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The Philly Family Life Counseling Tool Box

3 Reasons to Seek a Mental Health Therapist

Deciding to seek a mental health therapist can be the first step towards a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. There are many reasons why someone may choose to work with a therapist and pursue counseling as a method of healing. Dr. Eugene Devers, a mental health therapist in Philadelphia, and his associates at Philadelphia Family Life Counseling offer a variety of counseling and life coaching services.

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Struggling With Career Issues? Counseling Can Help

Most people remember taking a multiple choice test in high school that promised to reveal their ideal career. Choosing a career and succeeding in a career, however, is not that simple. Dr. Eugene Devers & Associates provide career counseling in Philadelphia for those seeking career guidance.

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How Spiritual Counseling Works

There are many reasons someone may seek a spiritual or Christian counselor as their therapist. If you have deep religious or spiritual convictions, it can be helpful to have a counselor who understands your worldview and integrates it into your therapy sessions. Getting spiritual counseling in Philadelphia will allow you to work with a therapist that acknowledges and respects your faith.

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How Can I Tell If I Need Anger Management Help?

Everybody gets angry, but how can you know if you are coping and responding healthily? What if your anger is hurting those around you? Nearly everyone can benefit from anger management techniques. Philly Family Life Counselling LLC. provides Philadelphia anger management counselling.

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Are We Ready to Get Married? Advice from a Relationship Counselor.

Marriage is one of the most significant commitments two people can make during their lifetime, and sets in motion a lifetime process and journey together. Philly Family Life Counseling provides relationship counseling in Philadelphia that can prepare you for a successful future with your significant other.

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What’s Typical And What’s Obsessive Compulsive?

Everyone has rituals and routines. Perhaps you run everyday before work, watch television while doing the dishes, or double check that you turned the lights off before leaving your home each morning. All of these are typical rituals that people develop.

 

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Is There a Right Way to Grieve?

At one point or another, grief touches every person’s life. It’s a universal experience, but that doesn’t mean that each person will process it in the same way. If you are grieving and looking for a therapist in Philadelphia or wondering if you should begin grief counseling, Philly Family Life Counseling is here for you.

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Rethinking Your Problems: Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Do you ever feel stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts? Can’t seem to stop the endless ruminating, and all the worrying only makes your problems worse? Philly residents who find themselves trapped in patterns of unhelpful thinking can benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy at Philly Family Life Counseling.

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5 Ways Anxiety Treatment Can Help

If you are seeking anxiety treatment, Philadelphia-based counselors at Philly Family Life Counseling can help you begin the journey to a calm mind and spirit. Here are five ways a counselor can support your mental health goals. 

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Seeking Help When Your Parents Suffer from Addiction

We’ve mentioned on our blog before how important addiction counseling can be when you or someone you know has a dependence on a substance, thing, or even person that creates difficulties in living daily life. Such addictions can inhibit career goals, focus, self-awareness, and relationships. When the person struggling is a parent or caregiver, it can be especially difficult on the rest of the family.

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Philadelphia, PA Family Therapy

Working Together: The Benefits of Family Therapy

Author Richard Bach writes: “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.” A rich and beautiful statement, but for some of us, these words may be painful. Perhaps you see more respect and joy in your circle of friends than you do at home with your own family. You may wonder: will my family’s problems ever resolve? Can these wounds ever heal?

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Philadelphia, PA Depression Counseling

Quelling The Pain: Depression-Related Behaviors

If actions speak louder than words, then self-destructive behaviors speak volumes. In our blog “What Are The Symptoms Of Depression?”, we discussed some shared experiences: sadness, anxiety, low energy, and loss of interest, to name a few. But how do these symptoms manifest themselves? What kind of behaviors should we watch out for?

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Philadelphia, PA Infidelity Recovery

Counseling After Infidelity: Navigating the Aftermath of Unfaithfulness

In a committed relationship, there’s little so devastating as one partner’s infidelity. An affair shatters what is most important in relationships: trust. Rebuilding that trust, should couples choose to do so, takes time and work.

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Philadelphia, PA LGBT Counseling

5 Ways Coming Out to a Therapist Can Help

Coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer can be one of the scariest events in a person’s life. Real or perceived rejection from family or friends is incredibly painful, and the person may be struggling with complicated feelings.

When working through issues of sexual orientation or gender identity, a therapist can be a safe, helpful source of support.

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Philadelphia, PA Marriage Therapy

What is Your Love Language?

If you crave more in your relationships, long to feel truly heard by your partner, or yearn to feel closer to your partner, then The 5 Love Languages will introduce you to the common love languages to encourage more satisfying and pleasurable interactions.

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Philadelphia, PA Depression Treatment

What Are The Symptoms of Depression?

Experiencing chronic or unbearable emotions, confusing feelings, or uncontrollable thoughts is uncomfortable and can be unbearable. Considering the wide pallet of emotions, could depression be the source of your uncomfortable emotional reactions?

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Philadelphia, PA Couples Therapy

How Couples Therapy Heals & Enhances Relationships

If you’re thinking about couples therapy, it’s possible you’re feeling many strong emotions. Perhaps your relationship is on the brink of disintegration, and you and your spouse are seeking professional help as a last resort.

On the other hand, perhaps your relationship is healthy and strong, and you’re hoping to enhance your relationship through counseling.

In either case, a therapist can help.

