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Setbacks! Keep moving forward! Every step is meaningful.

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

Everyone deals with change, setbacks, disappointments, and at times feel like we are stuck in mud or just spinning our wheels.  Although at times, this could be the perception the truth is that no matter what is happening every step along the journey should be meaningful.

The Weekly Compass wrote an article on January 8, 2008.  In the article titled Every Step is forward: No going back they did a great job at pointing out exactly what it means to take a positive spin no matter what curve ball life may have thrown at you.

“There are times when we feel that we are spinning our wheels in the mud in terms of our spiritual progress.  This can be especially true following a period of major growth in which we feel as if we’ve gained a lot of ground.  In fact, this is the way growth goes.”  It is important to note hear that despite making progress in certain areas, there will always be more issues that arise and we should continue to move forward and not consider this a set back.  “The hard work we have done cannot be undone.”

“Every step is meaningful and even one that seems to take us backward is a forward step in the sense that it is what we must do to move to the next level.”  We are constantly working at life.  It doesn’t stop because we have been able to conquer one obstacle.  Life is just that!  We keep living.  Dealing and coping with what the day brings.

“Once the sun rises, it doesn’t go backward but instead follows its path in one direction.  It may appear to stand still for a moment in time, or to move more slowly at some point or another, but really it is steadily moving forward in it’s path.”  Just like the sun is our life.  At times, we wish things we move a little faster but as long as we remain mindful, the journey to our daily goals will continue.  Sometimes slower than others but nevertheless always moving forward.

We can treat ourselves better by making healthier decisions.  Eating healthier, getting more rest or sleep,and exercising.  No matter what old issue may come back and requires revisiting, remember this is a step-forward.  Progress is being made.

Be mindful of what you have accomplished and continue to see life as a journey.  Follow your path (goals) and you will never feel as if you have not accomplished anything.

Individual Counseling, therapy! Let us be the Anchor you have been looking for!

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

What is individual counseling?  It can be defined in many ways.  Therapy, coaching, psychotherapy, counseling, or simply having someone to talk to.  We have defined individual counseling.  No matter what the issues are, let us be the anchor: a reliable or principal support that you have been looking for!

Contact us for any additional assistance!

Words…Self-image. Respect.

Mar 25, 2011   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Mental Health  //  No Comments

I read this posting by Simply Positive and it deserves more attention!  I wanted to share this with everyone associated with Anchor Counseling and pass it forward.  Very powerful.

Simply Positive One thing we often forget is the power of words & how we use them. What we do (actions) influence & shape our day & future. But the words we choose to use & speak about ourselves & others…to others, also makes a huge impact on today & future…
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How do you know if you need Anger Management?

Mar 14, 2011   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Blog  //  No Comments

How do you know if you need anger management?  You either find yourself unable to control your aggression or someone, maybe even the legal system,  has asked or ordered you to attend Anger Management Classes.

There is no cure for anger but instead learn to decrease the act of allowing certain emotions to take over a situation or getting educated about the triggers that lead to how you may act out.

We tell anyone that if you can manage anger you can manage happiness too.  The person does not change, unless you choose to change.

Psycho-education play a huge part in learning to control your outbursts.  Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can also help with restructuring thoughts that lead to your emotions and eventually the way we all behave.

Perception or irrational thoughts maybe a leading cause.  At times, what you have experienced in the past may lead to preconceived notions and anger maybe a learned behavior.

Lastly, anger for many people is much easier to deal with than to talk about what is truly the issue at hand.  Someone maybe sad, depressed, anxious, fearful or many other things.  Learning to cope with life is and understanding yourself will in the end help you manage you; that would be the goal.  Change can only be brought by education and understanding while appropriate communicating the primary issue or emotion.

If you feel you could benefit from speaking to someone please call us @ 475-9979.  We have offices in East Providence, Cranston, and Lincoln.

Or click here to email us with any questions.

Anxiety Disorder: Anchor Counseling can help!

Mar 13, 2011   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Blog, Mental Health  //  No Comments

Richard Figueira is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who completed his Master of Social Work at Boston College. In addition to his work in private practice, Richard is also an Assistant Director of Special Education for a local town in Massachusetts. He is known for creating Emotional and Behavioral Programs that allow children and families to access public education despite having mental health issues.

Richard has dedicated over ten years of clinical work with children and adults having serious emotional, social, or behavioral issues in residential placements, homes, and school settings. Richard has been responsible for the direct supervision of staff including clinicians and teachers.

He has experience working with adults, families, and couples. Specializing in Mood, Thought, and Anxiety Disorders. He uses an eclectic approach depending on the client’s needs. Through the use of therapeutic interventions he has been able to help provide his clients with the psycho-education, positive and healthy coping skills, and an environment where they feel comfortable discussing everyday issues. As always, the goal is to improve the clients overall functioning in their daily lives.

Although, Richard treats many individuals with an array of issues, he specializes in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders. This includes OCD, PTSD, Panic Disorder with or without Agoraphobia, or Generalized Disorder. His dedication to providing the most recent research based interventions have allowed him to be a leader in the treatment of anxiety with children, adults, couples, and families in the state of Rhode Island.

