Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I feel stuck, now what...

What to do when you're feeling stuck.By Ciara Hill, LCPC  

We all can feel stuck from time to time and for various reasons. But it is important to note that just because you are feeling stuck right now doesn't mean that this is how it has to continue to be. Here are (5) things to keep in mind when feeling "stuck", seems like the only option.

  • ONLY FOCUS ON THE THINGS THAT YOU CAN CONTROL. You may find that you have a tendency to take on all of the world’s problems, and not even realize it until you feel stressed, overwhelmed, and even depressed.  You have to get into a place where you only allow yourself to focus on what you have the power to control, for that particular day and nothing else. If you think about the things that you currently are struggling with I bet you will realize that half of those things are beyond your control? Therefore, if you change your thought process to the things that you have the power to control you will find your stress and feelings of being overwhelmed lightened.
  • YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN HAPPINESS. This can sometimes be a hard pill to swallow. Sometimes we have the tendency to allow external things to get in the way of our own happiness. We have to take accountability for ourselves, and understand that happiness is a choice, and if we are choosing to be happy then we will be. It is also important to accept the fact that you are your own expert, and that you must advocate for yourself, because you deserve to be happy.
  • POSITION YOURSELF TO BE IN A PLACE WHERE YOU ARE OPEN TO RECEIVE LIFE'S MESSAGES. Sometimes we get so caught up in the state of feeling "stuck" that we close ourselves off to all the blessings that could be happening around us. Once you allow yourself to be open to receive life's messages, then suddenly you will find yourself positioned in a place where you will see that there are often times subtle cues, opportunities, or even people around you, that can help get you to the next level. You will also find that there will become an endless gateway of positive possibilities and tools that you can use in your life.
  • LEARN TO RECOGNIZE THE REAL PATTERNS OR SOURCES OF WHAT IS ACTUALLY MAKING YOU FEEL STUCK VERSES YOUR OWN INTERNAL SELF DEFEATING DISTORTIONS. When we feel stuck we have a tendency to sensationalize all that we "thought" once was or could have been. But the reality is that when we are feeling stuck, the things in our past were never as great as we now are making them become; and we sometimes use this as a coping mechanism that can lead to self-defeating behavior. Instead we must ask ourselves is my way of thinking right now this way because I am actually stuck with no way out, or am I hiding behind these self-defeating distortions because I have been in this negative place for so long? By asking yourself this question, this will also help you separate your distorted thoughts from current reality based thoughts.
  • GIVE YOURSELF A PASS TO EXPLORE NEW AND EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES. Sometimes the only way you can stop feeling stuck is by giving yourself the opportunity to do something that is new and just for you, without feeling guilty for doing these things. We all need this; yes it can be scary and sometimes intimidating, after all, the beginning is always the hardest. But once you allow yourself to put all those worries behind, you will be amazed of all the new things that you could learn, feel good about, and now use in your everyday life.   

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

{Training Institute} Substance Abuse: Relapse is part of recovery

TRAINING! Addiction: Relapse is part of recovery on April 13, 2015 in Millersville, MDAddiction: Relapse is part of recovery
    Presenter: Marilyn Price, LCSW-C, LICSW
    Date: April 13, 2015
    Time9-4
    Fee:  $100.00 (for those registered on or before April 6th)
      $110 (registration received after April 6th)
    Location: Baltimore Washington Counseling Center Training Institute
    8258 Veteran’s Highway, Suite 13, Millersville, Md. 21108
    Registration:  www.bwcc-counseling.com and follow the link to trainings.  Fill out registration form
    Office: 410-768-6088
    Fax: 410-768-6444

    *Baltimore Washington Counseling Center is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program.  This training qualifies for Category 1 continuing education units.
    *Practitioners’ will receive 6 CEU credits for this specific training.





