard. This leads to emotional disconnect. Usually the reason for this is that both are focused on what they have to say, not on what the other is trying to express.  …

Going to the Extreme

When you are thinking about a situation, do you notice if your thoughts are going to the extreme?  Do you tend to catastrophize or assume the worst?  Do you often think in “What if?” terms?  If you said yes, you are not alone!   Most of us tend to think about the worst-case scenario when contemplating a problem.  And I…

Time For Some Spring Cleaning!

Historically, Spring has been a time for cleaning out what we no longer want or need.  It is a time for deep cleaning our houses, clearing away the cobwebs and adding fresh air to our homes.  So why not take advantage of this renewing time of year to clean out what no longer serves us emotionally?  Yes, do some spring…