Richard uses primarily a Cognitive Behavioral Approach. His understanding of the disorder allows him to provide his patients with the appropriate psycho-education needed to first understand the illness that affects millions of Americans. With Anxiety, many different approaches are used, but he has been successful using mindfulness techniques along with imagery. Breathing techniques modified with a EMDR, allows to completely understand the function of the anxiety and the role it maybe playing in an individuals life.

For those with fears/phobias he uses exposure therapy in or out of the office. With exposure therapy, he has also been successful at treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or better known as OCD.

Many times children maybe angry, oppositional or defiant and the primary emotion is fear based. They react in order to gain control over their lives. This is especially true for those with attachment or an adverse childhood experience. He completes and fully analyzes the function of this behavior and teaches how to appropriate recognize the emotion behind the thoughts. This will allow to teach appropriate coping skills to modulate emotions.

He will also help his clients understand irrational thoughts or thinking by using Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy. The thoughts are questioned and put in perspective when attempting to create a more healthy thinking process. This also allows for a change in cognitive restructuring.

Richard takes most insurances and sees patients in Lincoln, Cranston, and East Providence.

To schedule an appointment please call 475-9979 or click here to send an email.

Relay for Life! Fund Raiser at Uno’s!

Mar 12, 2011   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Blog, News  //  No Comments

Amalia G Betancourt

us at UNO’s in Attleboro on March 27th to raise money for “junk in the
trunk” and the American Cancer Society. UNO’s will donate up to 20%


Relay for Life: Donations and chance at free iPad!

Mar 7, 2011   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Blog, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

This year Anchor Counseling has joined the relay for life team of “Junk in the trunk.” Although, the team name sounds a little funny-you can imagine where the person had the cancer cells. Thanks to events like this, the young lady has come back with a clean pathology. Please consider giving back! Every amount is greatly appreciated.

Donate here

Therapy! Does it help

Feb 13, 2011   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Blog  //  No Comments

The journal article explains some irrational thoughts behind therapy and what it actually is.  It also does a great job at looking at the percentage of people that could actually use someone to talk to.

Read article


No need to feel this way!

Anchor Counseling Center is opening New Location in East Providence!

Feb 7, 2011   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Blog, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Anchor Counseling Center has been providing clinical support to people of all ages for about 2 years now.  We began in Cumberland and quickly opening our second location in Lincoln.  Shortly after, we decided to open a third office in Cranston.  Opening an office in Cranston, allowed us to work with Dr. Andreotis and his group of psychiatrists from Child and Family Psychiatry.

We have grown into a practice of 17 therapists and 1600 patients.  We see children as young as 3 and adults well into their middle ages.  Having a group of clinicians gives the practice the ability to provide the client with the most appropriate treatment for their issues.  Our therapist each focus in an array of issues and have an eclectic approach when it comes to treatment modalities.

Today we are getting ready to provide the same professional and reliable clinical support, counseling, and therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and their families to the East Bay area.  We are in the process of opening our third office location in East Providence.  The office will be at 870 Waterman Avenue in East Providence.

We chose this location as we felt it would provide the opportunity to people with easy access to the office.  It is 2 minutes off of 195 at exit 6.  It is less than .3 miles away from the East Side of Providence, less than a mile from Pawtucket, and Seekonk.  It is also one exit from the Barrington line which includes the Bristol and Warren Areas.

It has been our goal to provide support to our community while trying to de-stigmatize mental health in general.  The office will provide a calming a very soothing atmosphere for all.  The whole experience of coming to your therapy appointment will be one of comfort from the first time you call us.  Our mission will remain the same with client’s needs always first.

Please call our office @ 401.475.9979 with any additional questions.

Richard Figueira, LICSW

Clinical Director

Anchor Counseling Center

She was a believer until….

Dec 23, 2010   //   by Shawna Figueira   //   Blog  //  No Comments

So we all do our best to keep our children believing in something bigger during the Holiday Season.  For example, good old Saint Nick.  Two years ago, when one of my clients still believed in Santa she was not so presently surprised that for 10 years so was lied to by her parents and the rest of the world.

Although, she often believed that mom had to “buy wrapping paper” for Santa and every movie she ever watched Santa always had his own.  Yet, her mother had to buy it for their house?! 

The cookies she had left out for Santa on Christmas eve, were traced back to her father as she found cookie crumbs on his mustache!!!!  Weeks went by and she began to ask multiple questions.  She was sad to find out that their truly wasn’t a Santa.  The thing that children dream about was not real.  She found joy believing in Santa.  All the threats made throughout the year; “if you don’t…  Her childhood she feels was taken.  Santa was her parents. 

She was disappointed.  Someone with Anxiety could not understadn the change or understand  how the best time of the year was now just an existance in her imagination. 

Today, she keeps the spirit alive because it still brings her joy knowing waking up on Christmas morning Santa was responsible for bringing family together for Christmas.  She hopes her dad will be able to be there this year as well.

I hope he is.  After all someone has to eat the cookies before you wake up.


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