What are Your Psychological Milestones in Life?

What are Your Psychological Milestones in Life? A “Milestone” is literally a roadside marker that lists the distance to a location. Figuratively, “Milestones” refer to psychological markers created by significant events in life that leave an emotional imprint. These imprints or memories are brought to the present when recalled [...]

2021-08-18T14:57:04-04:00February 2nd, 2019|

Analyze The Problem – Behavior Chains

Analyze The Problem - Behavior Chains Looking to start over again in 2019? Many people come to Christian Counseling Associates (CCA) looking to make changes, not only in how they feel, but in their overall lifestyle. Many are searching for an understanding of why they struggle with painful emotions or dysfunctional relationships. Analyze [...]

2021-08-18T14:57:41-04:00January 19th, 2019|

Starting Over

Starting Over It’s a new year! Hard to believe another Christmas season has passed, as we quickly return to our regular routines. For many of us, New Year’s resolutions are already on “shaky ground” as we conclude the first full week of 2019. Even still, we want to encourage you [...]

2021-08-18T14:58:03-04:00January 12th, 2019|

Do I Have A Chemical Imbalance?

Some years ago, I saw a new commercial (watch video here), featuring a sad white bubble, narrated with a subtle phrase, “your depression may be due to a chemical imbalance.”  I turned to my 4-year old son and asked, “who’s that (motioning to the friendly looking character)?”  He seemed to already accept the fact [...]

2020-02-28T23:56:10-05:00October 7th, 2017|

Are Emotional Problems Genetic?

Recently, a documentary series, "Through the Wormhole," asked the question, can poverty be due to a person's genetics? The host of the show, Morgan Freeman, explores the cultural belief that biology determines a person’s behavior, therefore, creating people who become wealthy and those who become poor.  Can we blame poverty on genetics? To hear all aspects [...]

2017-09-23T13:56:59-04:00September 23rd, 2017|

Severe Stress and Trauma

Unresolved Trauma: Some events in life cause pain that goes deep and lasts a long time.  These are classified as emotional "traumas." Severe trauma related symptoms can reach the level of disorder, which is referred to as Post Traumatic Stress. Most people are naturally resistant to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, you are more [...]

2017-08-04T21:20:42-04:00August 4th, 2017|

How Do You Cope With Stress?

 Take The Following Quiz:   Take a few minutes to identify the most important problem you have faced during the last year. Then, using the scale below, indicate how often you used each of the following strategies to deal with it.   3 = Fairly Often         2 = Occasionally         1 [...]

2017-07-22T13:56:25-04:00July 22nd, 2017|

Are You Feeling Stressed Out?

Take the following quiz to determine your stress level. Check out your quiz results. Let’s see how you measured up on your stress assessment! Here are the average scores according to age, gender and marital status.  Higher than average scores indicate problematic stress reactions:   AGE   GENDER               [...]

2017-07-08T14:26:20-04:00July 8th, 2017|

What’s Your Parenting Style?

Want to learn more about your parenting style and effective parenting techniques?   Improved parenting can transform a child's life, or be the turning point in many chronic family problems.  This month we will be focusing on the importance of the parent child relationship. Christian Counseling Associates offers Christian Active Parenting to help families.  This famous 6-session [...]

2017-05-13T19:08:24-04:00May 13th, 2017|

Seven Highly Effective Habits of Godly Parents

Seven Highly Effective Habits of Godly Parents The child-parent relationship has a major influence on child development. When effective, parenting skills and behaviors have a positive impact on self-esteem, school achievement, cognitive development and behavior. However, instilling Godly habits gives parenting the best chance at succeeding.  Below is an infographic depicting the seven highly effective [...]

2016-11-01T18:42:40-04:00November 1st, 2016|

Managing Anxiety

It is easy to fall into a habit of worry and anxiety. Today's fast paced, high pressure life is full of stress.  For some, worrying is a habit that has developed slowly over time. For others, anxiety has definable roots in childhood. When does anxiety become a problem? Dysfunctional patterns of worry and anxiety can last quite [...]

2016-08-27T14:44:09-04:00August 27th, 2016|

Assess Your Stress

Want to improve your overall physical health?  Gaining a new perspective on your stress levels can help.  Research has discovered that stress can be a significant factor in our physical health and well-being.  In fact, prolonged exposure to stress can be damaging.  When unaware of the impact, we can naturally develop poor coping habits which [...]

2016-08-18T19:52:00-04:00August 18th, 2016|

Reducing Anxiety – Learning to Let Go

"Alarm clock screaming, Bare feet hit the floor, It's off to the races, Everybody out the door. I'm feeling like I'm falling behind, It's a crazy life." Lyrics from "Breathe" by Jonny Diaz Many who struggle with anxiety are unaware, or tend to minimize how lifestyle contributes to emotional problems. Anxiety and excessive worry can [...]

2016-08-12T19:43:47-04:00August 12th, 2016|

Becoming Stress Resistant

Stress in life is inevitable. We all have to deal with it. In this week's, Mind Matters we begin to explore how a lifestyle that is centered in faith can make the difference in how we experience a stressful situation. You slept through the alarm clock. While racing out the door, your dog gets [...]

2020-02-28T23:53:30-05:00May 6th, 2016|

The Cycle of Addiction

We often ask children the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” With hope we hear things like firefighter, dancer, or super hero.  We dream of growing up and doing something important and full of purpose.  I have never heard a child say, “I want to be an addict someday.” [...]

2021-08-07T13:57:58-04:00May 16th, 2015|

Don’t Panic!

Panic Disorder is reported to affect 2 to 3 percent of adults and adolescents in the United States.  Generally, this pattern can emerge by the age of 14 but most commonly starts to affect those who are between 20 – 24 years of age.  Many people who struggle with recurrent and severe panic attacks will [...]

2015-04-25T11:55:18-04:00April 25th, 2015|

Too Much Stuff?

Too much stuff can lead to hoarding.  A recent article in a popular magazine told a story of a person who decided to engage in "retail therapy." She reported that her new habit was therapeutic in the fact that she experienced sheer joy when shopping.  Eventually, this endeavor resulted in an 8 foot dining room table [...]

2015-04-11T17:38:31-04:00April 11th, 2015|

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