Pyschotherapy for adolescents and adults                                                                     Claire Felps, MA, LCPC, NCC 

Metamorphosis Counseling, LLC

"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly"

Articles and Resources 

Thirteen Small Decisions That Will Ease Anxiety

Why is anxiety so often our default reaction to situations? It’s because anxiety is hard-wired into our brains to help us survive. We can’t get rid of it and wouldn’t want to. We just want to calm ourselves down when there’s no need for a “flight-or-fight” response. But anxiety thinking habits are embedded deep within the brain and won’t yield without conscious work and practice.

So here are 13 small decisions, along with suggested action steps, that your conscious brain can choose to make. Try the ones you think would work for you, and heave a sigh of relief as your excess anxiety ebbs away.

Some Secrets to a Good Night's Sleep

Here are a few tricks I've picked up along the way that help my clients with their night time struggles and I think they may help you, too:

Exhaustion is not a status symbol 

Brené Brown explores our need to always feel productive and how it can hinder a healthy lifestyle. "One of the experiences you write about in your book is “the burden of not getting enough done.” I take it this resonates with a lot of people who, despite answering emails at 3 a.m., perpetually feel that they are somehow always behind."

Psychodynamic psychotherapy: How learning about your mind can help your life 

Your unconscious thoughts and feelings affect what you do without your even knowing it. When you're unaware that it's happening, you can feel and do things and not know why. This can lead to anxiety, depression, difficulties with relationships, and problems with self-esteem -- all caused by things going on in your unconscious mind. Bringing them into awareness can help you to understand them, rather than be controlled by them. This is what psychodynamic psychotherapy is all about. 

Mental Health and Stress

One’s mental health can be affected by stress. The National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) says at least three types of stress are known. Routine stress of everyday life which consists of routine interactions, mostly with people one is familiar with; negative occurrences, such as loss of employment or ill health; and traumatic stress that is connected with different levels of danger.

How to Spot Signs of Domestic Abuse October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; learn about two types of abusers — Pit Bulls and Cobras — to watch out for.

In the time it takes you to read this sentence, one American woman will have become a victim of domestic violence. Every nine seconds a U.S. woman is abused by her partner; 1 in 4 women will at some point experience domestic violence. Domestic violence does not have a preference for a race or ethnicity, and can affect both men and women of any socio-economic class.

To protect yourself from becoming involved in a violent relationship, it’s important to understand what qualifies as abuse and how to spot it early on.

The Most Popular Kinds Of Psychotherapy -- And Why You Should Try One
Popular depictions of therapy don't tell us what a session is like or whether psychotherapy is effective (though studies have found that it is effective and that the benefits it brings are real and lasting).
Everything You Need to Know About Choosing a Therapist

When life gets difficult, marriages have trouble, or issues from the past place obstacles in the present, people often think that therapy may be the answer. Finding a good therapist can provide relief for life’s troubling times, but how can you find a good therapist? What do all those letters mean after a therapist’s name? And, what really happens in therapy?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops in individuals who experience highly traumatizing situations such as terrorist attacks and car accidents, but symptoms can also come about after normal life events — including childbirth.

Embracing Children for Who They Are

Contrary to what some parents might believe or hope for, children are not born a blank slate. Rather, they come into the world with predetermined abilities, proclivities and temperaments that nurturing parents may be able to foster or modify, but can rarely reverse.

How People Change

Human behavior flows from hidden springs and calls for constant and crafty prodding more than blunt hectoring. The way to get someone out of a negative cascade is not with a ferocious e-mail trying to attack their bad behavior. It’s to go on offense and try to maximize some alternative good behavior. There’s a trove of research suggesting that it’s best to tackle negative behaviors obliquely, by redirecting attention toward different, positive ones.

Talk Therapy Reverses Biological, Structural Brain Changes In PTSD Patients

Seeing a therapist may not only improve mental health, but can also have a positive effect on underlying biological features of mental disorders, a new study suggests.

Choosing Psychotherapy Today: One Size No Longer Fits All 

If you go to a psychotherapist today, there are many options and each is different. Some are better suited for certain kinds of problems, and some are better suited for others. So if you're considering therapy, how do you decide what's best for you?

First, you need to know what's available. Click here to learn more about different types of therapy! 

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: