5 New Years Resolutions That Can Make Us Happy

New Year’s resolutions. Just the words make my heart a little sad. What we need is a New Years resolution makeover! A resolution revolution if you will! I propose throwing those negative, judgy, restricting resolutions into the Explore What’s Next...

When Is It The Right Time To Break Up?

Around this time of year, along with the presents and twinkle lights, there are people holding their breath. They are holding their breath because they are in a relationship that isn't working and they're waiting for the right time to break up. If you are one of those...

My 3 Holiday Wishes For All Of Us

All I want for Christmas is to get through this season with some peace of mind, heart, and body. Is that asking too much? Sometimes I wonder. Even with all the tips, I've written about, and the great ones from others that I've read, I still find myself caught up in...

6 Ways How to Manage the Holidays With an Eating Disorder

The holidays can be a stressful time for anyone, but it is especially challenging if you are working to manage the holidays with an eating disorder.  When you have an eating disorder, holiday foods and holiday events with food can be huge triggers. There are a lot of...

6 Articles About Surviving The Holidays

The holidays are great in so many ways. It ranges from spending time with family and loved ones to just taking a break from the daily grind of routine. However sometimes this special time of the year starts to become burdensome and difficult on us and it becomes...

Tips For The Holidays!

The holidays are upon us! No matter if you celebrate Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas or your own Winter Holiday like Festivus, we know that life gets hectic.  Truthfully, it's often fun and sometimes it can also be a stressful time for all of us. We asked the...

4 tips for online dating

Dating has changed drastically over the past generations. Although I have been dating my husband before online dating became popular, thus have never used it, I am a huge advocate for it! In the past, if we looked at married couples, most were from the...

3 Contributions to an Unhappy Marriage

Deciding if and when to go to couples therapy is really tough. We often hear people talk about efforts being “too little, too late.” According to the Gottman Institute (Gottman.com), the average couple waits 6 years before seeking help for marital...

6 things to do when you can’t stop beating yourself up

Having short- and long-term goals is so important! What happens, though, when we don’t meet our goals?  There are times where I work hard all day and don’t meet my goals and I find myself saying, “What is wrong with me? I should have been more efficient!”...

Five Benefits of Therapy for Depression

About 5% of the world’s population suffers from depression at some time. In the US, depression is the leading disability for people between 15 and 45 years of age. The leading disability! That's ahead of cancer and heart disease! Chances are really good that you or...

How to Argue Nicely

Anytime you pair more than one person together there will be occasional problems. This is to be expected. Spouses argue, siblings argue, co-workers disagree and often argue. To a certain extent, the occasional argument is to be expected and is healthy. However, at...

3 tips for parents of a college freshman

Your baby, the one you’ve watched over and cared for the last 17-18+ years, is moving away. You don’t get to see them in the morning before your days start or at night before bedtime. It can feel like a huge loss, especially if this transition is making you an empty...

4 ways to begin to combat social anxiety

Do you get nervous speaking in public? Going to a new group where you might not know anyone? Having to make the dreaded small talk about the weather? Your mind might race, palms might sweat, words might not come out at all or at least not eloquently. We’ve all been...

5 Tips for College Freshman

“The college years are the best years of your life.” Now, I loved college and am nostalgic of the experiences. But I struggled at first--I felt incompetent, awkward, under-experienced, and homesick. Hearing that “college years are the best years” made me sad and...

Dr. Warren Keller’s New Role at Explore What’s Next!

We are so happy and honored to announce Dr. Warren Keller's new role as a consultant to Explore What's Next! For over thirty years, Dr. Keller's work with children and families has been highly esteemed by attorneys, physicians, professional colleagues, parents, and...

Meet Tacianna Indovina, Ph.D.!

Dr. Tacianna Indovina knew that she wanted to be a therapist since she was in high school. From that time, her love and enthusiasm for the healing power of psychotherapy hasn't wavered. It's a good thing for our community that Tacianna is as enthusiastic as ever for...

Explore What’s Next–The Studio Tour 2!

Today I officially received the keys to the new Explore What's Next Studio space! Just last week, when I took this video, it was still being roughed out but you could see how lovely it's going to be. We will take our time moving in and completing the work of making...

Help for Sexual Assault Victims Near Me

If you ever experienced a sexual assault there is help available near you. You do not need to keep those horrible memories in your head. The news during the last few weeks, especially today, may be triggering for anyone who has lived through any terrifying experience,...

Ten Reasons to Try my DBT Skills Group

Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, is all about finding balance in your life.  It’s an excellent way to manage distressing emotions, negative behaviors, and interpersonal relationships.  I have found my group to be very helpful for all kinds of people—from the...

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.

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Is It OK To Cuss In Therapy?

This has happened so many times. I'm working with a client. In the middle of a session, deep in conversation. They let out a  "F&%k" or a "Sh*t!"  after which, as if they had emitted a very loud, involuntary fart, they slap their hand over their mouth. Eyes wide...

Why Try Therapy?

Why try therapy? That's a great question. Let me tell you a story, and then I'll tackle some common objections to trying therapy. I got a free trial of Sirius radio a few years ago when I bought my car. I was changing channels and stumbled upon...

5 Steps To Stop Being The Family Scapegoat

Are you your family's scapegoat? How would you know? Do you find yourself on the defensive a lot? Do you hear stories, first or second hand, from various members of the family about your bad behavior? Stories that are very old, or not true or at best,...

Can Therapy Be Fun?

Can therapy be fun? Therapy is tough work! Some people say they feel exhausted after a counseling session. After all, it often involves talking about feelings and life events that are very difficult. At the same time, it can be fun and humorous! Humor is an important...

Could You Use a Therapist?

There are a lot of people out there who could use a good therapist only they don't know it.  Do you wonder if you could use a therapist’s help but always seem to talk yourself out of it?  You could think you are functioning just fine and still be in need of help. When...

Five Signs that Your Job is Toxic

In my college years,  attaining independence became my primary goal.  To me, independence meant being able to support myself. It seemed like I was working so hard toward one goal: getting a “good job.”  For example, I thought a good job equaled full-time...

Best Blog Articles on Explore What’s Next 2018!

How long can we be wishing each other a Happy New Year? A very hip friend of mine who knows these things answered with confidence, “All the way through January!”Taking this bit of wisdom, I decided it wasn’t too late for a good old fashioned “Best of 2018”...

3 Myths about What it Means to be Strong

There are many myths about what it means to be strong. In a variety of contexts, I hear people say to each other, “you’re so strong.”  Recently, I  heard it when a stoic widow gave the eulogy at her husband’s funeral, when a young boy broke his ankle but...

Four Rules of Engagement

You got engaged over the holidays! Congratulations! That is so exciting! I am very happy for you both. What's next? Wedding planning! Yay! Or is it, Yay? Turning to a pop culture reference I'm reminded of a scene in the movie Bride Wars. The focus finally turns away...

Grieving Around the Holidays

Grieving around the holidays is the norm for many, but it's not just humans who grieve. Jodi Picoult’s “Leaving Time” is one of my favorite books. It’s about a mother-daughter relationship where the mother is an elephant researcher. Already being a huge fan of...

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.

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