What Is Therapy?

What is therapy? I'm going to assume this question is about psychotherapy, not massage therapy, aromatherapy or speech, physical, occupational or art therapy. Although all therapies have this in common: they are methods of treatment to fix something that isn't right....

Experience Essential Oils With Dr. Colleen!

Dr. Colleen Conjerti is hosting a workshop later this month to introduce you to the wonders of essential oils. Here is an interview we had earlier about her enthusiasm in the use of essential oils. /Dr. Aletta How long have you used essential oils? For about five...

5 Blog Posts Just In Time For the Holidays

Last week I was invited to speak to a group about how to deal with stress during the holidays. As per usual with talks about stress, we quickly got down to the real issue of stress during the holidays: Difficult People. It is a fact of life that the people we are tied...

6 Ways To Raise Kind Children

  Be kind yourself. That's the start. I think we can all agree on that, right? Not as easy as it sounds, especially if we did not grow up with the greatest role models. My husband grew up with yellers. I grew up with the weaponized cold shoulder. Both really...

Sexual Assault: Who Do You Believe?

When it comes to the sexual assault/harassment awakening in America, it takes effort to find a corner of our lives that it doesn't touch. If you're a man, a woman, a parent, a young person, older one, a supervisor, a line worker, a political leader, a voter. If you...

You’ve Come To A Safe Place

A few months ago, after a tough week, I went to the barn for a bit of rest and relaxation and found fellowship. Patty, a longtime boarder and friend of Maple Row Farm, was celebrating Vito's Gotcha Day; the day she got Vito, a handsome pure-white Warmblood, fourteen...

A Recipe To Stay Sane In An Insane World

My first impulse is to bury my head in the sand but it's really hard to eat ice cream that way. Second impulse is to read and watch the news; everything related to the troubles: what is going on with the crazy rhetoric about nuclear war, neo-nazis violently attacking...

5 Benefits of Therapy

"A good therapist helps you problem solve, reality check and be accountable,with nurturance, in an environment of emotional and physical safety." /Dr. Aletta "Good therapy encourages increased self-awareness." /Emily Becker, LMSW "Good therapy gives you...

LGBT Rights Are Human Rights

Long ago under an administration far, far, away (just a year ago!?) we celebrated when the Pentagon lifted the ban on transgender people serving in the military. On Wednesday we woke up to this...  Then we got this news alert... Justice Department Argues that 1064...

To The Bone: Should You Watch That New Eating Disorder Movie?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=705yRfs6Dbs watch to the bone... or not The release of To The Bone, an original feature film on Netflix about a young woman with anorexia nervosa, has generated a lot of attention. Is it triggering? Is it thinspiration? Should you even...

Summer Time Depression

Summertime Anxiety Dealing with summertime anxiety and depression is a lot like dealing with a summer flu. Feeling freaked out or down is never convenient but somehow when it's sunny and warm out it's even worse! Here are some tips to walk it back from the edge. Then...

My Baby Driver

My son was granted a driving permit three days after his sixteenth birthday. My attempt to teach him to drive began the following weekend. We set out to practice in an empty parking lot on a quiet Sunday afternoon. We both would have preferred to be elsewhere. Those...

Is My Teen Moody or Depressed? 5 Ways to Tell.

It is not unusual for adolescents to experience emotional highs and lows as they move through this challenging phase of life. Parents need to be aware of the differences between “normal” moodiness and stress, and what constitutes a mental health issue. When parents...

Meet Nicole Chumsky, your Mindfulness Hike Leader

This week I registered to take part in Nicole's Mindfulness Hike Retreat in July. As an associate at Explore What's Next, Nicole has deepened her knowledge and clinical practice in mindfulness-based psychotherapy, meditation, and is working on her trauma-informed yoga...

Our Moms Before They Were Moms

On the morning after the long night of my Mother's death, my brother-in-law, who couldn't be with us, sent us this photo. My siblings and I gathered around the computer and stared at my Mom's youthful face in silence for a long time. Greg gave us a priceless gift we...

Know Thy Selfie

In my last post I wrote about the importance of checking in with yourself emotionally; however, emotions are only one piece of self-awareness. “Know thyself,” asks a bigger question. This bit of wisdom from ancient Greece is often attributed to Socrates, but is likely...

5 Reasons *Not* To Go To Therapy

Being a therapist for 25+ years I've heard all sorts of reasons why people don't go to therapy. Here are the top 5 reasons I hear people say they don't go to therapy. I'm not that depressed, stressed, anxious, fill in the blank.  I know what's wrong with me. I should...

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.

What Is Therapy?

What is therapy? I'm going to assume this question is about psychotherapy, not massage therapy, aromatherapy or speech, physical, occupational or art therapy. Although all therapies have this in common: they are methods of treatment to fix something that isn't right....

Experience Essential Oils With Dr. Colleen!

Dr. Colleen Conjerti is hosting a workshop later this month to introduce you to the wonders of essential oils. Here is an interview we had earlier about her enthusiasm in the use of essential oils. /Dr. Aletta How long have you used essential oils? For about five...

5 Blog Posts Just In Time For the Holidays

Last week I was invited to speak to a group about how to deal with stress during the holidays. As per usual with talks about stress, we quickly got down to the real issue of stress during the holidays: Difficult People. It is a fact of life that the people we are tied...

6 Ways To Raise Kind Children

  Be kind yourself. That's the start. I think we can all agree on that, right? Not as easy as it sounds, especially if we did not grow up with the greatest role models. My husband grew up with yellers. I grew up with the weaponized cold shoulder. Both really...

Sexual Assault: Who Do You Believe?

When it comes to the sexual assault/harassment awakening in America, it takes effort to find a corner of our lives that it doesn't touch. If you're a man, a woman, a parent, a young person, older one, a supervisor, a line worker, a political leader, a voter. If you...

You’ve Come To A Safe Place

A few months ago, after a tough week, I went to the barn for a bit of rest and relaxation and found fellowship. Patty, a longtime boarder and friend of Maple Row Farm, was celebrating Vito's Gotcha Day; the day she got Vito, a handsome pure-white Warmblood, fourteen...

A Recipe To Stay Sane In An Insane World

My first impulse is to bury my head in the sand but it's really hard to eat ice cream that way. Second impulse is to read and watch the news; everything related to the troubles: what is going on with the crazy rhetoric about nuclear war, neo-nazis violently attacking...

5 Benefits of Therapy

"A good therapist helps you problem solve, reality check and be accountable,with nurturance, in an environment of emotional and physical safety." /Dr. Aletta "Good therapy encourages increased self-awareness." /Emily Becker, LMSW "Good therapy gives you...

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.