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Michaele Potvin, LCSW | 08/25/17

Summer seems to be flying by, and for parents of school-age children it means looking ahead to the traditional, “getting the kids ready to go back to school” time of year. We all know there are clothes and supplies to buy and vacation plans to finish, but there are other things we as parents can do to help prepare our kids up for a successful school year.

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Brent Scobie, PhD, LCSW | 08/25/17

When I meet a client for the first time, I am always interested in how they located me among the many psychotherapists in the area. Under most circumstances (and to my disappointment) I am most frequently told that they found me by chance, usually on an insurance company list of approved providers, or through another of the myriad online resources designed to help people find therapists. I have learned over the years that finding a therapist can be difficult. Finding the “right” therapist for you is even more so. Listed below are some basic considerations and guidelines I would suggest for those seeking therapy, but who have not yet found a provider.

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Brent Scobie, PhD, LCSW | 08/22/17

An individual came to see me for therapy several weeks ago. They described a long history of anxiety in the form of generalized worry, difficulty with sleep and irritability with nearly everyone in their life- family, friends, co-workers. They finally reached out for help after their spouse and co-workers began to express concern that they “just did not seem happy anymore.” They shared that, although they had been working with a therapist for the past year, it was unclear if it had been helpful. In fact, this person had difficulty articulating exactly what they had been working on in therapy at all, "We talk. I give them an update on my problems week-to-week, and they make suggestions and provide support to me along the way."

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Brent Scobie, PhD, LCSW | 01/15/17

An individual came to see me for therapy several weeks ago. They described a long history of anxiety in the form of generalized worry, difficulty with sleep and irritability with nearly everyone in their life- family, friends, co-workers. They shared that, although they had been working with a therapist for the past year, it was unclear if it had been helpful. In fact, this person had difficulty articulating exactly what they had been working on in therapy at all, "We talk. I give them an update on my problems week-to-week, and they make suggestions and provide support to me along the way."

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Brent Scobie, PhD, LCSW | 05/10/15

I was talking with someone recently who had suffered for many years with intense anxiety and depression in the form of near constant worry, difficulty with sleep, weight gain and a profound feeling of unhappiness. However, this was the first time they had reached out for help from a therapist. What struck me about this conversation was how differently we as a culture think and react when we experience emotional versus physical symptoms of discomfort. Consider for a moment how you would respond if you were experiencing severe physical symptoms--a sharp, unrelenting pain in your stomach, a sore throat that would not go away, a swollen ankle after a fall. Such an experience would prompt most of us to call our doctor and to make rapid adjustments in our daily schedule to accommodate an appointment, have a medical assessment and receive treatment that would hopefully provide some relief.

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