Author Archive | Nancy Henningsen

Anxiety and Depression on the Rise since 11/8.

My clients have been either super anxious or super depressed ever since 11/8. (You remember 9/11 don’t you?)  They are saying things like: “The ground just shifted for me as it did when the Towers came down.” All we had was an election!  But for many , including myself, it created a feeling of DOOM, […]

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No-Drama Discipline

No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J Siegel,MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD. Bantam: 2014. The authors pair up the neurological development of a child’s brain with the manner in which parents react to their child’s misbehavior. Using cartoon pictures to illustrate their points, the researchers focus on learning opportunities and less on “fear-creating” behavior (yelling, screaming, […]

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Why are we so OVERWHELMED?

Being overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed. Clients entering my therapy office cite being overwhelmed as their biggest concern.   Brigid Schulte’s book Overwhelmed, touched a raw nerve among my clients, spawned book discussion groups, and recently garnered buzz on talk shows.    The cover of Ovewhelmed Work, Love, Play when No One has the Time,  is filled with Ms. Schulte’s own to-do list.  Who […]

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The Right Therapist for You

When I first meet clients, I think of how best to connect, how best to help them. I try to provide a safe place for them to tell their story. In the very first session, I ask about major events in a client’s life.  Were they able to navigate through them successfully?  If not, where […]

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Mindfulness Helps Kids with Anxiety

Being Mindful teaches kids to observe their feelings and notice the negative thoughts in their minds.  This in turn lessens their anxiety.   “Why did I do that?” “I’m so stupid.” Do you hear your child saying this?  Kids who are anxious will spin this negative round and round in their minds.  They come to believe it.  This […]

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My Adult Relationship: why isn’t it working? Should I find a therapist?

Adult Therapy often focuses on relationships, but there could be other issues at play.   Carol (names are changed) was worried that her connections with  Michael were growing thin.    They had been living together for two years, at first happily. But now something had changed and…. She felt like giving up. She wondered if she expected too […]

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Child Therapy: When Is It Necessary?

Seek a family therapist when your child’s behavior appears to be persistently out of synch with her developmental stage.  For example, “No, I won’t!” type tantrums may be developmentally appropriate for a child aged two or three but not for a six-year old. By age four or five, a child is able to tell a […]

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Hovering Helicopter Parents Don’t Make Resilient Kids

Are you one of those parents who “hovers” over your child every time they complain or present a problem? When they come home from school, do you want to jump in and fix their problems? Call up a kid’s parents who was mean to them? Or call up the teacher who “lost” your child’s homework […]

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Hypnosis and Change

Hypnosis does not involve a swinging watch. That’s for stage magicians, not therapists. Instead, therapeutic hypnosis is the practice of letting go, of relaxing deep into yourself, of accessing old feelings that have been walled away. It is being used increasingly to help relieve anxiety and depression. It’s about reclaiming inner, buried resources. For example, […]

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Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT): An Effective Approach

When a new client comes to my office, her/his first question is: “What type of therapy do you do?” followed by a second: “How long will it take?” Answering the second is easier.It depends on previous experiences in therapy, changes wanted, defense mechanisms at play, and how removed someone is from feelings and sensations. The […]

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