Helicopter method at sleep time

Kate EmeryPsychotherapyLeave a Comment

One of the biggest reasons people have trouble falling asleep is because they are thinking about the tasks they need to do the next day. When that list seems so long, sometimes sleep feels like the last thing you want to be doing. Still you know you need to sleep so you stay in the bed and let your mind … Read More

Bodies Are Beautiful

Kate EmeryPsychotherapyLeave a Comment

As a society we can struggle with the concept of beauty. We are taught early that we need to compare our bodies with others in order to feel beautiful. Many of the messages we get fed by society, by the media, by loved ones, and even by ourselves tell us the same story – we should be ashamed of our … Read More

Getting Your Be◦you◦ty Sleep

Kate EmeryPsychotherapyLeave a Comment

If you are struggling with your weight getting a good night’s sleep can be a healthy habit. Lack of sleep can impact your eating habits and contribute to overeating. Here are a few tips to help get you started with better sleep hygiene. Remember, everyone is different, so these might not be for everyone but might give you a general … Read More

Mindfulness For Be◦you◦ty

Kate EmeryPsychotherapyLeave a Comment

One of the first things that set me on the right path for a healthier outlook on my body was dealing with the shame around food. Dr. Pavel Somov’s book Mindful Emotional Eating: Mindfulness Skills to Control Cravings, Eat in Moderation, and Optimize Coping provided me with a lot of guidance and is an informative read if you are struggling … Read More

Be*you*: My Journey

Kate EmeryBody image, ShameLeave a Comment

Bodies Are Beautiful Be * you * tiful As a society we can struggle with the concept of beauty. Often, early on, we compare our bodies with the bodies of others . Many of the messages we get fed by society, by the media, by loved ones, and even by ourselves tell us the same story – we should be ashamed of … Read More

Meet Evelyn (Evi)

Kate EmeryAnxiety, Psychotherapy, StressLeave a Comment

This is Evelyn (or Evi as we affectionately call her), and for the past seven years she has allowed me to be part of her life. One of the greatest things we can learn from Evi is how she copes with anxiety. She has many anxieties, but the behaviors she exhibits are all similar – she hides, barks, shakes, or … Read More

Confronting Stigma

Kate EmeryAnxiety, Depression, Psychotherapy, StressLeave a Comment

  A few years ago, I experienced severe depression that impacted my perspective on how I view mental illness. After struggling for a long period of time with both personal and work-related stresses, I utilized my company’s short-term leave program on my doctor’s recommendation. During the first half of my leave, I couldn’t leave my home during work hours. I … Read More

Meet Jasper

Jennifer MitchellPsychotherapyLeave a Comment

Jasper’s story is part of our current social media campaign to help us learn from our pets. If you want to see some of the other stories, follow us on Instagram @serenitynowwellness Jasper was one of the most amazing dogs ever! Jasper came to me (Jenn) as a foster dog. He had the longest nails I had ever seen, was … Read More

When Delivering Praise Backfires

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A new study published in Child Development may have you questioning the way you provide praise to your children. You might be used to telling your child they did “an amazing job” or “that was terrific!” But the way you deliver praise might be impacting your child’s self-esteem. The study conducted by Brummelman and colleagues (Brummelman, Nelemans, Thomaes, & Orobio … Read More