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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.

 

Are you in love or in love with the idea of love?

Often times we think we are in love, but in reality we are so caught up with the idea of love and being love that we confuse the two.

These are some signs that you are in love with the idea of love:

1. You believe your life will begin once you have the love of your life. Your life and happiness revolves around finding your significant other.

2. You’re dreaming of your wedding and the life you’ll have with someone, and you’re just looking for someone to fit into that role, not the other way around. You are fixated on what the relationship can do for you, not what you can give to it.

3. You know you don’t really love them, but you’re holding on to the love they give. You’re often times find yourself convincing yourself that you’re in love

4. You have this inclination to want to change your partner or drag things out when you know it’s not going to work out in the long-run.

5. You’re never single for too long. You don’t take the necessarily time to heal after a failed relationship. You just jump from one to the next.

6. You can’t seem to take it slow, even when you try to. All of a sudden you become obsessed with the other person, you’re around them all the time, you are literally addicted to the feeling of being with them.

Intrusive Thoughts

Many anxious people have  intrusive thoughts, which are frightening thoughts about what might happen to you or someone you care about, or what you might do to yourself or another person. They seem to come from outside of your control, and their content feels alien and threatening. For some people, intrusive thoughts are part of panic or anxiety. For example, you might think, “what if I have a heart attack?” in the midst of an anxiety attack. In addition, for some people, the content of intrusive thoughts can focus on sexual or violent images. People who experience these thoughts are afraid that they might commit the acts they picture in their mind. They might imagine hurting someone or committing an act of sexual violation.

If you are experiencing these thought  then call Star Point Counseling Center at 813-244-1251 to set an appointment to see one of our therapists so they can help you turn off the unwanted voices in your head.

 

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.

5 Categories of Anxiety Symptoms.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. But in some cases, it becomes excessive and can cause sufferers to dread everyday situations. For people with anxiety disorders, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be crippling. The symptoms are put into 5 categories:

  1. Physical anxiety symptoms. Increased heart rate and blood flow, shortness of breath, restlessness, goosebumps/chills, sweating, shaking, headaches, stomach cramps, hot flashes, feeling faint, nausea, and sometimes even muscle aches and tension.
  2. Cognitive anxiety symptoms. Worried about being judged, loosing control due to anxiety, overestimating the likeliness of something negative happening, underestimating their abilities to cope, “what if” thoughts. and lack of confidence.
  3. Behavioral anxiety symptoms. Avoiding situations and actions that might trigger anxiety, overcompensate for anxiety by working extra hard, over checking, and under checking.
  4. Affective anxiety symptoms (emotions). Irritability, fear, hopelessness, nervousness, feeling overwhelmed, uneasy, worry, jumpiness, dread, and apprehension.
  5. Interpersonal anxiety symptoms. Reassurance seeking from partners, fear or being dependent or incompetent, avoiding activities with physical sensations similar to anxiety, such as sex, public speaking, and exercising.

Keep in mind that everyone experiences the symptoms of anxiety differently. If you struggle with managing your anxiety symptoms, seeking therapy is a step in the right direction. Therapy can help teach you techniques to change all social anxiety triggers with good thoughts. When you learn how to change how to think about certain situations then you will much more relaxed.

Call today to schedule an appointment and begin learning how to manage your anxiety! (813)244-1251

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Cognitive Distortions.

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Cognitive distortions are irrational and exaggerated thought patterns. It is simply our mind convincing us of something that isn’t actually true. These inaccurate thoughts are usually used to reinforce negative thinking or emotions. We all engage in these distortions from time to time and they control our lives and emotions. Individuals with or without mental health concerns are susceptible, but individuals who suffer from severe depression, psychotic disorders, or mood disorders can be more susceptible to these distortions of thinking than others.

There are multiple distortions that we engage in, here are 7 of the most common ones:

  • Polarized thinking. Everything is black or white, all or nothing. It is difficult to be flexible and open your mind to alternatives. You are either perfect or a failure, there are no shades of gray.
  • Filtering. This is when you dwell on all the negatives of a situation and ignore all the positive. This usually occurs when you already have a negative perception about the situation.
  • Overgeneralization. This occurs when we make a conclusion based on one single incident or piece of evidence. If something bad happens only once, we expect it to happen over and over again.
  • Personalization. This distortion is when you think that everything someone says or does is about you personally. For example, the elderly man driving in front of you going 5 mph under the speed limit is just purposely trying to slow you down and get on your nerves.
  • Catastrophizing. Thinking that a situation is more negative than it actually is. You tend to exaggerate the reality of situations without considering the fact that perhaps the situation is not as bad as you thought it was.
  • Jumping to conclusions. Without individuals saying so, we know what they are feeling and why they act the way they do. For example, your husband falls asleep on the couch one night and you begin to think he is mad at you and wants a divorce.
  • Entitlement beliefs. The belief that you have the right to have, do, or get something. When someone feels entitled, there is little room for consideration of others thoughts, behaviors, or feelings. It can be very damaging to interpersonal relationships.

