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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Disarming Misery

When I’m working with clients who are dealing with serious depressive issues, the hopelessness that they experience can wreak havoc in their lives. Many times these clients forget that they have options. They become lost in “all-or-nothing” thinking, which perpetuates their negative mood. If you are someone who is living

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Dealing with Complacency

In substance abuse counseling and couples counseling, one of the most common issues is complacency. This can wreak havoc in peoples’ lives, and largely goes unnoticed as an issue. People get overconfident, or just ignore specific important signals and cues in their daily lives. There are ways of combating this

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Shy or Socially Phobic?

Is there a difference between being shy and socially phobic? Yes. For those who are socially phobic, social settings may be avoided altogether. Therefore, when trying to determine whether or not a person is dealing with general shyness, or they are socially phobic, determining whether social situations are avoided and

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Birthday Blues

While my birthday gets closer this week, I am reminded that I am getting older. This is something that can easily be forgotten throughout much of the rest of the year. I don’t find it particularly intimidating, but many do. Aging is an anxiety causing experience for many people. This

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How to Let Go

Bitterness and vindication are two themes that people often succumb to. This is often no more apparent than when a relationship ends. Individuals who come out of a relationship struggle with rationally working through negative emotions. Because people who are intimidate with each other get to know each other on

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