3 Steps to Being Happier Right Now

“To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections.” ~Dogen Zenji  You are not perfect. I am not perfect. We are whole and connected in our imperfection and that is a good thing. I'm just going to cut to the chase here because...

The Initial Psych Consult

When we first meet a new potential client for The Initial Psych Consultation ('psych consult' for short) at Explore What's Next, whether they are depressed, anxious, or a combination of both, they often come to me exhausted and vulnerable, after weeks or months of...

Fight Terrorism by Falling In Love

With the insanity of terrorism, with the fear-mongering in the newspapers and on television taking up so much space in my head, I turned to the Style section of the paper for some distraction. What I found was a little piece about love. Remember the old Huey Lewis and...

Stuff That Hurts

The level of bad news this month has a lot of us gasping. I don't mean to exaggerate at all – I'm serious. June has been an emotional tsunami and we're only in the third week! Kate Spade's Death Hurts On June 5 we heard about Kate Spade's suicide. EWN therapist, Emily...

LGBTQ+ empowered: A Support Group for Teens & Young Adults

Explore What’s Next is excited to announce our newest group:  LGBTQ+ empowered! LGBTQ+ empowered is a six-week support group for teens and young adults. The group will meet one day per week for an hour and fifteen minutes at our Delaware Ave. Office with group...

EWN Favorite Things at the Buffalo Pride Festival!

Last Saturday, Explore What's Next had a table under the big vendor tent at the Buffalo Pride Festival. From the moment we drove up to the gate into the Pride Village we were welcomed with open arms. I barely had time to park the car before three Pride volunteers in...

Remembering Kate Spade

I learned of Kate Spade’s suicide at the start of a client session. “Oh my God,” said my client, showing me her Twitter feed, “Kate Spade is dead. They think it was suicide.” Then she added, “if this can happen to her what chance do the rest of us have?” Many people...

Exploring LGBTQ+ Empowerment

Explore What’s Next is celebrating 2018 Buffalo Pride with the LGBTQ community and their allies this weekend!  We are looking forward to watching the Pride Parade this Sunday, beginning at Elmwood Ave and Forest Ave, and ending at Elmwood Ave and Allen St....

7 Rules for Living Well with Chronic Illness – The Book!

This book tells my story about coming to grips with not just one, but two chronic illnesses. In my early twenties I was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disease that usually affects young boys. Weird. Then in my thirties, I came down with scleroderma....

Five Ways to Know if DBT is for You

Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, is being used more and more by therapists across the board.  Why? DBT works. It promotes new growth that you can see in your everyday life. It helps shift a person’s perspective toward acceptance.  DBT teaches specific...

Five Tips for Talking to Your Son About Puberty

Puberty can be a tricky topic of conversation with your child.  For one thing, your son might feel awkward talking through physical changes with a parent.  It can also be difficult to accept that your son is growing up and becoming a sexual being. Puberty starts...

Are You A REAL Doctor?

HI, Everybody! Happy Weekend! Today I'd like to share with you a comment from a reader of The Rise and Fall of Weight Gain and Prednisone. This article is the most commented-on post on the blog – for good reason. So many people, innocent, law-abiding citizens, get hit...

Six Ways to Talk About Sexting with Your Teen

Sexting…that’s a scary word, isn’t it?  The mere mention of it is enough to rattle any parent, for a couple reasons.  First, no one wants to think about their child sending revealing photos, or sexualized messages to other people.  Parents worry about this, and...

9 Emotional Intelligence Tips for Young Children

As an adjunct instructor at Medaille College, I have had the opportunity to teach a variety of courses that (I hope) influence future professionals in a positive way. Teaching is definitely mutually beneficial, as it also enhances my own clinical work. This semester,...

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

Quick! What comes to mind? Going for an advanced degree? Diving off the high dive? Learn to speak French? Ask that cute boy out? Wear that dress in that bold color? Quit that soul-killing job? When I see people frozen in their anxiety I often ask this question. I...

8 Reasons Why A Second Therapist Completes Psychological Assessment

Throughout my training, I noticed that many mental health practitioners identify themself as an “assessment person” or a “therapy person.” Although it is possible for one person to do both, it can be hard to blend the two skills when working with individual clients....

