Woman raising her hands in freedom - In the “therapy” world, validation is the process of other’s confirming the validity of emotions, but many don't know how powerful and liberating it can be.

The Power of Validation

Consider the last time you vented frustrations to a friend, family member, or significant other. How did they react? Did they say things like, “Give it time and it will seem insignificant”, or “It’s not that big of a deal”? If so, how did that make you feel in return? Not exactly the greatest right? Now think about if they had answered in a way that confirmed those unpleasant emotions. “That must feel disappointing, I would be upset too” or “Wow, I don’t blame you at all for feeling the way you do”. It is just as important to validate our unpleasant emotions as it is the positive ones. That’s why today we want to dive into the concept of validation and how powerful and liberating it can be.

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Art supplies - Calming coloring books are still trending, however, they actually aren't considered to be art therapy - art therapy is much different.

What is Art Therapy?

I am sure you have heard about the trend in coloring books and doodling. You can go to your local bookstore, grocery store, and even toy store to find intricate and detailed coloring books. While those coloring books are beautiful and lovely (I have a few myself), they are not art therapy. Yes – even if some of those coloring books say “Art Therapy.”  Art activities like coloring, making slime, worry dolls, calm jars and even crafting can be used in therapy sessions, but we call those experiences art as therapy. Art therapy is different.

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Three black handheld phones - How good would you say you are at communicating? Before you try gifts, give your partner what they really want, better communication!

Your Partner Just Wants Better Communication

Valentine’s Day was only a week ago. And we’re sure that there was some disappointment out there in regard to meeting expectations. Before you throw your significant other in the emotional doghouse, take a moment to reflect upon your communication. If you were expecting something big and romantic, did you tell your partner that that’s what you wanted? Instead of gifts, give your partner what they really want, better communication!

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Girl sitting with her emotions - Emotion-focused therapy is a modality of healing that aims to remove shame from emotions as it’s believed emotions hold the key to both identity and choice.

Treatment 101: Emotion-Focused Therapy

Have you ever been told your “too emotional?” Maybe it’s been pointed out that you cry too much or can get overly moody. Have comments like that caused you to try to repress and hold in your emotions as much as possible? Today we want to talk about a type of therapy that puts your emotions front and center. Emotion-focused therapy is a modality of healing that aims to remove shame from emotions as it’s believed emotions hold the key to both identity and choice. Let’s feel our feels and dive in a little deeper into this type of therapy treatment.

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Older woman, smiling - Looking after your well-being becomes even more important as you face the many physical, mental, and emotional challenges that come with growing older.

Senior Self-Care on a Fixed Income

Today’s senior self-care blog is a collaboration piece written by Karen Weeks.

How Seniors Can Stay Well and Spend Less?

If you’re a senior living on a fixed income, you don’t have a lot of money to spare for luxuries. However, that doesn’t mean you should forgo self-care. Self-care is just as important in the later stages of life as when you’re younger. In fact, looking after your well-being becomes even more important as you age and face the many physical, mental, and emotional challenges that come with growing older.

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Woman smiling at her reflection - For many, falling off the wagon on a resolution can lead to self-doubt - this is why this is the perfect time to talk about building your self-worth!

CPA: New Year, New Self-Worth

We have reached the end of the first month of the new decade. And this is a great time for a bit of self-reflection. How has this month gone? If you made resolutions, how have they been going? Have you been able to stick to them? Or do they already feel like a lost cause? More importantly, how are you feeling? For many, falling off the wagon on a resolution can lead to self-doubt and negative self-talk. This is why this is the perfect time to talk about your relationship with yourself and ways to build your self-worth this year!

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Cristina Panaccionne and Associates - Do you ever wonder if your therapist cares about you? At CPA, we genuinely want you to succeed and help you create the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Your Therapist Really Does Care

When you go through hard times, it can really put things into perspective. At CPA, we’re going through one of those times right now. We recently lost one of our clients unexpectedly, which has caused much grief and conversation among our practitioners. One of those conversations has been about the concept of wondering whether or not our clients realize how much we care for them. And that isn’t just an isolated concept within our practice. Rather, for the most part, anyway, your therapist genuinely wants you to succeed and help you create the life you’ve always dreamed of.

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You Can’t Move on Without Forgiveness

Ah, the new year. A wonderful time to focus on new goals and reset priorities to reach them. Some people set similar goals year after year, only to find that they aren’t every really reaching them. If this sounds like you, forgiveness may be the key to unlocking your potential. That’s because, without forgiveness, we are stuck in cycles and patterns of choices that continue ending in the same place. Forgiveness helps us move forward, forgoing the negative emotions tied to that memory. And ultimately helping us grow, evolve, and reach our potential.

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Kids reading in a children's section of a library- Navigating LGBTQ inclusivity, gender, and sexuality is difficult. Therapist and MSCP, Laurel Wasson discusses how to talk to your kids about this topic.

LGBTQ Inclusivity: Books on Gender and Sexuality

LGBTQ Inclusivity: utilizing books to help navigate gender and sexuality.

While visiting family for the holidays, I had attended a storytime event at a library with my own children.  I love seeing the children’s sections at different libraries. Each has a different way of creating a safe space for engaging children in reading.  This specific library we were visiting had built a giant cardboard pumpkin. This pumpkin was filled with tunnels for the kids to crawl through.  It was enclosed enough to make the space private for the little explorers. But also had occasional windows for the adults to peer in. The pumpkin also had a ton of little cozy nooks filled with pillows, blankets, twinkle lights, and small cardboard shelves that proudly displayed books relevant to pumpkins and the holidays.  If I was smaller, I would have gladly crawled through and snuggled up with a book in one of the pumpkin nooks.

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Senior couple walking on the beach - People generally have a longer life expectancy these days - here are 5 ways you can promote your health as a senior during your golden years.

5 Simple Ways to Promote Your Health as a Senior

Today’s blog is a collaboration piece written by Karen Weeks.

No one would be surprised to hear that seniors who live healthy lifestyles stand a greater chance of living a longer and happier life. People generally have a longer life expectancy these days. Here are 5 ways to promote your health as a senior in order to live your best life in the golden years.

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