Tuesday, November 8

#DenyTheDrama -- Skip the Anxiety on Election Night

Nail-biting election, or blow out? Does watching the network blow-by-blow make your life any different? Skip the anxiety, and watch a good family movie. Pizza and popcorn will strengthen your family. Shouting at the television will strengthen your chances of having a stroke.


Friday, October 7

Anxious? See you in the morning!

Interesting study out of Southern Methodist University says morning counseling sessions are most effective for the treatment of anxiety. Seems it's all down to cortisol levels. Cortisol, a naturally-occurring hormone that helps extinguish fear, is at its highest level after a good night's sleep.

Clients who work with us know that learning to manage relationship anxiety is a significant part of our therapeutic approach. This research adds to the weight of evidence that waiting until daylight to solve relationship problems might be the healthiest approach!

Click here to read more about the study.

Friday, July 8

The Research on Religiosity and Mental Health

You asked for it, right? Research demonstrating that religious affiliation and spirituality are linked to better outcomes than irreligiosity? 

So saddle up, cowherds. This range is wide, and the research is recent. (If the topic interests you, you may want to bookmark this page, because I'll be adding more as it comes to my attention):

Abreu, M. E., Laureano, R. S., Silva, R. V., & DionĂ­sio, P. (2015). Volunteerism, compassion and religiosity as drivers of donations practices. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 20(3), 256-276. doi:10.1002/nvsm.1526

“This study looks into the role of religiosity as a predictor of donations practices. Also volunteerism and compassion, two acts of pro‐social behaviour

Saturday, June 11

Why We Might Counsel You to Find a Church

Do we push religion in counseling?

Um...yes and no.

No, your religious life is your own concern. You aren't required to be a practicing member of any particular religious community to get help from Allied Family Therapy. People of any -- or no -- religious faith are welcome here.

But here's the yes: When clients tell us they feel socially disconnected, when they feel their marriages or other relationships are coming apart, when they experience symptoms of depression, anger, or loneliness, when they go through transitional life stages, or when they're new in the area, we start asking about religious affiliation.

There's a good reason.

Turns out there's a wealth of research -- good, solid, peer-reviewed academic research -- demonstrating

Tuesday, June 7

Our Relating project

Over at our sister blog on The Relationship Institute, we're talking about our next publishing project, The AiKi of Marriage.

AiKi is a fascinating subject -- sort of a martial arts of the mind. Stop by and see what we're up to!

Tuesday, May 10

Therapy time?

Allied Family Therapy works with couples AND families. Give us a call!