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Resources and Thoughts from Marilyn Halls, M.A.

While I cannot share experiences that happen in the privacy of my counseling sessions, there is so much information available to us to freely share in this resource blog. I write from my experience drawing on other professional resources to educate and guide you in ways that can help you both before and beyond the counseling conversation.

Here are the topic categories that help keep this blog organized for search.

Relationships and Communication

Anxiety and Stress

Depression Therapy

Grief and Loss

Transitions

 

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How Can We Improve Our Communication? Part 1

From an initial group of 130 newlyweds, 17 couples were divorced at the six-year point in their marriages. Gottman divided them into what he called “masters and disasters.” What set them apart? The most significant finding was that it was not arguments about key issues, such as money or sex but rather the presence or lack of emotional connection in their communication.   READ MORE

Positivity in Communication Part 2

Many couples struggle with communication issues. In my practice, I hear comments such as “When we try to address a serious topic such as in-laws, disciplining our children or getting them to finish their homework our arguments escalate into a fight” or “my partner does not listen to what I am saying, he/she interrupts and tells me I am wrong”. Positivity and soft startups are missing. Harsh startups are common and there is a great deal of criticism and complaining.  READ MORE

Relationships and Communication

Anxiety and Stress

Beating Coronavirus Blues

Beating Coronavirus Blues

Is beating Coronavirus blues a struggle for you? I'd be surprised if it wasn't. We all are dealing with one thing or another brought on by these strange times. I would like to share a few thoughts and good ideas I’ve come across recently as we are all handling a very...

COVID-19 Anxiety

COVID-19 Anxiety

COVID-19 anxiety has upended our lives in such a short space of time. As humans, we like to feel that we have control over our lives and that we can see the future with some certainty. So how do we address this huge shift? As the...

A Health Transition Needs Support

A Health Transition Needs Support

A health transition could be learning to cope with the diagnosis of an auto-immune disorder, heart disease, diabetes or the fighting cancer with radiation and chemo.  Whether you are adjusting to an amputation or the progress of a neurological disorder, you are...

Depression Therapy

Suicide Risk and Prevention

Suicide Risk This past week, two people with familiar names to us, have apparently taken their lives by suicide. These sad events shock and confuse us. Questions such as "How could she leave her daughter?" in Kate Spade's case or "How could there be anything wrong in...

Mental Health and Stigma

May is mental health awareness month. The stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness illness can result in people being critical, fearful, judgmental and generally dismissive of those suffering from a mental disorder. Such stigma causes many people to attempt...

Grief and Loss

Grief – how can I help a loved one?

When someone we love experiences the death of a loved one, a divorce or any other major life event we often do not know how to help them in this period of grief and loss. In our efforts to alleviate pain we often fall back on platitudes such as: You are lucky to have...

Transitions