“Expectation is the root of all heartache.” ― William Shakespeare Imagine you’re lying on a beautiful, white sand beach. The sun is sparkling off the clear water. The sand is warm and soft beneath you and the air smells like tropical flowers. There is a staff at your disposal to bring you anything you want to [...]
About Paula Lamanna, LMSWPaula Lamanna, LMSW is a Licensed Social Worker who works with adults and teenagers who are struggling with anxiety and depression. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness to assist adults and teenagers to confront and challenge self-destructive thoughts and behavioral patterns. Paula also specializes in helping teenagers, single adoptive parents, and couples manage the psychological issues surrounding adoption, such as preparation to adopt, psychoeducation, handling behavioral issues, understanding the effects of past experiences on adopted children, and family integration.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” Carl Rogers It’s that time of year again, when we come up with a list of all the things that we wish to change about ourselves or accomplish over the next year. Unfortunately, studies show that only 8% [...]
In my last post, I gave you an example of how your mind can spin out of control and make you feel very anxious, and how you can use mindfulness to calm yourself. You can start building the habit of mindfulness in a controlled environment with meditation. Many people are afraid to try meditation or [...]
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh You’re sitting in a meeting at work and ever so gently and tactfully you express an opinion differing from the general consensus. “I’m sorry, Bob but I have to disagree with you. I think we should have [...]
It seems like overnight we’ve gone from barbeques and sun block to scarves and pumpkin-flavored everything. Which means that while the rest of the animal kingdom starts to slow down and get ready to hibernate for the winter, we humans, in our infinite wisdom, are ramping up for, what is for many of us, the [...]