Our Newest Counselor

Meet Our Newest Counselor!

We have exciting news! Cristina Panaccione and Associates, Counseling, has been rapidly growing over the past few months. So much in fact that we are diving head first into a new expansion plan. Our goal is to always provide the very best care and counsel to our clients as possible. With that said, we are so excited to introduce you to our newest counselor, Fransisco Bentancourt!

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other postpartum symptoms

Other Postpartum Symptoms

For the last two weeks, we’ve been discussing the postpartum disorders that arise once your baby is born. As much as we’d like to say that these issues don’t happen, these cases are becoming more and more prominent. Fortunately, women are becoming braver and braver in sharing their stories and reaching out for help. Two weeks ago we discussed the most common of those postpartum disorders, postpartum depression. Last week, we shifted gears into learning more about postpartum anxiety. This week, we want to take a deep dive into some of the other postpartum symptoms – those of which relate to postpartum PTSD, postpartum OCD, and postpartum psychosis.

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anxious mother

The Anxious Mother

Motherhood is an indescribable experience. You aren’t able to understand it until you become a mother. And while it has its incredible ups, motherhood also has its downs. New mothers especially are in for a whirlwind, as there are many mental illnesses that thrive once a baby is born. Last week we opened up dialogue about postpartum depression. And in keeping theme, this week we are diving into the topic of postpartum anxiety. It is not uncommon to become an anxious mother. So keep reading to learn more about this common experience.

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Postpartum Counseling

Postpartum Counseling: Depression

You recently welcomed a bundle of joy into your home, and the first few days were magical. However, now that the newborn pixie dust is starting to settle, you’re feeling off. You’ve heard stories of all the woes that come after the baby. And you start to wonder if the same is going to happen to you. What does postpartum depression feel like? What are the symptoms? How do you know if you really have it, or if you’re just exaggerating with your spike in hormones? And if you do, what are your postpartum counseling options?

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DBT Skills for Anxiety and Depression

DBT Skills for Depression and Anxiety

A few weeks ago, we posted a blog on CBT, a type of treatment that promotes the changing of a persons’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is a method that has continually shown to help those looking to reduce their anxiety. Today, we want to take a look into a branch of CBT known as Dialectical Behavior Therapy. DBT skills are important as they tend to help supplement the things CBT doesn’t help with. Most importantly, its ability to help a person accept their current circumstances and make changes accordingly.

Sure, that sounds great and all. But you may be wondering how DBT can help you with depression and anxiety. Continue reading to learn more!

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coping with reproductive issues

Coping with Reproductive Issues

Maybe you have always known you wanted to be a parent. Perhaps the maternal/paternal feelings didn’t come until later in your life. There are those who have actively sought out parenthood. Or maybe the transition came without warning. However the journey unfolds, parenthood is an exciting time. Many claim that the day of their child’s birth is the best day of their lives. But unfortunately, things don’t always go according to plan. There are chances of miscarriages, infertility, and loss of child. With those tragic experiences come feelings of sadness, anger, grief, guilt, and shame. How do people get through these horrible tragedies? In today’s post, we want to talk about coping with reproductive issues. And share our own stories of our therapists helping patients through this distressing time.

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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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