4 Bad Habits Artists (And We Are All Artists!) Must Break

4 Bad Habits Artists (And We Are All Artists!) Must Break

I’ve recently embraced being an artist. Overall it’s been a mind-blowing journey but, me being me, it doesn’t take long for the path to be filled with rocks covered in anti-affirmation messages like: ‘You failed!’ Or, ‘You call yourself an artist?! Haha!’ Which brings...

The frog in the pot revisited

The frog in the pot revisited

Over time, the ability to adapt in the face of adversity, resiliency, a quality we assume is a good one, turns into a liability.

Procrastinating the Dreaded Tax Filing

Procrastinating the Dreaded Tax Filing

When I start to think about tax preparation, usually New Year’s Day, there’s a chipmunk in my stomach that wakes up to rummage around, causing mild anxiety. Then the sarcastic, critical voice in my head starts in… “Yeah, I told you! The time to begin tax prep is in...

Choose Discomfort

Choose Discomfort

Choose Discomfort Over Resentment Brené Brown 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...

3 Steps to Being Happier Right Now

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...

Anxiety

Struggling With Anxiety

Do you find yourself experiencing racing thoughts of worry and fear for the future or the unknown that feel out of your control? Have you caught yourself in a social setting feel overcome with terror or felt on edge? Is it hard for you to sit still and relax?  Do...

6 Ways to Live a Healthy Life with PTSD

6 Ways to Live a Healthy Life with PTSD

Text reads… 6 Ways to Live a Healthy Life with PTSD… explore what’s next, Dr. Kendal Vaarwerk with a teal ribbon which is a symbol of awareness and support for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Sand Tray Therapy 

Sand Tray Therapy 

Have you ever had one of those days where you don’t want to talk about that thing that is eating you up but want to get it off your chest differently? Have you ever come to talk therapy and realized you aren’t sure where to start that day? Sand tray intervention or...

5 Essential Tips For Overcoming Life’s Challenges

5 Essential Tips For Overcoming Life’s Challenges

How To Handle Things When Everything Is Hard On the edge of Bryant Park on 42nd Street, behind the Fifth Avenue New York City Library with the resting lions in front, there’s a restaurant. An assistant editor from Glamour and I walked over from her office in the...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 

When we think about trauma and traumatic experiences, we often think about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Now, it is important to state that not everyone who has experienced trauma experiences PTSD as a result. One’s response to trauma may be present only...

How to tell someone to go to therapy

How to tell someone to go to therapy

The decade of my twenties was a shit show. When I heard the term “quarter-life crisis” I thought, yeah, I had that and then some. Sudden serious illness had me in and out of the hospital. That, plus a genetic predisposition for mood disorder (think depression,...

Trauma and Memory 

Trauma and Memory 

Trauma is like a tattoo that never fades. Imprinted into our very bodies.  Trauma leaves a lasting impact on our immune system, autonomic nervous system, and our memory. This impact on memory can truly propel the sufferer back to the very moment of trauma. ...

Doing the Unthinkable – Going Offline

Doing the Unthinkable – Going Offline

"The biggest source of stress inmy life is the screen, the blogging."  ~Jessica Valenti, founder and editor ofFeministing.com Editor's Note: While the website being quoted in this blog post (Feministing.com) may have ceased publishing, it is essential to...

8 Ways to Combat Anxious Thoughts 

8 Ways to Combat Anxious Thoughts 

Anxiety, Worry and fear are emotions that everybody feels. Whether that is worrying about your family, finances, or health concerns. Everybody worries, but when this worry becomes consuming, consistent, and persistent it may impact your daily life. These feelings of...

Finding The Right Therapy for You Even if it’s Not CBT

Finding The Right Therapy for You Even if it’s Not CBT

Okay, okay, I know that everyone is pushing or hearing about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and why you should engage with a CBT-trained therapist. So why the hype?  Well, as a CBT-trained therapist, I can tell you that a ton of research supports this treatment, and at...

