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National Kissing Awareness Day by Dr. Victoria Raymond, Psy.D., LMFT

Dr. Victoria Raymond, Psy.D., LMFT, a Lotus Counseling psychotherapist, shares her blog on National Kissing Day:

June 22 is National Kissing Day. Kissing is one of the many ways we show love to our partners. It is an intimate act that benefits us as individuals, and helps to foster feelings of love and closeness for couples.

Couples often call our offices looking for help to create more intimacy and passion in their relationship. Their lives are busy – with work, children, obligations – and they want to reconnect with their partner.

It is totally normal for the excitement and passion to ebb and flow in a long term relationship… but there are ways to keep that spark alive. And one of the best ways is to kiss!

Kissing is scientifically proven to increase levels of oxytocin and to release endorphins, our body’s natural ways to calm us down and to make us feel good.

Kissing your partner forges a deeper connection, and solidifies you as a couple.

I recommend that couples pick a time each day, set a timer for 3 minutes, and spend that time kissing. No matter how busy we are, we can all find 3 minutes in our day. Doing this exercise for a week helps couples get back into the habit of being intimate with each other… and then they’ve taken a first step towards a healthy and fulfilling intimate relationship.

 

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a time to think about how we can work together to combat bullying, harassment and cruelty online and off. If someone you love may be being bullied or be a bully, Lotus Counseling Center can help. Please call us for more information at 305-915-5748.

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This Emotional Life: Developing Emotional Intelligence through Awareness

This Emotional Life: Developing Emotional Intelligence through Awareness

“How does that make you feel?” All cliché’s about mental health aside, asking yourself this question from time to time can yield meaningful insights into your emotional world. These insights allow you to better navigate the varied terrain, the dips and peaks, of your life experiences. Learning how to explore and comprehend the nuances of your rich emotional world can be downright therapeutic.

For example, have you ever felt happy and sad at the same time? Do you know what sets you off, makes you feel angry, and causes you to lash out? Can you tell the difference between feeling insecure, anxious, and excited? Being able to identify, label, and understand what you are feeling, when you feel it, and why helps you to harness your emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence begins with the ability to classify your own emotions and those of others. This process involves tracking your emotions, applying them to tasks and problem solving, as well as managing and regulating them.

Therapy can provide you with the tools to develop and build your emotional intelligence. Working with one of Lotus Counseling Center’s compassionate, competent therapists can encourage you to foster awareness of your emotional processes and, in turn, to sense what emotions drive your thoughts and behaviors. Awareness created in therapy can enable you to:

· Enjoy and make the most out of good times characterized positive emotions

· Cope with difficult circumstances and emotions

· Predict and avoid problematic behavioral reactions

· Empathize with and be sensitive to the emotional needs of others

In addition to cultivating awareness, therapy with Lotus Counseling Center can also aid you in confronting pervasive emotional states such as depressed or manic moods. Make an appointment with one of our therapists today to take on an active role in your emotional life by learning how to exercise your emotional intelligence!

HOW THERAPY CAN MAKE YOUR BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS WORK!

Maintaining respectful, relationships with co-workers is key to business success, but work demands compress stress and strain onto these relationships. Use your business savvy by investing in therapy as a tool to mend your working relationships and to ensure the well being of your business. By enlisting the help of our esteemed, competent therapists at Lotus Counseling Center, you can learn skills through therapy that would benefit your business such as:

  • Clarification of business direction and goals
  • Improved stress-coping strategies
  • Effective interpersonal communication
  • Negotiation of financial responsibilities
  • Increased flexibility

A recent article in The NY Times highlights this trend. Follow this link to learn more about how therapy can benefit your working relationships, and then call Lotus Counseling Center to get started on the gold-paved path towards progress and prosperity!

National Kissing Awareness Day by Dr. Victoria Raymond, Psy.D., LMFT

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