We are a diverse group of therapists who work with clients with many different mental health concerns and also specialize in eating disorder treatment.
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How the Pandemic Affected Relationships
In this Gottman article, it details how COVID affected relationships and ways to rekindle the love again. Read more on how to get out of the "COVID relationship dip." http://ow.ly/Mf5z50FXtxe
How the Pandemic Affected Relationships COVID took a toll on the world, and couples felt the stress on their relationships. Get back to your pre-pandemic selves with these tips.
Setting a Daily Love Aspiration
In this Gottman article, introduces the idea of daily love aspirations which creates for a, "a simple way to support ones intention to develop an exceptional relationship filled with fondness and admiration". Continue reading for how to set your own daily love aspiration here: http://ow.ly/waX450FXttg
Setting a Daily Love Aspiration Be intentional about showing the person you love just how much you care. Dr. Cheryl Fraser tells you how with a daily act of intention.
"It's not the outcome, it's the process"
Quote of the week!
This quote is an important reminder in each day. More importantly, it is important to remember when one is maintaining eating disorder recovery. Always trust the process and focus on that!
"Build your life around your recovery, not your recovery around your life." - unknown
When maintaining eating disorder recovery, it is important to remember this! It makes it even more difficult in times of transition to remind yourself of this quote.
Check out our e-course that features ways to help you maintain your eating disorder recovery: http://ow.ly/JrUD50B0NN9
Sometimes heading back to school can cause a lot of anxiety and a sense of pressure to make all A’s. While we’re all for success, goals and achievement, we like to think of getting B’s here and there as someone who has balance in their life! Recovery and mental health thrive when someone is balanced in multiple areas of their life whereas anxiety and perfectionism often make recovery and mental health more of a challenge.
It's August?! Back to school is around the corner and we could all use some tips on how to get back into the school routine while maintaining eating disorder recovery.
Harmony Therapy Group is expanding in October! 🤣. Baby Girl Riddick due to make her grand appearance then so we’ll be slowing down our social media through the end of September and then taking an indefinite leave pending the needs of our newest staff member. 🍼🐣
Criticism, one of the parts of the four horsemen- it is sharing your complaint with your partner in a way that essentially blames some personal aspect of them, personality, character, etc.
Watch the youtube video to learn a little bit more about what criticism as a negative communication style means: http://ow.ly/QTk650BQAXA
Appearance avoidance is a topic within discussing body image. "When do appearance avoidance behaviors like not being in pictures or not wearing certain clothes or colors become problematic?" At what point does one have to step back and realize it has become a problem?
"Body image is complex, it’s perfectly normal to experience all sorts of emotions as you go back through your own personal history." Everyone's body image is different, we all have history of our own.
"You can have body respect and acceptance and still not love your body part or all of the time."
We offer an e-course on body acceptance and respect for your body. It is a practical and enlightening glimpse into the lies we've been told about our bodies all along and ways we can get back our body respect and use acceptance methods to begin treating our bodies the way we've dreamt about for years. Click to learn more about the e-course here: http://ow.ly/lLKp50DpoXq
"One of the main things you should know about contempt is that it is the #1 predictor of divorce, according to marriage research guru Dr. John Gottman. Contempt is a way of communicating the conveys disgust, disrespect, and superiority. If you’ve engaged in (hey, none of us are perfect!) or experienced contempt, you’ve likely come across eye-rolling, name-calling or..."
Continue to read our blog on contempt in a relationship here: http://ow.ly/XSFR50EaCnc
Want a deeper dive into working on contempt in your marriage? We have an e-course for you! 6 Weeks to Learning How to Become a Better Wife: Learn the ins and outs of what a healthy relationship is...and isn't. From better communication to stronger boundaries, better wife = better life! http://ow.ly/vG0s50EaCnd
Contempt - Harmony Therapy Group One of the main things you should know about contempt is that it is the #1 predictor of divorce, according to marriage research | Harmony Therapy Group
Our advice to you this week..Ditch the diet! Love your body, love yourself! -diet!
Reposting this article because it is so important!
Why is It Important to See a Dietitian that Specializes in Eating Disorders -
When one goes to see a doctor for a specific reason, wouldn't you want to see a specialist for that reason or in the same field? Why does this reason not follow when one chooses to go see a Dietitian?
In the following article, it details reasons as to why seeing a Dietitian that specializes in Eating Disorders is important and crucial to one's recovery process. Read more here: http://ow.ly/HqPz50Bkb05
Why is It Important to See a Dietitian that Specializes in Eating Disorders In any field of medicine it’s usually best to see a specialist. You wouldn’t see a general surgeon to perform back surgery. You also likely wouldn’t seek out cancer treatment from an infectious disease doctor. Sure they have general knowledge of the spinal cord and vertebrae, or basic cancer t...