You’ve Been Ghosted!  5 Things to Do Next

Being ghosted is a new concept that has emerged from modern day dating, and it’s not here for the better.  How do you know that you’ve been ghosted? Maybe you’ve been going out with someone pretty regularly for weeks, or even months.  You’ve been having a...

Five Tips to Manage Senioritis

Senioritis is what we call a condition experienced by students in their senior year of high school, or even college.  It’s when there is a shocking dip in motivation, the feeling of being “done,” or burned out, and the student is putting in less effort into their...

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Discernment is a word you don't hear very often these days. It means applying judgment and understanding to discern, or separate out, the elements in a confusing situation (i.e. hot mess). Darci Cramer, Ph.D., a seasoned family and marriage therapist,...

4 Reasons Why Your Child Needs a Psychological Assessment

About ten years ago, I was entering the education field as a newly graduated special education teacher, with a basic understanding of the concept “psychological assessment.” Before then, I worked with children, adolescents and families as a swim instructor, pool...

Explore What’s Next offers psychotherapy, counseling, personal & executive coaching. We provide services for adults, couples, children, adolescents & families in a style that is compassionate, direct, and non-judgmental. Our approach is collaborative to maximize your counseling experience.

3 Steps to Being Happier Right Now

“To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections.” ~Dogen Zenji  You are not perfect. I am not perfect. We are whole and connected in our imperfection and that is a good thing. I'm just going to cut to the chase here because...

The Initial Psych Consult

When we first meet a new potential client for The Initial Psych Consultation ('psych consult' for short) at Explore What's Next, whether they are depressed, anxious, or a combination of both, they often come to me exhausted and vulnerable, after weeks or months of...

Fight Terrorism by Falling In Love

With the insanity of terrorism, with the fear-mongering in the newspapers and on television taking up so much space in my head, I turned to the Style section of the paper for some distraction. What I found was a little piece about love. Remember the old Huey Lewis and...

Stuff That Hurts

The level of bad news this month has a lot of us gasping. I don't mean to exaggerate at all – I'm serious. June has been an emotional tsunami and we're only in the third week! Kate Spade's Death Hurts On June 5 we heard about Kate Spade's suicide. EWN therapist, Emily...

LGBTQ+ empowered: A Support Group for Teens & Young Adults

Explore What’s Next is excited to announce our newest group:  LGBTQ+ empowered! LGBTQ+ empowered is a six-week support group for teens and young adults. The group will meet one day per week for an hour and fifteen minutes at our Delaware Ave. Office with group...

EWN Favorite Things at the Buffalo Pride Festival!

Last Saturday, Explore What's Next had a table under the big vendor tent at the Buffalo Pride Festival. From the moment we drove up to the gate into the Pride Village we were welcomed with open arms. I barely had time to park the car before three Pride volunteers in...

Remembering Kate Spade

I learned of Kate Spade’s suicide at the start of a client session. “Oh my God,” said my client, showing me her Twitter feed, “Kate Spade is dead. They think it was suicide.” Then she added, “if this can happen to her what chance do the rest of us have?” Many people...

Exploring LGBTQ+ Empowerment

Explore What’s Next is celebrating 2018 Buffalo Pride with the LGBTQ community and their allies this weekend!  We are looking forward to watching the Pride Parade this Sunday, beginning at Elmwood Ave and Forest Ave, and ending at Elmwood Ave and Allen St....

7 Rules for Living Well with Chronic Illness – The Book!

This book tells my story about coming to grips with not just one, but two chronic illnesses. In my early twenties I was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disease that usually affects young boys. Weird. Then in my thirties, I came down with scleroderma....

Five Ways to Know if DBT is for You

Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, is being used more and more by therapists across the board.  Why? DBT works. It promotes new growth that you can see in your everyday life. It helps shift a person’s perspective toward acceptance.  DBT teaches specific...

Explore What’s Next offers psychotherapy, counseling, personal & executive coaching. We provide services for adults, couples, children, adolescents & families in a style that is compassionate, direct, and non-judgmental. Our approach is collaborative to maximize your counseling experience.