What is Health Psychology?

Most of us have had the experience at one time or another of leaving an appointment with a physician feeling completely overwhelmed by what we have just gone through; from not understanding the medical language of your provider or not recalling the information shared...

What Is Meditation?

Meditation can be done in many different places, lots of different ways. So many times we think of meditation requiring a dark room with a single candle burning with the smell of sandalwood incense, and chimes in the background. While that's cool, meditation doesn't...

Meet Dr. Shannon King!

Shannon King, PsyD Explore What's Next is proud to announce the newest member of our team, Dr. Shannon King. Dr. King specializes in Health Psychology. Growing evidence supports that the mind influences physical health by affecting the way we experience medical...

Take a Tour! Explore What’s Next: The Studio

Take a tour of Explore What's Next: The Studio! Still rough but taking shape! The Studio has been Dr. Aletta's dream for many years. It was developed to put into practice our belief that good mental health and psychotherapy is enhanced with nurturing, evidence-based...

5 Steps to Change Our Fast Food Habit

Sunday's are for sleeping just enough to feel indulgent, fixing a yummy hot breakfast (eggs and cornbread! Yum!) and diving into the Sunday Times. The top story in the Sunday Review section, usually a space to find analysis about the latest political snafu, was "Is...

A Mom’s Thoughts on Her Son’s Graduation

Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed.  ~Erma Bombeck Erma is talking about graduation from college but she describes so well how moms and...

I had a fight with my husband. Again.

Sunday night I left the dining room table abruptly. "Are you angry?" my husband asked. "No, I'm not angry," I replied through gritted teeth. "OK, good," he said. With my back to him, I rolled my eyes and fumed. The rest of the evening was very quiet. I watched some...

Is it Really Binge Eating?  5 Ways to Tell

All of us have eaten too much at one point or another. Super Bowl Sunday or Thanksgiving Dinner comes to mind. However, Binge-Eating Disorder (BED) is different from periodic binging or overeating. Binge-Eating Disorder is a serious, but treatable mental health...

Climbing the Hill of Anxiety

This metaphor for anxiety is not original to me. I stole it from a speaker at a CBT workshop a gazillion years ago. Hill of Anxiety Imagine you are at the bottom of a big hill and you want to get to the other side, only there is something very scary at the top of the...

7 Steps to get to the Good Divorce

A good divorce is not always possible. In my experience do not expect a good divorce when one or both spouses have had an affair. That level of hurt is rarely mendable. When it can be done, it's wonderful but usually, no. What makes a good divorce? What is the...

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....

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.

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...

Mindful Movement

Mindfulness is probably a word you’ve heard a lot in recent years. It is linked with the eastern philosophies of yoga and meditation, yet it is a practice in its own right.  Benefits of mindfulness include decreased stress, increased emotional regulation, management...

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...

5 Ways to Leave Your Lover

An accomplished, smart, beautiful woman sits across from me in my office. She tells me about her relationship, the one she appears to be in but her boyfriend doesn’t. She has tried to leave him, she assures me (and herself) but every time she manages to walk out that...

4 Self-Care Tips When You Lose Your Beloved Pet

More Than Pets... Companions A few weeks ago we lost a horse at Maple Row Farm. Losing a horse makes the entire barn sad, even when it's expected. We don't call our horses 'pets'; to call a horse a pet just seems weird. But they are deeply loved animal companions....

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.