From Illness to Wellness

Most people who know me, know that I am an avid reader of spiritual, psychological and health & wellness books.  A book I frequently use in my work is “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.  The title isn’t so appealing to most lay people, but the content is a treasure for all humans who endeavor to live life with fullness and passion.  Don’t get me wrong, it is not about sex, …

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress at Work

Even if you are working at your dream job, stress can sap your effectiveness and your enthusiasm.  Much of what people do to reduce stress can cause more harm than good (like smoking or complaining to others.) Here are ten easy ways to reduce the stress reaction brought on by our everyday grind.  They are simple and most of them take less time than changing the ink cartridge in the printer! You can start with …

Is Restricting Food Really OK?

“We don’t keep bread in the house.”     “One serving is enough – kids don’t need seconds.”      “We just have protein and veggies at dinner.”      “Why is my child sneaking food and snacking all the time?!” Hmmm – at first glance, these may seem like separate, unrelated statements.  There is, however, a common thread and a chain reaction that is in play throughout the scenarios…and it all starts with restriction.  Carb …

Say NO to “Fat Talk”!

More often than not, when we see someone who we have not seen in a while, it is not uncommon to make a comment about his or her shape or size. This is clearly not shocking when one considers the world we live in. However, even if body-focused comments are intended as compliments, I challenge each and every one of you to be mindful of body talk. For those struggling with an eating disorder or …

Emotional Eating

Emotional Eating. This term has become a bit of a buzz word in recent years, typically having negative connotations and leading to the assumption that we should completely learn to separate emotions from our entire eating process.  This couldn’t be further from the truth, however.   In fact, our feeding relationship is best healed and balanced when we allow ourselves to (1) feel our emotions without judgment, and (2) eat with joy and awareness. When …

Mindful Parenting

Stephanie Burstein, Care Specialist You ask your child to clean their room, or finish a chore and before you know it, the situation quickly escalates. Your child is now screaming and talking back. So what is your reaction?  How we react and problem solve when faced with a conflict is how our children learn to problem solve and react in a similar situations. Next time you see yourself in a struggle with your children take …

Your Anchor In the Storm

Patty Shutt, Psy.D. Tackling issues and problems in our life can require us to move toward the “storms” of conflict, emotions, and uncertainty. Here at the Oasis we want our clients to be prepared for these storms by developing the tools needed to weather the rough seas. In individual sessions and groups like DBT, we encourage the practice of mindfulness. One important tool in the practice of mindfulness is the “anchor”. The anchor is used …