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Marriage Counseling

Every relationship is bound to experience highs and lows, and that’s normal when you’re in a relationship as close as a marriage. Determining whether your marriage is experiencing a small bump in the road or if it’s something more serious that requires professional counseling may be easier than you think.

Even the best marriage can suffer normal wear and tear over the years. If it shows signs of breaking down and you and your spouse growing apart, professional marriage counseling is often the best next step. A good counselor can guide you toward getting the relationship back on the right track by identifying what the real issues are and then helping you to implement solutions.

Marriages tend to change over time, especially when faced with a major transition, such as one partner going back to school, when you’re expecting your first child, or you’re suffering the loss of a family member. A good marriage counselor can help you to get through these changes so that you can find your relationship’s new normal and regain focus on each other.

Even if you feel that your marriage is in good shape, counseling may be able to make it great. Getting the perspective of an objective professional can help you to keep your relationship with your spouse running smoothly.

We can help. Call us to schedule your marriage counseling session and begin making your relationship great again.

Email us at: starpointcenter@aol.com or call us anytime at (813) 244-1251

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Sending & receiving ~ good vibes

Believe it or not there’s a science behind “good vibes” and ways to draw them into your life. The law of attraction states, in simple terms, that the energy you put into the universe will dictate the world around you. So, in theory, if you simply think positive thoughts and send positive vibes out into the universe, your life will be better.

Think about it, how many times have you stubbed your toe getting out of bed, or spilled your coffee in the morning and had your whole day go downhill from there? It’s the law of attraction. As you stub your toe or spill your coffee, you’re sending negative energy out into the universe. After that, the universe will respond to your negative energy with more negativity.

When you have a brighter outlook on life and your future, it only makes sense that a bright future will follow.  So, be confident in what you want to ask the universe to give you; make sure you want it with your whole heart and soul. Then, visualize what you want as if it’s already yours, and imagine sending a mental picture of it out into the universe. Be confident, keep a positive state of mind and imagine that you already have it. The stronger your faith, the quicker your reward will come to you. In addition, don’t forget to be grateful; thank the universe for all of the wonderful things you’ve received in your life this far. This will increase your positive state of mind and send more good vibes out into the universe.

 

Memorial Day

LEST NOT FORGET!
Remember today why we celebrate Memorial Day, Lest not forget those who gave their lives for their country and our freedoms.

Remember those who have fought in the war on terrorism and came back with mental health issues like depression, stress and PTSD.

Remember our fore fathers who started our great nation and the sacrifices the men and women made leading up to and after the Revolutionary war.

Remember the soldiers who invaded Normandy and Utah beach in 1944 and lost their lives not knowing the outcome of the war.

LEST NOT FORGET!

Tips on staying positive this 2016!

1. Try to keep a positive attitude!

Tell yourself that with an optimistic attitude all things are possible!

2. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement:

My purpose is_____________. Set goals for your day, week, and current month. This will help you get things done.Each day when you wake up in the morning ask: “What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire?” Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these actions.

3. Take some time out in the morning for yourself.
Take a walk if you can, and enjoy the outdoors, or spend 20 minutes reading your favorite novel while sipping on your favorite morning tea.

4. Instead of being disappointed about where you are…
…think optimistically about where you are going.

5. Don’t forget to EAT!
breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

6. Believe that everything happens for a reason .
Expect good things to come out of challenging experiences and don’t dwell on the bad things that happen.

At Star Point Counseling Center, we have licensed counseling therapists available to help you live a more positive life. So, if you are having a problem with depression, stress, etc. please visit our website at  starpointcounselingtampa.com  or give us a call at (813)-244-1251.

Dealing With the Winter Blues.

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For those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, the days are getting shorter and darker. Snow flakes, fireplaces, hot chocolate and cozy sweaters will be making their appearances in the near future. For some, it’s a time of growing darkness and despair. Many individuals suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD) during the winter months, also known as the winter blues, which is usually due to less sunlight hours. Symptoms of SAD and winter blues can be similar to symptoms of depression and may also include less energy, fatigue, trouble concentrating, increased desire to be alone, weight gain, increased need for sleep, anxiety, and irritability.

Here are some strategies to prepare for the winter blues:

  • Replace your regular light bulbs with full-spectrum bulbs, especially in places where you spend the most early to mid-evening hours.
  • Make sure your Vitamin D levels are high enough. Also consider supplementing with a good-quality B complex, and trying an Omega 3 supplement.
  • Start eating better, leafy greens, vegetables, good proteins, and whole grains will help give you steady energy and the nutrition you need. Avoid sugary foods and drinks.
  • A “light alarm clock” is a SAD therapy tool that can help with depression symptoms, especially getting up in the morning. Early in the morning, a light begins to shine at a low level, gradually growing brighter, until it’s time to wake up.
  • Exercise daily. Even 15 minutes a day is better than nothing, and outside in the daylight is more beneficial.
  • Volunteer or get involved in social activities. One or two nights of volunteer work, or other activities like taking a class that require active involvement with others gives a feeling of purpose and helps through the winter months.

Seek a therapist if you suffer from the winter blues, it’s easier to begin a preventative program before the winter blues become a reality. Call today to schedule an appointment! (813)244-1251

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Depression vs. Sadness

Depression and sadness are often viewed as the same thing.  Part of the confusion is that the most recognizable symptom of depression is sadness. Sadness is a very painful emotion and although at times it can be very excruciating, it is a normal response to difficult life events. When we think of sadness as the same as depression we minimize the illness. We often don’t realize that depression creates many other debilitating symptoms. Sadness is a small part of depression, and many individuals with depression may not even experience sadness. Instead, they may experience loss of appetite, sleeplessness or hypersomnia, lack of energy, isolation, feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, diminished interest in or enjoyment of activities, and poor concentration or indecisiveness. Depression is diagnosed after an individual has had multiple symptoms for at least 2 weeks. The major difference between depression and sadness is that depression is a serious mental illness. If you or someone you may know is struggling with depression seek help immediately, do not wait until it gets worse. Depression is a treatable and temporary condition, you can get well and feel happy again.

Call us for more information on how we can help! (813)244-1251

What Does Star Point Counseling Offer?

At Star Point Counseling Center we provide counseling services to individuals, couples, families, children, teens, and adults with any type of crises. Our Mental Health Professionals will help you build tools as well as designing and implementing goals and objectives. We can help you sort out beliefs, thoughts, and behavior patterns that may be hindering you in your relationship(s) whether at the work place or in other areas of your life. By working together, we will show you how to set and achieve goals and objectives, therapeutically designed to meet your needs that will allow you to live the life that you deserve. Our counseling services include, but are not limited to, marriage/relationship counseling, troubled teens, parenting skills, anxiety, stress, depression, divorce/separation, grief/loss, negative behaviors, domestic violence, and more. We accept major insurances such as, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United Behavioral Health. If you do not have insurance we have affordable prices based on household income that range from $40-$100.  We have two convenient locations, Tampa and Brandon. The hours at the Tampa office are Monday-Friday 12pm-8pm, and Brandon office Monday-Thursday 12pm-8pm and Saturdays 10am-5pm by appointment only.

Call us today for more information about our services or to make an appointment! (813)244-1251

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