Book Recommendation: The How of Happiness

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The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

Sonja Lyubomirsky is a research Psychologist at the University of California, and her book gives us a deeper look into what happiness is, and is not. She gives many detailed tips on how to achieve happiness in your life, and what exactly that means to you. She believes that we can become happier in a number of different ways, but focuses on how we have the power is within our control to change our scope on the happiness spectrum.

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How to Prepare Yourself for Successful New Year’s Resolutions

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How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? We are well into January now, and we might be realizing that our resolution this year is not as easy as we thought it was going to be. January 1st is a date where people visualize change, and make goals for the days to come. Can we do that on any other date of the year? Of course! As a society we put a lot of emphasis on January 1st, so what are some tips that can help us stay on track as we navigate the new year with our new resolution? Brad Waters wrote an article for Psychology Today giving us some strategies to set us up for success in 2018! Take a look at his article to read what he means by advising the following strategies:

-Pull a weed by its root

-Prepare now, Commit when truly ready

-Visualize success AND failure

-The Snowball effect

-Is your resolution SMART?

-Reward success

How to choose the right counselor?

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When seeking counseling, it can be overwhelming to find the right counselor. How do you even begin? Do you search on Google? Were you referred by a Physician? A friend? There are plenty of ways to look up counselors, and get information on them, but how do you truly know they are going to be the right fit for you?

The answer is, you don’t. With any type of appointment, whether it’s with a physician or hair dresser, you aren’t really going to know how you’re going to feel about the person until you meet them. Obviously if you’ve been referred, or were able to read reviews online you will have a better idea before you go in for your first appointment.

We suggest doing your research. Ask your friends, colleagues or even your Primary Care Physician. A good way to start is to call some of the offices and ask the person who answers the phone if they can give more information about their counselors.

There are many things to consider when searching for the right counselor. Where are they located? Do they take insurance, or is it private pay? What are their hours? What experience do they have on the topic you are seeking counseling for? Are they licensed or have certifications? Once you find out the answers to all your questions it’s time to book your first appointment. From there, it’s about your individual feeling with the counselor and what their short/long term therapy goal is for you.

Sometimes going to the first appointment ends in you realizing that this person might not be the best fit for you. And that’s okay! You don’t have to stick to a counselor just because you’ve already had one appointment with them. You have decided to seek counseling for yourself, and that’s a big step. The right fit is important. You want to receive the best care possible so that you get what you want and what you deserve as a client.

What happens after your first appointment? Usually you and your counselor will discuss what the best course of action is. The counselor will most likely discuss what the treatment goal is, and what the process will be to get to that goal. They will suggest how often they believe you should come in for sessions, and what the next step in the process might be.

There are many reasons why people might seek counseling in their life time. Perhaps a loved one just passed away, and they are experiencing symptoms from grief and loss. A person dealing with anxiety and depression might need a counselor. Couples who are married, divorced or co-parenting can benefit from seeing a counselor. There are so many reasons why it is a good step forward to seek help, and many people find great success in talking to a counselor. Whatever the reason or reasons you might feel like counseling is the right thing for you, Biltmore Psychology and Counseling is always here to help. There is also a great article with more information about finding the right fit at American Psychological Association

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Welcome Arkady Petrosyan!

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We would like to take a moment to welcome a recent addition to our staff here at Biltmore Psychology and Counseling. Welcome Arkady Petrosyan! Arkady is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and specializes in areas of grief and loss, parenting/coparenting issues, depression, anxiety, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), marriage/relationship therapy, individual therapy, life changes, PTSD, self-identity development, mindfulness, and spirituality.

Arkady is kind, compassionate and funny. And we could not be more excited to have him as a wonderful addition to the Biltmore Psychology and Counseling staff of amazing counselors. Welcome aboard Arkady!