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When Your Belieber Becomes a Griever

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Bieber Fever: it’s real.

Justin Bieber. As an adult, I’m sure those two, small words elicit eye-rolling, maybe rubbing your temples and exhaling deeply. As a small child, those two words bring about an entirely different reaction – Bieber Fever, supposedly the most contagious disease of our time. But don’t panic! A simple Google search will reveal some extraordinary news – Bieber Fever is dying out.

Okay, stop cheering. No, really. Focus. We’re about to get serious.

While this may be fantabulous news for the adult population, little ones are grieving the loss of their supreme Biebs. You’re probably thinking, “What is this girl talking about? It’s just a celebrity! My kid will find someone more tolerable to idolize.”

While those are very accurate statements, think back to when you were a kid. If I had known what the Spice Girls and Britney Spears (yes, I’m a 90s kid) were doing at all times– poor choices included – I would have been devastated!! I wanted to be friends with them; they were the coolest people I could ever imagine. Assuming they were making poor choices, and had their choices been publicized as JB’s are, there’s no way I would have been allowed to continue to listen to their music and buy their products. Part of me would have felt betrayed – how could someone I care about and look up to who was so cool yesterday be so horrible today? And frankly, that would have sucked. Read More…

What is therapy?

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Jamie’s Office – colorful and vibrant

In past blog entries, we’ve discussed how to find the right therapist as well as the top 5 questions to ask a potential therapist, but what exactly does “therapy” entail? Depending on the therapist you ultimately decide to work with, it could mean many different things. Therapists (or counselors, the term will be used interchangeably here) have various ways of working with clients and everyone has his or her own style. Some counselors are passive and will listen to your experiences without a lot of interjection. Others will engage you as you share your story and ask questions to help you explore your current circumstances. Still others may assign homework and give you specific tasks to work on outside of session meant to help you meet your individual goals.

At Sanctuary, we all share a passion for helping others but have distinct methods of working with our clients – and different areas of specialization. Depending on the client’s needs, we can tailor our practice to suit his or her goals and individual life circumstances. In the new home we have built for our Sanctuary community, we’re installing an art studio that will allow us to utilize art therapy with our clients. We also have a dedicated group room where we’re planning programs for LGBTQ, College Preparation, and Couples groups, among others. Many clients choose to utilize individual therapy as well as group programs to further support their individual needs. Read More…

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