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 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 watch it? As a mental health...

Summer Time Depression

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 contact us! We want...

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...

The Power of Checking In … With Yourself

Most of us say, "hey, how are you?" to at least one person each day. When was the last time you asked yourself that question? How do joy, sadness or frustration feel for you? If you don't know, then it's time to find out. Learning to check in with your emotions can...

Welcome New EWN Therapists!

It makes me so happy to welcome Emily Becker, LMSW, and Christine Frank, LMSW, to EWN! ~Dr. Aletta Christine works with people who suffer from past trauma, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and low self-esteem. Christine is easy-going, friendly, empathetic,...

True Love Is All About How He Helps You Love Yourself

It's not just how you feel about him. It's about how he makes you feel about yourself. It's not about losing yourself in him. It's about becoming true to yourself with him. It's not about how great he is. It's about how great you can become along side him. It's not...

Christmas 2016: A “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Do-over

Yup, times have changed. What used to be considered a cute duet between a couple sharing a winter evening together has a wee bit of an uncomfortable feel these days. I heard about this new version on NPR and thought it was worth a share in case you haven't heard it...

Choose Discomfort

  This quote (one of my favorites) is all about avoidance and procrastination. Avoidance and procrastination, the twin demons of my psyche, generate anxiety and guilt. Dr. Brown offers the antidote to anxiety driven by guilt in her concise, direct way. If I were...

Being Content to Be Okay: A Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving 2016

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." ~Epictetus, Greek philosopher and a very wise guy There are lots of reasons not to be crazy about this holiday. Putting up with kids that aren't yours, in-laws...

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.

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 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 watch it? As a mental health...

Summer Time Depression

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 contact us! We want...

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...

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.