By learning to correctly identify this kind of irrational thinking, a person can then answer the negative thinking back, and refute it. By refuting the negative thinking over and over again, it will slowly diminish overtime and be automatically replaced by more rational, balanced thinking.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors can help you learn how to recognize this distorted thinking and how to avoid it. Cognitive distortions are one of the most common reasons for depression, anxiety, and lack of communication in relationships. Get the help you deserve!

(813)244-1251 www.starpointcounselingtampa.com

Nervous about your first counseling session? Here is what you can expect!

Going to counseling can be scary and nerve racking, but knowing what to expect can help ease those nerves and help you get better results. There is nothing to be scared or nervous about, your therapist is here to help you get through whatever it is you may be going through.

In your first session your therapist will ask you certain questions about you and your life. This information will help them make an initial assessment of your situation and help them begin creating a treatment plan. Some of the questions your therapist might ask include: why you are seeking therapy, your personal history (family,upbringing, etc.), your current situation, and your current symptoms. These questions will help them better understand what is going on.

Counseling is a team effort and requires active participation on your end. Here are some things you can do to make your first session as successful as possible: answer questions openly, honestly, and don’t be afraid to discuss your feelings, be prepared to describe what and how you are feeling, and make sure to ask questions about the process or anything you may have concerns about.

Therapy is not a quick fix, it is a process that takes time and patience. With active participation on your part and a strong relationship with your counselor, you will be very successful at resolving your problems.

Call us today for more information about the counseling process and what to expect! (813)244-1251

Myths about Therapy.

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Unfortunately, therapy still remains a shrouded subject, and many myths persist.These misunderstandings can prevent people from seeking help and getting better, and gives something valuable a bad name.

These are 7 myths that just won’t go away.

Myth #1: Everyone can benefit from therapy: This is false, only those who are motivated to change will truly benefit from therapy. It is important to be ready, willing, and open to therapy.

Myth #2: Therapy is like talking to a friend: Although it is important to have friends as support, therapists are trained to understand these matters and are able to offer more than just good advise.

Myth #3: Therapy isn’t working unless your in pain: This is not entirely true. Therapists may address painful subjects, but therapy is more about understanding yourself and others, and learning how to cope with different situations.

Myth #4: Therapy entails brainwashing: Some people believe that therapists push their ideas and agendas on their clients. However, a good clinician helps you re-discover or regain your voice, not lose it.

Myth #5 Therapists never take sides: At times, a therapist might have to take a side, either to keep a couple moving along, to challenge a client, or because of a particular issue at hand. Sometimes taking sides leads to more progress.

Myth #6 Change takes place during therapy: False, change actually takes place before and after your sessions. The goal of therapy is to apply the changes to your life, which is the hardest part.

Myth #7 Seeing a therapist means your damaged, weak, or crazy: There is nothing crazy about working on specific problems or trying to overcome intrusive symptoms. Therapy gives you the opportunity to utilize all the tools at your disposal to maximize your satisfaction and effectiveness in life.

Call us to find out how we can help you with any difficult situation you may be dealing with (813)244-1251 

Communication is the key to a good relationship

Assertive communication and reflective listening is the key to good communication in any relationship. Simply say what you want to say and how it makes you feel in an adult manner without escalating your voice and wait for that person to respond. Fully listening to someone and understanding what they said before formulating your thoughts on what you are going to say is good reflective listening. To learn more about communication skill please call Affordable Counseling Center at 813-260-8892 to schedule an appointment to see one of our experienced therapists. 

Teen Pregnancy & Mental Health

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Low self-esteem, early use of alcohol and drugs, and living in a home with frequent family conflict are some of the risk factors that increase the likelihood of teen pregnancy. Additionally, adolescent girls with a major mental health disorder are three times more likely to get pregnant than those without a mental illness. According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, pregnancy rates among girls with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or major depression were not only three times higher, but they also have been declining at a far slower pace than those for adolescent females without a mental health diagnosis. 

“Although we do know some of the risk factors behind why girls with mental health illness may be at increased risk of becoming pregnant, pregnancy-prevention programs in most developed countries have not traditionally considered mental health issues,” said lead author of the study Dr. Simone Vigod, a psychiatrist at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto.

“Girls with major mental health problems are more likely to have social problems and drug and alcohol problems — problems with impulsivity, feeling badly about themselves,” she said. For example, a teen suffering from depression may find it difficult to protect herself from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections with a boyfriend because of low self-esteem. The problem here is the teen girl is experiencing negative feelings about herself to the point that she is unable to assertively advocate the use of condoms or abstinence.

Interventions such as targeted school-based sex-education programs, and greater integration of reproductive care into adolescent mental health care programs are highly recommended. Seeking mental health counseling for your teen, and utilizing these programs will help to reduce teenage pregnancy.

You can read the entire article here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/teens-with-mental-health-issues-have-higher-risk-of-pregnancy-study-1.2530354

For more information on Mental Health Counseling, visit our website: http://www.starpointcounselingbrandon.com, or http://www.starpointcounselingtampa.com

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