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Sara Loughlin, LCSW

Psychotherapist

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January 3, 2017

Happy New Year everyone!  This month’s blog theme is about identifying goals and themes for the new year to support your recovery process.  I am a big fan of setting goals.  If we don’t set goals for ourselves we are like a boat in the ocean without a destination.  The boat weathers storms and turns this way and that way and just tries to survive.  But if the boat has a set destination, it may be turned around by the same storms, but it will get back on its...

November 9, 2016

The Thanksgiving holiday is centered around family, friends, nourishment, and the concept of gratitude-- giving thanks for what we have.  Having a mindset of gratitude in everyday life can be a great tool to use against depression and anxiety and the negative thoughts that accompany them.  Bringing our attention to what is going well in our lives, despite the things that are not working out as we had hoped, forces us to take stock of all the good things we...

October 6, 2016

Anxiety is an all too common side effect of our modern, fast-paced life.  A little bit of anxiety is natural and even beneficial-- anxiety before an interview or before a date can help motivate us to prepare and do our best.  However, when the anxiety becomes intrusive, and is a daily presence in our lives, interfering in our functioning or our ability to be happy, then it becomes a problem.  The good news is there are things we can do to control our anxiet...

July 1, 2016

This month’s blog is about interdependence- the midpoint between complete independence and codependency.  We are social creatures and are happiest when we have secure connections and bonds with others.  However, our society values independent traits such as self reliance, putting your own needs and goals ahead of a relationship, and confidence in your ability to make decisions for yourself.  Codependency is at the other end of the relationship spectrum.  Co...

June 3, 2016

This month’s theme is about listening to our intuition.  Our intuition is often referred to as “inner knowing” or “a gut feeling.”  It can be especially helpful to listen to our intuition when making an important choice or assessing new people in our lives.  People will say things like, “I had a bad feeling about him when I first met him but ignored it.”  I think it is especially difficult to connect to our inner wisdom in today’s society.  We are inundated...

April 12, 2016

This month’s blog theme is “How do you heal a broken heart.” My first thought with this one is, “if I had the answer to that, I’d be a millionaire!” The reality is that all of us have had our hearts broken at one time or another, and we can all agree it is a terribly painful process. The one thing that we have no control over that is the most effective in healing a broken heart is the passage of time. But there are some things we can do to take care of ours...

March 29, 2016

During the winter months, nature is at rest, and in spring, a rebirth begins.  Spring brings with it an energy for renewal and growth and is a great opportunity to implement changes in our lives.  We can wake up from our winter hibernation and stretch outside our comfort zones into our potential.  We start by being present and mindful that our intention is to use the energy of springtime to implement changes.  I have heard about “spring cleaning” since I wa...

February 10, 2016

For this month’s blog post, I wanted to write about using mindfulness in relationships.  I am a big fan of mindfulness and think that it can be a very useful tool in dealing with people that are important to us.  When we are in a relationship, we often have expectations of the other to behave a certain way. When they don’t get that memo (or choose to ignore it), we can become triggered and emotional.   When we are in our emotional state, we often react inst...

January 16, 2016

This month’s blog theme is “Being of service while in recovery.” In Alcoholics Anonymous, this sentiment is basically the 12th step: “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”  What this means is once a person is sufficiently recovered from their addiction by working through the steps and staying sober, it is important to try to hel...

February 10, 2015

Finding love in recovery can be challenging, but it can also be much more rewarding, healthy, and lasting than any relationship while one is in their addiction. Real love requires intimacy, which is something that the very nature of addiction blocks. People in their addiction will often escape the difficulties of a relationship by using, and this prevents both partners from communicating and working through their issues. Someone that is truly working a reco...

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