Near Me: 5 Parks to Visit After a Therapy Session

Near Me: 5 Parks to Visit After a Therapy Session

Therapy is great, but homework isn’t.  At the end of my last therapy session, my therapist asked “So have you made any more headway in that workbook I recommended?” The smile on my face fell slightly. ‘Shit.’ I, in fact, had not opened that work book in over a...

Depression or Grief: Five ways to give ourselves a break

Depression or Grief: Five ways to give ourselves a break

Here are some things I’ve learned from my experience of crashing and burning and getting back on track again.  Five ways we can give ourselves a break You are not crazy. Stop gaslighting yourself. It’s not mental illness if you are reacting to an event in your...

EMDR Helps To Heal A Painful Past

EMDR Helps To Heal A Painful Past

When healing a painful past event requires more than talking it out, EMDR is there to help Intrusive memories: they can happen to all of us.  You think that you’re over your parents’ divorce from over 20 years ago, but every now and then, and completely out of...

Daughter is a VSCO Girl, What Does That Mean?

Daughter is a VSCO Girl, What Does That Mean?

First of all, don’t panic. It is perfectly normal to be a VSCO girl.  Second of all, I am 26 years old and I just found out about VSCO girls in October. I went into work and one of my colleagues was playfully teasing the other. He turned to me and laughed “Isn’t...

Chronic Illness in the Time of COVID

Chronic Illness in the Time of COVID

In the old movie Broadcast News, the Holly Hunter character, I forget her name, would take time for herself every morning to cry. She just cried. There was no apparent trigger, no reason or justification ever given for why this intelligent, intense, professional woman...

An Interview with Lisa Graziano, Ms, PMHNP-BC MS (Masters of Science), PMHNP-BC (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, board-certified

Lisa Graziano, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Lisa Graziano, MS (Masters of Science), PMHNP-BC (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, board-certified), is a highly experienced and caring therapist. She is also an ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) Board Certified nurse practitioner, and she has...

reopening

RE-OPENING!

AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR EXPLORE WHAT'S NEXT CLIENTS REGARDING RE-OPENING OFFICES! All of us at Explore What’s Next sincerely hope this finds you well. Thank you so much for your patience, flexibility, and resilience during this time of great change. The transition to...

Will Tele-Therapy Work For Me?

Will Tele-Therapy Work For Me?

Throughout the United States and around the world, people are connecting with Explore What’s Next for therapy sessions through tele-sessions. Geography is no longer an obstacle to getting the help you need! Tele-sessions are more like office visits than you think....

Meet Lisa Graziano, PMHNP, for Psychiatric Medication Management @EWN

Meet Lisa Graziano, PMHNP, for Psychiatric Medication Management @EWN

Lisa Graziano, PMHNP Lisa Graziano, MS, PMHNP, is an ANCC board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy for individuals and couples. All services are available through...

DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Group Info

DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Group Info

Explore What’s Next is now recruiting new participants for virtual Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Groups! In the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic, a lot of people are struggling with increased isolation from their loved ones and friends.  Depression,...

COVID-19 Stuck at home? 10 Tips For Parents

COVID-19 Stuck at home? 10 Tips For Parents

Stuck at home?Here are (hopefully) 10 helpful Tips For Parents for you and your family during this time: A snow day (or two) is fun…but more than a few days stuck at home can quickly become overwhelming. Given the current health crisis and closure of schools, many...

Explore What’s Next Speaker Series-Mindy Scime

Explore What’s Next Speaker Series-Mindy Scime

People pleaser is a label I hate. That it is accurate when used to describe me just makes me hate it more. My ability to be a people pleaser was off to an early start when I first impressed my dad with my reading skills. The book was Little Bear by Elsa Holmelund...

The 3 Challenges of Coronavirus Anxiety & What to Do About Them

Coronavirus Anxiety: 3 Challenges & What to Do About Them

Coronavirus. Just the word causes faster heart rates, shorter breaths and queasy stomachs, hallmark signs of anxiety.  There have been many times when I’ve written about our psychological reaction to current affairs on this blog. Game-changing events, natural...

Three Steps To Control Your Anger

Three Steps To Control Your Anger

Anger is a perfectly OK emotion. A natural reaction to feeling threatened, the expression of anger, especially for women, has been given a bad rap. While growing up, I was encouraged to deny my anger, to feel somehow guilty or apologetic for it. Angry women are called...

