Is it Really Binge Eating?  5 Ways to Tell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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....

7 Rules for Living Well with Chronic Illness – The Book!

This book tells my story about coming to grips with not just one, but two chronic illnesses. In my early twenties I was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disease that usually affects young boys. Weird. Then in my thirties, I came down with scleroderma....

Five Ways to Know if DBT is for You

Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, is being used more and more by therapists across the board.  Why? DBT works. It promotes new growth that you can see in your everyday life. It helps shift a person’s perspective toward acceptance.  DBT teaches specific...

Are You A REAL Doctor?

Are You A REAL Doctor?

HI, Everybody! Happy Weekend! Today I'd like to share with you a comment from a reader of The Rise and Fall of Weight Gain and Prednisone. This article is the most commented-on post on the blog – for good reason. So many people, innocent, law-abiding citizens, get hit...

Six Ways to Talk About Sexting with Your Teen

Six Ways to Talk About Sexting with Your Teen

Sexting…that’s a scary word, isn’t it?  The mere mention of it is enough to rattle any parent, for a couple reasons.  First, no one wants to think about their child sending revealing photos, or sexualized messages to other people.  Parents worry about this, and...

9 Emotional Intelligence Tips for Young Children

As an adjunct instructor at Medaille College, I have had the opportunity to teach a variety of courses that (I hope) influence future professionals in a positive way. Teaching is definitely mutually beneficial, as it also enhances my own clinical work. This semester,...

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

Quick! What comes to mind? Going for an advanced degree? Diving off the high dive? Learn to speak French? Ask that cute boy out? Wear that dress in that bold color? Quit that soul-killing job? When I see people frozen in their anxiety I often ask this question. I...

8 Reasons Why A Second Therapist Completes Psychological Assessment

Throughout my training, I noticed that many mental health practitioners identify themself as an “assessment person” or a “therapy person.” Although it is possible for one person to do both, it can be hard to blend the two skills when working with individual clients....

You’ve Been Ghosted!  5 Things to Do Next

Being ghosted is a new concept that has emerged from modern day dating, and it’s not here for the better.  How do you know that you’ve been ghosted? Maybe you’ve been going out with someone pretty regularly for weeks, or even months.  You’ve been having a...

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Interview With Tacianna Indovina

Interview With Tacianna Indovina

Tacianna Indovina, Ph.D., has been working at Explore What’s Next, located in the Buffalo region of New York, since October 2018. Her position at Explore What’s Next allows Tacianna to specialize in helping teens, young adults, and couples cope with interpersonal...

Explore Yoga + Meditation Classes @Explore What’s Next

Explore Yoga + Meditation @Explore What’s Next

The Studio @Explore What's Next announces *free* yoga classes on Saturdays at 11:00AM-12:00PM starting this Saturday May 18th! Join us for a gentle Vinyasa flow with an introduction to mindful meditation, lead by HEALBflo’s Cheryl Erbacher! ❤️ HEAL...

The Dark Side of Mother’s Day

6 Dark Sides of Mother’s Day

Let's not deny that there can be a dark, bittersweet side to Mothers' Day. As illustrated so simply and beautifully by the artist Mari Andrew, there are often complex stories behind any given person's experience of Mother's Day. Several of the therapists at Explore...

My Day As A Psychologist Lobbyist

My Day As A Psychologist Lobbyist

The word 'lobbyist' does not stimulate Quixotic images of inspired professionals setting out to protect the citizenry for the greater good. 'Lobbyist' usually brings up quite the opposite reaction, like a bad smell suddenly entering the room. And yet, yesterday I...

Redefining Self-Care via Women’s Health Magazine

Redefining Self-Care via Women’s Health Magazine

Late last January I got an email from a senior editor at Women’s Health magazine, Marissa Gainsburg. Hi, I hope this email finds you well! I'm the senior editor at Women's Health magazine, and I'm hoping to connect with you for a story. I'm working on a personal essay...

A Chat with Nicole Brown About Bringing Home Baby

A Chat with Nicole Brown About Bringing Home Baby

Having joined Explore What’s Next relatively recently, I’m still getting to know my esteemed colleagues. I had the privilege of meeting Nicole Brown for coffee this past week to get to know her and her path to becoming a specialist in perinatal mental...

Bringing Baby Home!

Bringing Baby Home!

Bringing Baby Home is an uplifting educational program for pregnant couples & families with children up to three years of age. It's good for parents which makes it good for the baby! Win-win! Created by relationship experts, Drs. John & Julie...

What Exactly is Mindfulness?

What Exactly is Mindfulness?

What exactly is mindfulness? The term “mindfulness”  increasingly is thrown around in the mainstream media. Because it can take on so many meanings, fully grasping it and integrating it is difficult.  Essentially, mindfulness is the process of bringing our attention...

Eight Eating Disorder Myth Busters

Eight Eating Disorder Myth Busters

I remember first learning about eating disorders in middle school.  They were presented as disorders that tend to impact a particular type of person: affluent, white, adolescent, female.  Looking back on eighth-grade health class, it was all very black and white: you...

We’re All Faking It: Tips to Manage Imposter Syndrome

We’re All Faking It: Tips to Manage Imposter Syndrome

We're all faking it. Really. When I got to grad school, I looked around and saw accomplished, eloquent, and well-established men and women. Instead of feeling excited about being able to learn from and get to know these people, I felt flooded with feelings of...

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