5 Ways to Play With Your Kid

5 Ways to Play With Your Kid

Play provides enjoyment, curiosity, excitement, diversion, and allows us to be fun and silly. Beyond the fun and games, play is important! Play allows children to learn about themselves and others, explore their own interests, be creative, and try on different roles,...

The Importance of Unstructured Play in Childhood Development

The Importance of Unstructured Play in Childhood Development

Once upon a time, in a small suburban neighborhood, there lived a young girl named Lily. She resided in a quaint house on Elm Street, where her life was consumed by a whirlwind of structured activities and endless lessons. From the moment she woke up until the late...

Community Health and Advocacy Conference

Community Health and Advocacy Conference

Explore What's Next is a psychotherapy practice located in Western New York that stands out from other regional practices due to our support on trauma prevention and community intervention. As a forward-looking and proactive organization, we believe in looking towards...

Nine Essestials Of True Love

Nine Essestials Of True Love

  Nine Essentials of True Love How do I know this is True Love? We come to this question from a million different directions. Maybe we think we’re in love for the first time and we have nothing to compare it to. Maybe we had no role models growing up. Maybe we...

Word of the Year: Part Two Gaslighting Relationships

Word of the Year: Part Two Gaslighting Relationships

Editor's Note: If you arrived here without reading Word Of The Year, Gaslighting part one, that's fine; however, you may want to check it out for some of the back stories on Gaslighting Relationships and why it's such an important issue for you to know. Still with me?...

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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4 Bad Habits Artists (And We Are All Artists!) Must Break

4 Bad Habits Artists (And We Are All Artists!) Must Break

I’ve recently embraced being an artist. Overall it’s been a mind-blowing journey but, me being me, it doesn’t take long for the path to be filled with rocks covered in anti-affirmation messages like: ‘You failed!’ Or, ‘You call yourself an artist?! Haha!’ Which brings...

The frog in the pot revisited

The frog in the pot revisited

Over time, the ability to adapt in the face of adversity, resiliency, a quality we assume is a good one, turns into a liability.

Procrastinating the Dreaded Tax Filing

Procrastinating the Dreaded Tax Filing

When I start to think about tax preparation, usually New Year’s Day, there’s a chipmunk in my stomach that wakes up to rummage around, causing mild anxiety. Then the sarcastic, critical voice in my head starts in… “Yeah, I told you! The time to begin tax prep is in...

Choose Discomfort

Choose Discomfort

Choose Discomfort Over Resentment Brené Brown 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...

3 Steps to Being Happier Right Now

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...

Anxiety

Struggling With Anxiety

Do you find yourself experiencing racing thoughts of worry and fear for the future or the unknown that feel out of your control? Have you caught yourself in a social setting feel overcome with terror or felt on edge? Is it hard for you to sit still and relax?  Do...

6 Ways to Live a Healthy Life with PTSD

6 Ways to Live a Healthy Life with PTSD

Text reads… 6 Ways to Live a Healthy Life with PTSD… explore what’s next, Dr. Kendal Vaarwerk with a teal ribbon which is a symbol of awareness and support for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Sand Tray Therapy 

Sand Tray Therapy 

Have you ever had one of those days where you don’t want to talk about that thing that is eating you up but want to get it off your chest differently? Have you ever come to talk therapy and realized you aren’t sure where to start that day? Sand tray intervention or...

5 Essential Tips For Overcoming Life’s Challenges

5 Essential Tips For Overcoming Life’s Challenges

How To Handle Things When Everything Is Hard On the edge of Bryant Park on 42nd Street, behind the Fifth Avenue New York City Library with the resting lions in front, there’s a restaurant. An assistant editor from Glamour and I walked over from her office in the...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 

When we think about trauma and traumatic experiences, we often think about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Now, it is important to state that not everyone who has experienced trauma experiences PTSD as a result. One’s response to trauma may be present only...

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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