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Anxiety & I

Aug 30, 2011   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Blog, Mental Health  //  No Comments

Anxiety, my old, old friend
Has been with me since day one
She is of the clingy sorts
Which is never very fun

A self-righteous girl, and jealous, too
She keeps a watchful eye
To ruin every opportunity
I have to pass her by

She and I, acquainted for years
Yet I never felt at home
Her constant, nagging presence
Made me feel even more alone

Though she claims to be my friend
I know it can’t be true
The way she tries to control my thoughts
Is not what a friend would do

Anxiety, please go away
For once, just let me be
To make my own decisions
Instead of overpowering me

Dr. Marsha Lineham has Borderline Personality Disorder!

Jun 27, 2011   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Blog, Mental Health  //  No Comments

I was completely taken back when I read this article.  Dr. Lineham for years has been the leader in the field in dealing with one of the most difficult mental health issues that presents in itself in any given practice all over the world: Borderline Personality Disorder.  She her self fought the years of self-abusive behaviors, including cutting and burning and had chronic suicidal ideations and attempts.

She spent over two years in a hospital and was considered to be one of the most difficult patients to manage.  After a diagnosis of Schizophrenia and treatments of anti-psychotic and shock treatment, she still did not feel much better.

Dr. Lineham coined the term of Radical Acceptance which lead to the leading treatment of this Personality Disorder: DBT.  Accepting life as is and realizing the need for change.

Coming out she hopes that it will help people with the mental health disorder and bridge the gap of negativity that they are always attention seeking and in crisis.

Amazing.  Her skills do work!  I have used them with many patients not only those with Borderline Personality Disorder but for those who need to identify and regulate emotions.

Read the entire Article.

If you yourself believe you suffer from Borderline Personlity Disorder, please call us: 401.475.9979.  We have clinicians who specialize in treating the Disorder.

Are you a Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime?

Jun 25, 2011   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Are you a Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime?

Reason, Season, or Lifetime

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

— Unknown

Positve! Taio Cruz. Great Lyrics. Stand up and stand your ground.

May 31, 2011   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Blog, Mental Health  //  No Comments

Taio Cruz sings this song and each line could be a quote.  When feeling sad just listen.

To listen on You tube click: Positive!

Here I Stand: Poem written by 14 year-old with Depression

May 26, 2011   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Blog, Mental Health  //  No Comments

Here I stand, surrounded by darkness

Lost in the maze that is my mind

I see a faint light, which guides me further into the unknown

I do not look at the dark, for it would only blind me

And cause me to give in to myself

Rather, I focus on the dim light, and nothing else

The light is like a voice, calling to me

As I walk towards it, it seems to run away from me

But I know it will always be with me

The light is an angel, sent to protect me

From the demons that I created

The light guides me through the dark

And puts my mind at ease

I may sleep now, free of doubt

Does your Teen need counseling?

May 10, 2011   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Blog, East Providence, Lincoln, Rhode Island, Mental Health, cranston  //  No Comments

At Anchor Counseling we provide therapy to Adolescents to help them and their families get back on track.  These maybe the most difficult years for these young people.  They deal with many psychosocial stressors including individual, family, and peer pressure.

Some may have Anxiety, Depression, a history of abuse (Trauma), Behavioral issues, Anger, an Easting Disorder.  Whatever the issues, we can help.

We will provide your son or daughter with the most professional, reliable and consistent emotional support to them and the entire family while we help assist and identify the issues at hand.  This phase of their lives can be very challenging for the entire family.  Getting them to understand themselves and give them coping skills to assist in modulating emotions is a step in the right direction no matter what the issue is.

If you know someone that could benefit from therapy please contact us.

Ocd Information Help And Advice

Apr 16, 2011   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Blog, Mental Health  //  No Comments

At Anchor Counseling Center we have seen an increase in referrals from clients from the ages of 4-40 with serious cases of OCD.  We continue to provide counseling and therapy to these clients using psycoeducation, cognitive restructuring, imagery, and exposure therapy.

If you find your self with uncontrollable thoughts that seem to be intrusive enough to effect your everyday functioning let us help you.

We have office in Lincoln, Cranston, and East Providence, Rhode Island.  I have also added additional information and advice on a disorder that has appeared to be causing much distress in people of all ages.

Ocd Information Help And Advice.


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