Dream Made Manifest: The Studio at Explore What’s Next

Dream Made Manifest: The Studio at Explore What’s Next

The Studio at Explore What's Next is a long hoped for dream made manifest.      The dream was to have a place where people, like me, who at some point or other, feel raw and vulnerable, can find a safe haven. In the center of that safe haven, there is the...

The Proposal, The Ring

The Proposal, The Ring

Four months after I met John I proposed marriage to him.  He said, “No. Thank you.”  I was twenty-nine when we met. He was the life partner I had been waiting for. He loved me but he didn’t believe in marriage. OK, I thought, I’ll give him a year. ...

Do I have the winter blues or am I depressed?

Do I have the winter blues or am I depressed?

Ah, the winter blues. As Game of Thrones fans often quote, “Winter is coming.” Most people cherish sunshine and the summer, especially in Buffalo! I know I’m not the only one who is hearing people complain about the colder, darker days that are happening. For many,...

Am I a bad parent for wanting to go back to work?

Am I a bad parent for wanting to go back to work?

I’ve been avoiding writing this post because I’m a first-time parent and I’ve been struggling with some guilt for returning back to work myself. My son is almost three months old and I returned to work part-time after seven weeks. I was, am, and will likely continue...

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.

Archives

Near Me: 5 Parks to Visit After a Therapy Session

Near Me: 5 Parks to Visit After a Therapy Session

Therapy is great, but homework isn’t.  At the end of my last therapy session, my therapist asked “So have you made any more headway in that workbook I recommended?” The smile on my face fell slightly. ‘Shit.’ I, in fact, had not opened that work book in over a...

Depression or Grief: Five ways to give ourselves a break

Depression or Grief: Five ways to give ourselves a break

Here are some things I’ve learned from my experience of crashing and burning and getting back on track again.  Five ways we can give ourselves a break You are not crazy. Stop gaslighting yourself. It’s not mental illness if you are reacting to an event in your...

EMDR Helps To Heal A Painful Past

EMDR Helps To Heal A Painful Past

When healing a painful past event requires more than talking it out, EMDR is there to help Intrusive memories: they can happen to all of us.  You think that you’re over your parents’ divorce from over 20 years ago, but every now and then, and completely out of...

Daughter is a VSCO Girl, What Does That Mean?

Daughter is a VSCO Girl, What Does That Mean?

First of all, don’t panic. It is perfectly normal to be a VSCO girl.  Second of all, I am 26 years old and I just found out about VSCO girls in October. I went into work and one of my colleagues was playfully teasing the other. He turned to me and laughed “Isn’t...

Chronic Illness in the Time of COVID

Chronic Illness in the Time of COVID

In the old movie Broadcast News, the Holly Hunter character, I forget her name, would take time for herself every morning to cry. She just cried. There was no apparent trigger, no reason or justification ever given for why this intelligent, intense, professional woman...

An Interview with Lisa Graziano, Ms, PMHNP-BC MS (Masters of Science), PMHNP-BC (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, board-certified

Lisa Graziano, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Lisa Graziano, MS (Masters of Science), PMHNP-BC (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, board-certified), is a highly experienced and caring therapist. She is also an ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) Board Certified nurse practitioner, and she has...

reopening

RE-OPENING!

AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR EXPLORE WHAT'S NEXT CLIENTS REGARDING RE-OPENING OFFICES! All of us at Explore What’s Next sincerely hope this finds you well. Thank you so much for your patience, flexibility, and resilience during this time of great change. The transition to...

Will Tele-Therapy Work For Me?

Will Tele-Therapy Work For Me?

Throughout the United States and around the world, people are connecting with Explore What’s Next for therapy sessions through tele-sessions. Geography is no longer an obstacle to getting the help you need! Tele-sessions are more like office visits than you think....

Meet Lisa Graziano, PMHNP, for Psychiatric Medication Management @EWN

Meet Lisa Graziano, PMHNP, for Psychiatric Medication Management @EWN

Lisa Graziano, PMHNP Lisa Graziano, MS, PMHNP, is an ANCC board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy for individuals and couples. All services are available through...

DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Group Info

DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Group Info

Explore What’s Next is now recruiting new participants for virtual Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Groups! In the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic, a lot of people are struggling with increased isolation from their loved ones and friends.  Depression,...

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.

Archives