By Kendra Doukas, LMFT and Joey Tadie, PhD We get a lot of postpartum mothers at the Catalyst Center that come in either with an official postpartum depression diagnosis, or with concerns that they might have this condition. This form of depression is unique from other types of mood problems and often requires different considerations […]
By Kendra Doukas This is topic that is very near and dear to my heart. Pregnancy and birth have many mentionable aspects, but the specific part I want to focus on is the importance of the language we use surrounding cesarean birth. When women give birth by cesarean it is very important for us to […]
By Kendra Doukas At the Catalyst Center we get the struggles of parenting. Daily tasks can become much more complicated when you have to plan around kids’ schedules, moods, attention-spans, etc. In particular, something like going to grocery shopping with children can be an awful experience. It can be so awful in fact that going […]
By Kendra Doukas We are taught that emotions are often “irrational” and that it is better to think logically or rationally. I find that argument to be flawed as it discounts the essential role emotions have in helping us understand ourselves and the world around us. Emotions are not necessarily based on rationality, but that […]
Do Aesthetics Of A Therapy Office Really Matter? We intentionally design our space to look and feel like a spa because we feel passionate about the effect the space has on our therapy work. The location and quality of a building or office space sets the tone for the experience you expect to have. We […]
When wondering if therapists spend their free time analyzing themselves or everyone around them, it is important to point out that most therapists don’t want to do clinical work in their off time. The ironic thing is that therapists are some of the most non-judgmental people around.
I just finished re-reading what I consider to be some of the best information about couples and relationships out there, Dr. Susan Johnson’s “Hold Me Tight: Conversations for a Lifetime of Love” (2008). Dr. Johnson is the founder of Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy and her book explores the attachment principles behind human connection, specifically within intimate […]
Bullying continues to be a huge problem in our schools and youth communities. With bullying remaining such a prevalent issue, it makes sense that we should strategize ways to help ourselves and our loved ones navigate these challenging relationships. Kendra Doukas, LMFT addresses this complex topic and offers useful guidance on how to overcome the difficulties being faced.
For many of us, the holiday season is stressful, overbooked, and difficult. Our to-do lists are overflowing and pocket books draining as we look to fulfill out gift list for those in our lives. Reminding yourself about the true meaning of this time of year can really help to feel connected to a greater good versus bogged down by the holidays.
This weekly blog series offers a collection of diverse and effective coping techniques that can reduce stress, improve mental and emotional well-being, and perhaps make you even more effective in achieving your individual goals. Check back every Monday morning for the newest skill of the week.