Every one is different and unique! Trust the process of recovery.
Learning the Skill of Emotional Validation as Parents: "It makes sense that parents want to raise their children to be healthy, happy and successful in life in whatever way is meaningful to that family. However, we all know that the best of intentions do not necessarily translate into meaningful action 100% of the time. Emotional validation is a parenting skill that comes more naturally to some more than others, but also likely needs to be taught and honed over time. Let’s talk about what emotional validation isn’t and then give an example of what it is...." Continue reading our blog post about emotional validation here: http://ow.ly/hPzR50FppfG
Learning the Skill of Emotional Validation as Parents - Harmony Therapy Group It makes sense that parents want to raise their children to be healthy, happy and successful in life in whatever way is meaningful to that family. However, we all know that the best of intentions do not necessarily translate into meaningful action 100% of the time. Emotional validation is a paren...
Depression or Emotional Slump?
Read our blog to learn the difference between the two and some common triggers for both as well as treatment options: http://ow.ly/cSbz50Fnhi9
Depression or Emotional Slump? - Harmony Therapy Group Depression We all have our days. Or weeks. That’s for sure. But clinical depression is usually something characterized more by time and symptoms. Symptoms ranging from sadness, hopelessness, despair, and isolation most of the time for at least 2-3 weeks would be things to consider in terms of lean...
Our quote of the week! "I'd estimate at least half of my frustrations with others are actually frustrations with myself for failing to set clear boundaries and stand by them." - James Clear
ROAR : Skill for Anxiety and Panic Attacks
"The words panic or anxiety attacks can instantly trigger one’s heart rate. It is often hard to know as well as be able to deal with the feeling of a panic attack coming on or occurring. We’ve been
using an acronym we learned about a while ago for our clients experiencing these attacks and it is called ROAR..." Continue reading here to learn what ROAR stands for and how to utilize it: http://ow.ly/OOrd50Feve7
ROAR : Skill for Anxiety and Panic Attacks - Harmony Therapy Group Learn about skills for Anxiety and Panic Attacks today. If you need one on one counseling, visit Harmony Therapy Group today and send us a message.
"When it comes to appearance, society often contributes to grossly inaccurate assumptions about relationship status, success and happiness."
Orthorexia - When Desire for a Healthy Lifestyle Becomes an Unhealthy Obsession
"You may have heard the term “orthorexia” as it relates to an eating disorder. While not a formal diagnosis, it’s a way to differentiate one restrictive/avoidance type of eating disorder from another.....
we are currently living in a culture that elevates a healthy lifestyle sometimes to the point of this becoming an unhealthy obsession." Continue reading the blog here! http://ow.ly/AonU50Fev7j
Orthorexia - When Desire for a Healthy Lifestyle Becomes an Unhealthy Obsession - Harmony Therapy Group You may have heard the term “orthorexia” as it relates to eating disorder. Find out more by reading our article from Harmony Therapy Group
Our quote of the week ! "It's not necessarily all about getting to the end, it's what you learn about yourself along the way."
Re-sharing our post about breathing exercises! A quick post with tips if you have never attempted a breathing exercise before!
"An eating disorder is an irrational and unhealthy means of meeting rational and healthy needs" In this video, Meredith Riddick, LPC, CEDS-S discusses eating disorders and their functions and how to pause and understand what the behavior is doing for you and discovering some of the unmet needs. Watch here: http://ow.ly/bnis50F5rQK
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Communication is so important in any relationship!
One thing that Meredith Riddick, LPC, CEDS-S and her husband have practiced in their relationship is setting aside a time each week for a weekly conversation. Her husband, Jake, created it because he saw it as a way to solve the little things that aren’t being talked about as well as when the emotions aren’t wrapped up in it, it makes it much easier to communicate.
For more details about communication and the weekly conversation listen or catch up on our show notes here: http://ow.ly/yF9350F1Hjj
Communication Styles that May Kill a Relationship - Criticism, Contempt, Defensiveness, and Stonewalling "Dr. John Gottman has done tremendous research on couples and has found four patterns of communication that are particularly damaging. He calls them the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and they are criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling. The good news is that we can all work on these ways of communicating and do better! But first..." Continue reading to learn more about these communication styles! http://ow.ly/kYhD50EZudw
Communication Styles that May Kill a Relationship - Criticism, Contempt, Defensiveness and Stonewalling - Harmony Therapy Group Dr. John Gottman has done tremendous research on couples and has found four patterns of communication that are particularly damaging. He calls them the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and they are criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling. The good news is that we can all work on these ...
A 3-day weekend reminder to take some self care, downtime, fun time, and connect with others and most importantly, trust the recovery process!
"How can you grow and learn from negative experiences with body image?" An important question when discussing and thinking about body image.
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