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Tim Smyth, PsyD, MFT
Counseling and Psychotherapy in Santa Clarita
Counseling and Psychotherapy in Santa Clarita
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This is a repost from my other page:
Ive been getting more and more referrals for folks with anxiety and panic disorder. Ive found that the use of biofeedback, imagery, and training in thought-shifting, grounding, and mindfulness has been of phenomenal benefit. Im seeing clients shift from several 911 calls/week to 0/week within 3 weeks. It works so well, it seems like voodoo!!
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Hi All: New Horizons will be holding a Walkathon on June 7 at the Hansen Dam Recreation Center. Check it out, donate if you can, or just hang out with some great folks. They do great work with developmentally disabled adults and they can always use some extra help by volunteers or benefactors.  
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Beautiful, but very windy day. Dont forget to stay hydrated; this wind is dry. Some people find themselves edgy, cranky, or fidgety on these days. Ive heard that it may be partly due to lots of ions in the air and the dryness.
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We are constantly bombarded with disaster! The two biggest topics of late are the disappearance of flight 370 and the ferry disaster in Korea. What I saw on CNN, for example, was hours of descriptions and footage depicting terribly distressed and grieving people, hundreds of them. I imagine that the networks were pandering to our collective Schadenfreud, never mind that being exposed to the distress and grief of others can create a form of vicarious trauma. How many viewers have been or are going to be traumatized by these programs? We can be our own best friends when we self monitor our exposure to distressing things. How can this be done? Take an account of your viewing and reading materials; if you find that you are viewing or reading about terrible things on a daily basis, perhaps you should commit to limiting this and/or introducing some more balanced content. Take your emotional temperature, seek quiet moments with yourself to review how you feel. With some mindfulness exercises you can learn how to determine when you are off balance emotionally, which could be a sign of many things, including the presence of vicarious trauma. 
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