    {Training Institute} Ethics and HIV CEU Course

    {Training Institute} Ethics and HIV CEU Course: April 24, 2015 in Millersville, MDEthics and HIV 

    *Benefit from gaining CEU credits towards licensure requirements of both Ethics and HIV in one day!  Practitioners have the option of attending both courses or choosing the one of interest.  CEU Certificates will be given separately for both courses.

    Location: Baltimore Washington Counseling Center Training Institute, 8258 Veteran’s Highway, Suite 13, Millersville, Md. 21108.  Office: 410-768-6088 Fax: 410-768-6444

    Date: April 24, 2015
    Presenter: Melina Afzal, LICSW      
    Registration:  www.bwcc-counseling.com.  Follow the instructions under the training tab for completing the registration form and payment options


    Ethics Course: 3 CEU Credits
    *Practitioners will obtain a working knowledge of ethical dilemmas, gain an understanding of the impact on different populations and gain access to appropriate prevention and treatment options.
    Fee$50.00- Registered on or before April 10th
              $55.00- Registered after April 10th
    Time9am-12pm 

    HIV Course: 3 CEU Credits
    *Practitioners will gain an understanding of HIV and it’s psychosocial implications for patients.
    Fee:   $50.00- Registered on or before April 10th
                $55.00- Registered after April 10th
    Time: 1pm-4pm

    Ethics and HIV Course: 6 CEU Credits 
    Fee: $80.00- Registered on or before April 10th 
                                              $90.00- Registration received after April 10th


    *Baltimore Washington Counseling Center is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program.  This training qualifies for Category 1 continuing education units.

    Friday, January 30, 2015

    {Training Institute} Art Therapy: Effective Treatment Options for Outpatient Setting

    {Training Institute} Art Therapy: Effective Treatment Options for Outpatient Setting, February 27, 2015 in Millersville, MDArt Therapy: Effective Treatment Options for Outpatient Setting
    • Gain a understanding of the use of art therapy in outpatient treatment and how the creative process increases insight and self-awareness
    • Understand the Expressive Therapies Continuum and explore how different art materials can yield different responses in clients.  
    • Understand how Art Therapy is a useful modality in the treatment of eating disorders and trauma related disorders
    Presenter: Elizabeth Hlavek, LCPAT, ATR-BC
    Date: February 27, 2015
    Time9-12
    Fee$50.00 

    Location: Baltimore Washington Counseling Center Training Institute
    8258 Veteran’s Highway, Suite 13, Millersville, Md. 21108
    Office: 410-768-6088
    Fax: 410-768-6444

    *Baltimore Washington Counseling Center is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program.  This training qualifies for Category 1 continuing education units.
    *Practitioners’ will receive 3 CEU credits for this specific training.





    Friday, January 9, 2015

    {Training Institute} Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Training on January 23, 2015

    Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) CEU Training January 23, 2015Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) CEU Training
    Presenter: Kristen Zacheis, LCSW-C
    Date: January 23rd, Time:  9-4 (12-1 break for lunch)
    Fee:  $90 if registered on or before January 19, $95 for those registered after.
    • Introduce TF-CBT and it’s appropriate use
    • Present a detailed look at each component
    • Collaborate with fellow therapists/participants to apply known techniques and approaches to this model
    • Introduce and practice using  clinically appropriate assessment tools
    • Gain an understanding of how to use TF-CBT amongst various populations

    Thursday, November 6, 2014

    Starting Soon: Anger Management Groups

    Are you getting upset more than usually?

    Do things bother you more then they bother other people?
    Do your friends or family ask “why are you so angry?”
    Are you getting upset more than usually?
    Do things bother you more then they bother other people?
    Do your friends or family ask “why are you so angry?”

    If you answered YES to one of those questions, you may use some help.

    Give us a call TODAY and ask about our ANGER MANAGEMENT GROUPS for teenagers and kids. Groups will be held on Saturday and Monday evenings.

    For more information and to register contact:
    Lisa Kane at 410-768-6088 ext.118 or
    Aleksandra Sinclair at 410-768-6088 ext. 132, email: aleksandrasinclair@bwcc-counseling.com