Relationship Counseling

Family and Relationship Counseling with Kristen Biancaniello


…and pleasure to meet you! My name is Kristen Biancaniello, MSEd, NCC, CMHP. I want to congratulate you for your openness towards relationship counseling. And for taking this first step in making a change in your life. I received my Masters from Duquense University in 2010 in relationship counseling, with a focus on marriage and family therapy. That same year I became a Nationally Certified Counselor. I am currently waiting on pins and needles to hear from the great state of Pennsylvania as to when I can add Licensed Professional Counselor to the end of my name.

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Cycle of Wellness

The Cycle of Wellness

Health is a cycle. It’s continuous, constantly fed by the choices you make. The cycle of wellness can be positive, negative, and in some cases, stagnant. The positive feedback cycle tends to be fueled by “healthy” choices. Consuming a wholesome diet. Getting in at least half an hour of activity a day. Sleeping enough. Managing and coping with stress, anxiety, and worry. Creating supportive inner-dialogues.

These positive actions continually build on each other. Often resulting in improved health, feeling energized and finding gratitude and true happiness. These feelings are the ultimate goal and the ultimate reward for those difficult choices. By continually saying “yes” to these healthy stops in the cycle, that cycle in turn only gets stronger.

But what are these choices exactly? And how do they all add up? Keep reading to find out!

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Essential Oils for Mental Peace

Essential Oils for Mental Peace

If you feel you’re suffering from more stressful days than not lately, consider adding essential oils for mental peace to your wellness routine. They can help you regain your sense of mental peace and relaxation. Essential oils have been trending everywhere lately, so many wonders if they actually work. We know that every body is different and will respond to differently to certain tools. However, it turns out that essential oils for mental peace tend to work extremely well in reducing stress and anxiety.

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Panic Attack or Heart Attack

Is Your Heart Attack Actually a Panic Attack? Your heart is racing and you start to feel tightness in your chest. Your palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy – yes, these are rap lyrics by Eminem, but they are referencing a very common occurrence as of late.

Distinguishing the two can be difficult, especially for those who have never experienced either of them. The two kinds of attacks can feel alarmingly similar including shortness of breath, heart palpitations, chest pain/tightness, dizziness, vertigo, numbness, sweating, shaking, and even fainting. Most who have experienced these attacks feel as if they are losing control of their body and think they may be dying.

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CBT Counseling

CBT Counseling: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT counseling or Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy based on the cognitive model claiming “the way individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction that the situation itself.” The goal is to boost happiness by modifying negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Unlike other forms of therapy that focus on a patients’ past, CBT counseling encourages problem-solving to change destructive thought patterns and behaviors.

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couples therapy

Couples therapy with Amber Chapman

Hello, my name is Amber Chapman, MA, LPC, CAADC, and I have been a practicing therapist for over 17 years.  Couples therapy in the form of Couples and marriage counseling is a high priority for me as I believe we all deserve to have healthy, trustworthy, loving relationships that increase our individual strengths.  All relationships have challenges that arise, however we sometimes are without the coping skills necessary to meet those challenges in a healthy manner.  It can be an even more daunting task to develop these coping skills within the community with diverse needs such as the LBGT community.  Though it is typical for LBGT couples to seek therapy for the exact same reasons as a heterosexual couple, it is important to find a therapist who is LBGT specialized to create an appropriately trustworthy therapeutic relationship.

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relationship checklist

The Relationship Checklist

Relationship checklist – are you the type of person that likes to look at lists? Do you ever wish life came with a manual, a How-To-Tutorial on navigating through the obstacles of life? You aren’t the only one. While there isn’t a tried and true book on successful romantic relationships, there are behaviors that can cause concern. Read through the following list and make a note of things that resonate with you regarding your current relationship.

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10 Relationship Exercises to Try at Home

Relationships exercises can help prevent you ever calling us for an appointment. As a couple’s therapist, I know that on the outside, a couples’ need for counseling may seem like the relationship is already doomed. Can a relationship survive when things are “bad” enough that outside help is needed? Yes, actually, it can. And it won’t just survive. When the individuals in the relationship are open and coming from a place of love, the relationship only grows stronger and can even begin to thrive.

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why we cheat

Why we cheat on our relationships – five reasons

We said it earlier, cheating and infidelity, happen but we often wonder why we cheat. People and their relationships are complex, full of their own variations, experiences, and quirks. If you think about it, it’s amazing that most relationships work out at all. Monogamous relationships are comprised of two people with different heritage backgrounds, life experiences, upbringings, and sometimes even social classes coming together to live harmoniously together. Not the easiest of tasks – especially for a relationship lasting decades.

It’s becoming more common than ever to be found in a relationship with a partner who either has cheated in the past or is currently toying with the idea of straying. Most of the time, cheating can be rooted down to one of two issues: an issue with the actual relationship, or an issue with one of the individuals in the relationship. If you’ve found yourself in the middle of infidelity (whether done by you or done to you), you may be looking for answers on how to move forward. However, in order to move forward, sometimes it’s crucial to take a step back.

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surviving an affair

Six Key Steps to Surviving an Affair

For most of us, infidelity isn’t just a rough patch in a relationship – it’s usually the end of it entirely. In a recent study done in the UK, 33% of people surveyed actually think a relationship can survive and thrive after an affair. Yet when the same question was asked to UK relationship counselors, 94% thought redemption was possible. While each relationship is unique and different to the next, it’s rather relieving to hear that so many professionals are optimistic about post-affair relationships. Unfortunately and realistically, affairs do happen. So what are the next steps to take in surviving an affair?

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