Steps to Help Children Manage Anxiety

The way we typically address anxiety is by focusing on what we are anxious about and then trying to get rid of the unpleasant symptoms and feelings. In light of uncertainty being an inevitable condition of life, certain mental health professionals are advocating for preventative steps in

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The Alkaline vs Acidic Debate

It’s a pitch that celebrities love: that the alkaline diet can help you lose weight and avoid problems like arthritis and cancer. In addition to the latest celebs, many health proponents claim that your blood needs to be of an alkaline pH level to keep you healthy

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Can Probiotics Replace Antidepressants?

The future of depression treatment might be chilling in the dairy case. A study published earlier this year in Nature Scientific Reports said that beneficial bacteria, commonly found in yogurt, could help relieve depression-like symptoms of mice. Over the last few decades, scientists have begun exploring the connections between

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Using Art Therapy to treat PTSD

Art therapy has grown exponentially over the past two decades, not only advancing treatment options but also advancing into different populations and treatment settings. In particular, art therapists have been working with a very special and unique population—the military. For over 15 years, post-9/11 military service members

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The Psychology of Breaking Any Bad Habit

As a smart, ambitious person, you know that bad habits keep you from reaching your goals. You know you’re capable of self-control. Yet, despite your best efforts, you’ve been unable to change. Whether it’s mid-day snacking, procrastinating, or skipping workouts, feeling powerless in the face of bad

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How Generosity Benefits the Giver

Altruism—the concern for the welfare of others—is considered a bedrock virtue by nearly all religions and cultures. From an evolutionary perspective, we’re wired for helping others. Giving of yourself—whether it is your time, energy or money—is not just of benefit to those you are helping; A wealth

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Companion & Coaching Services

Dr. Ermshar & Associates is proud to introduce companion and coaching services. This is a service we have been offering since 2016 but we want to tell you a bit more about it. Companion services encompass a variety of coaching strategies and interventions that are ultimately tailored

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Ideas on Therapeutic Writing

Therapeutic writing is an avenue to write about your thoughts and feelings and in turn become more self-aware. It involves taking a deeper look and gaining a better understanding of our wants and wishes. According to Lynda Monk, “Writing is a way to express our authentic voice,

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Bipolar, Schizophrenia & the Microbiome

Is it possible for the bacterial community in your gut to actually be related to psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder? Research on the human microbiome and its effects on health and illness has exploded into the worlds of medicine and research. It is increasingly

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How to Give Feedback

For our purposes, we will define effective feedback as that which is clearly heard, understood and accepted. Those are the areas that are within your power. You have no control over whether the recipient chooses to act upon your feedback, so let’s put that aside. So how

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