My Challenge with Journaling

My Challenge with Journaling By Tanya Cole-Lesnick, LCSW, PLLC For years I’ve had an on and off again relationship with journaling. I would journal regularly through difficult periods of my life then stop for long periods of time. And all the while I’d encourage my clients to journal, coming clean each time about my tenuous [...]

And I Take A Deep Breath

By Tanya Cole-Lesnick, LCSW, PLLC When I catch myself thinking that same thought again… and again. You know, that thought that keeps going around and around in my head, the one that brings me nowhere new. The one that just makes me feel sad, or angry, or defeated. The one that does nothing to open [...]

Lost In the Woods

LOST IN THE WOODS By Tanya Cole-Lesnick, LCSW, PLLC In September I had the opportunity to lead a retreat with the amazing Lighthouse director, Cathy Anesi. Leading a retreat has been a dream of mine for many years, and this first experience did not disappoint! It was a powerful, life-changing experience for all, including the leaders. [...]

I Love It When My Clients Cry

I LOVE IT WHEN MY CLIENTS CRY By Tanya Cole-Lesnick, LCSW, PLLC I do. I love it when my clients cry, which I know sounds bad, but let me explain. Helping people to make changes in their lives is the crux of the work I do. In order to do that we talk—we tell stories, we [...]

Going with the Flow

By Cathleen O’Connor, PhD What does it mean to go with the flow? Depending on how you think about it the meaning might be positive or negative. It might conjure up an image of someone in touch with the cosmic path of life or someone without a will of his own. Have you had the [...]

The Top Five Issues

By Tanya Cole-Lesnick, LCSW, PLLC One of the perks of doing what I do for a living is that I get an inside view of a wide range of human behaviors, feelings, thoughts, and experiences. From that perspective I am able to get a sense of “the norm,” at least within the context of my [...]

Practice Makes Peace.

Have you ever felt as if your days fly by and at the end of the day you feel as if you haven’t gotten anything accomplished? One day melts into the next and before you know it weeks have passed. People can spend months and years not understanding why life seems to pass them by. [...]

There’s Nothing Wrong with You

By Tanya Cole-Lesnick, LCSW, PLLC My daughters recently told me a story from when they were little that got me thinking… When the girls were about 7 and 5 or so, Emma convinced Molly that people only use their front teeth to chew. Upon hearing this news Molly was horrified. She knew full well that [...]

Fifty Shades of Blue

By Leslie Fabian, LCSW-R Everyone has ups and downs, and days when they are feeling blue.  However, Depression is very different from having a bad day or two.  There are many types and severities of depression.  There is moderate pervasive depression, grief and bereavement, depression associated with a medical illness, and bi-polar disorder.  There is situational [...]