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Philadelphia, PA Life Coaching

New Year, New You! Tips for Making Your Resolution Stick

Setting a New Year’s resolution is common, routine, and expected. So often, we set goals for ourselves like stop smoking, be a better spouse, lose weight, start exercising, be a more patient parent, have a better diet, or communicate better with others.

Unfortunately, soon after we forget about these resolutions. This “new you” you’d envisioned and sought quietly fades away. Disappointment sets in, while anxiety can increase and cause disruption in our mood and daily activities. We break our own heart.

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Philadelphia, PA Addiction Recovery

The Importance of Addiction Counseling

The classical and traditional view of addiction defines it as the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity. Do you believe you have an addiction? Are you ready to stop?

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Philadelphia, PA Career Counseling

Benefits of Career Counseling

Career counseling is a way for you to learn about your interests, appreciate your skillsets, go beyond merely “how to make a living” to embracing what excites and challenges you. Career counseling can provide you with guidance to plan for success, using a combination of strategies, personalized coaching services, and effective counseling techniques. You can gain confidence in making decisions regarding your career.  

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Philadelphia, PA Grief Counseling

Who Gets Grief Counseling?

At some time or another, we all experience grief. Grief is a natural reaction to a loss: death of a loved one, loss of a job, sometimes even a lost election. Yet despite the fact that we all go through it, no one’s experience of grief is the same as anyone else’s. Grieving is a unique process that’s extremely variable in its intensity, persistence and expression depending upon the person going through it.  

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Philadelphia, PA Life Transitions

Life Transitions

Finally graduating from high school, college, or grad school after years of hard work, all-night study sessions, and unforgettable parties, marrying the love of your life, losing the love of your life, moving across country to a strange new city, earning a promotion at work, preparing for retirement, the joy (and sometimes fear) of having a baby or grandchild, the confusion, terror, and hormones while going through puberty, coping with the death of a loved one, as well as increasing awareness of your own mortality... life transitions come in all shapes and sizes. Life transitions are developmental, i.e. age and maturational related, initiating with conception and birth and shadowing us throughout our entire lifespan. Finding family transitional therapy in Northeast Philadelphia doesn't have to be difficult or unpredictable.

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Philadelphia, PA Anxiety Counseling

How Much Anxiety is Too Much?

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. Some anxiety can even be a good thing, empowering us to perform at a high level in situations that demand our best.

But how much anxiety is too much? When have we crossed the line between helpful and harmful?

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Divorce Counseling in Northeast Philadelphia

How a Divorce Counselor Helps

When marriages fail, it can be one of the most stressful and emotionally devastating events a person can experience.

It’s little wonder those going through a divorce sometimes lean on the trained, objective perspective of a divorce counselor. You may be reading this blog seeking Northeast Philadelphia divorce counseling and wondering how it can help you. If so, you’ve come to the right place.

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Philadelphia, PA Depression Treatment

 

3 Reasons Seeking Therapy for Depression is Admirable

 

Everyone feels down once in a while. Those who’ve experienced depression, however, can attest it’s a very different experience from your average case of the blues.  

Depression afflicts as many as three million Americans each year, but just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s not a serious mood disorder. Symptoms vary widely, but may include persistent sad or empty feelings, feelings of hopelessness or pessimism, irritability, fatigue, thoughts of suicide, and others.

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Philadelphia, PA Couples Therapy

 

When Should You Pursue Couples Therapy?

 

Like many, it’s possible you never imagined entering couples therapy. Taking this step can often feel difficult and humbling, but it’s important to remember you’re not alone. Plenty of couples decide therapy is right for them for a variety of reasons.
 
As a long-time provider of Northeast Philadelphia marriage therapy, Dr. Gene Devers has walked with many couples as they seek to repair or improve their relationships. This process isn’t easy, but the benefits are long lasting. While far from all-inclusive, these are a few of the most common reasons couples decide to seek a marriage counselor...

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Philadelphia, PA Therapist

 9-Attitudes of Successful Therapy

And of fulfilling life-changing relationships

·     -  To be consistent: keeping all appointments, being punctual.  Our human nature is such that there might be days in which you will not want to come, but it is often those days that you need to show up the most.  (this is another reason for my 24-hour cancelation notice policy)
·     -  To be “I-centered”: the subject and object of change is yourself; what we change about ourselves may influence how others react to us;  yet the focus of change is limited to ourselves
·      - To be communicative and engaged: You are a treatment partner and need to help shape and direct our therapeutic process in order for you to get unstuck.  I bring a professional expertise; you bring a personal and relational life expertise  
·      - To be open: the goal of therapy is to discover new ways of understanding the problem and discovering better solutions; all of which is cognitive, emotional, physical, and relational.
·      - To be curious: encouraging your imagination to wonder, “What would it be like if…”; a flexible attitude of excitement about the richness of possibilities; being inquisitive about the many possibilities that lay outside of your customary comfort level.
·      - To be candid: an atmosphere of genuineness and trust that is necessary for our therapeutic relationship to be meaningful and helpful.
·      - To be responsive: this is a collaborative relationship as we design an improved process of change for your living.
·     -  To be flexible: creating and incorporating new ideas, patterns, approaches, attitudes, and techniques requires working through a natural initial sense of awkwardness.  
·      - To be expectant and patient: Plan on change continuing from, and beginning with our first session; realizing that it will take some time to get there from here!  Remember how long it took to grow the problem.
         
Telephone or email me to learn how these attitudes could become yours, 
while enriching your relationships
 
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