Vantage Point Counseling Services Blog

Vantage Point Counseling Services Blog

This page is dedicated to discussing current events and topics of interest relating to psychotherapy, counseling, and other advice and help for issues relating to anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationships, and sexual issues. Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments. This page will be updated often, so please check back frequently. Click on the title to be directed to the article you are interested in reading about below.

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The Power of Talk: How to Improve Your Ability to Voice Your Concerns

The Power of Talk: How to Improve Your Ability to Voice Your Concerns

The Power of Talk: How to Improve Your Ability to Voice Your Concerns You are sitting at your desk, replaying the conversation between you and a coworker on a loop. You should say something, something to express your discomfort with the statements made, but how? Is the workplace the right

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Love and Lust Don’t Have to Be Opposites

Love and Lust Don't Have to Be Opposites

Love and Lust Don’t Have to Be Opposites It is common to read articles about “Love versus Lust.” However, these things don’t have to be on opposite ends of any kind of a spectrum. Love is often considered healthy, beautiful and “good.” So where does this leave lust? In this

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What to Do When You Waited Too Long to See a Therapist

What to Do When You Waited Too Long to See a Therapist

What to Do When You Waited Too Long to See a Therapist Unfortunately, it’s common for people to wait “too long” to take that step of seeking out a therapist. I see this most often with people who are dealing with addictions, and people who are having relationship issues. In

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Traumatic Shame in Living with HIV

Traumatic Shame in Living with HIV

Traumatic Shame in Living with HIV Over the past 2 decades, there have been tremendous advancements in the treatment of HIV. Despite this, there is still a lot of shame that people live with when they have HIV. HIV is associated with illness and even something as silly as “sexual

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Is Your Relationship in Trouble? – 7 Signs It’s Time to Seek a Marriage Therapist

Is Your Relationship in Trouble? – 7 Signs It’s Time to Seek a Marriage Therapist

Is Your Relationship in Trouble? – 7 Signs It’s Time to Seek a Marriage Therapist For better or worse. Through sickness and health. The vows you make to your spouse look differently in the everyday practice of marriage. All marriages and relationships experience highs and lows, but sometimes you need

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Sexual Healing: What Are the Secrets to Overcoming Erectile Dysfunction?

Sexual Healing: What Are the Secrets to Overcoming Erectile Dysfunction?

Sexual Healing: What Are the Secrets to Overcoming Erectile Dysfunction? Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can be an embarrassing condition that proves detrimental to a man’s self-confidence. Even though you may feel alienated by experiencing ED, it is not an uncommon condition. In fact, 52 percent of men experience erectile dysfunction, according

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Treatment Takes Time… Staying with the Process

Treatment Takes Time... Staying with the Process

Treatment Takes Time… Staying with the Process Therapy can take time. It can be difficult to stay with the process. You are committing a lot when you engage in such deep work. You have to take time out of your day. It can be emotionally draining. You can work through

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Shame Reactivity versus Taking Responsibility

Shame Reactivity versus Taking Responsibility

Shame Reactivity versus Taking Responsibility Shame and taking responsibility are not opposites. Whenever we have to take responsibility, we are going to be living with some element of shame. In fact, shame is in the underbelly of most aspects of our lives. It reflects our human need to connect, and

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Sex Addiction Groups: How Do They Help With Recovery?

Sex Addiction Groups: How Do They Help With Recovery?

Sex Addiction Groups: How Do They Help With Recovery? Sex addiction is notably isolating for those that suffer from it. Not only does sex addiction often spring from debilitating childhood traumas, but it also has a negative impact on day to day life. These effects encourage many sufferers to close

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5 Ways Childhood Traumas Can Affect Your Adult Relationships

5 Ways Childhood Traumas Can Affect Your Adult Relationships When we think of childhood, we’re often filled with memories of bad haircuts, backyard adventures, and feelings of innocence. However, for those of us who experienced trauma at an early age, childhood can seem like a part of ourselves we would

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