Author: Kelly Johnson

Living Courageously: Dealing with Anxiety

According to the anxiety disorders Association of America, over 40 million people in the United States suffer from and anxiety related disorder, which means an overwhelming 20% of the population is dealing with anxiety. Anxiety Disorders can be classified as any of the following Generalized Anxiety Disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Panic Disorder Post-traumatic Stress Disorder social anxiety disorder specific phobias In addition to the 20%, there are thousands of people who struggle with worry and fear daily even though they may not fit into the diagnosis. Anxiety is an addiction to negative thinking about the past or future. It’s amazing...

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How to Gain Self Esteem by Increasing Positive Self Talk

By: Kelly Johnson, Where do we get our self-esteem from, and how do we learn how to gain self esteem? Self-esteem is the reflection of an individual’s overall evaluation of her or his own worth. Everybody at one time or another has struggled with low self confidence. Self-esteem is influenced by our relationships, support systems, parenting styles, childhood, personal assets, perceived successes or failures, and our self-talk. Self-talk and cognitive distortions For the sake of this article, we are going to focus on self-talk. What do I mean by self-talk? Self-talk is the dialogue that goes on inside our...

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Child Abuse Facts: Healing After Sexual Abuse

Have you experienced sexual abuse as a child but you’re not sure whether it was actually sexual abuse? Perhaps you did not say no, or maybe you enjoyed being touched? How pervasive is child sexual abuse? Because of the social stigma that surrounds sexual abuse we do not know exactly how common it is. However, based off of statistics, child abuse articles and reported events it is estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys have experienced some form of sexual abuse by their 18th birthday. Individuals who come into counseling for sexual abuse are often...

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How to Have a Happy Marriage: 10 Tips To Improve Your Relationship With Your Spouse Now

At one time or another, we all get into a rut in our intimate relationships. The spark fades, the conversations lose excitement, and the sex feels routine. We all enter relationships with high expectations of “how it’s going to be,” but reality hits and we soon find ourselves feeling frustrated and disappointed. It is easy to fall in love; it is quite difficult to stay in love, and have a happy marriage. Have you ever seen a couple in their mid 80’s who still have that spark, respect, and openness in their relationship? It is a rare find, but I’ll tell you what, when you see it, it’s a beautiful thing. Here are ten practical tips that you can utilize to improve your relationship now. Some of these tips are adapted from the research gathered by John Ghottman, a word renowned marriage expert. Feel free to leave your comments or additional tips; we would love to hear from you. Give and receive a lot of “Emotional Bids” every day What is an emotional bid? Good question! It is so basic. An emotional bid is a concept developed by Dr. John Ghottman. It’s the building block of emotional connection. A bid is any attempt to keep the relationship moving forward and in a positive direction. Bids can be verbal, nonverbal, physical, or non-physical. A bid needs to be received and...

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Parenting a Teenager: Are you about to pull your hair out?

Do you relate with any of these statements? “I don’t know my daughter anymore. She’s turned into an emotional wreck overnight. I think she is bipolar. We used to have the best relationship; what went wrong? He wears his pants down to his knees and has a Mohawk. What do I do?” First, give yourself a pat on the back right now and tell yourself “I am a good parent; I will do what it takes to help my child succeed; and, I love my child very much!” There is no doubt about it—these years can be painfully difficult....

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