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Nobody Chooses Change (But We Must)

One of the most important parts of successfully directing your life in the way you want it to go and embracing happiness requires the painful process of change. Change doesn’t always feel good in the moment, which is why choosing it is a process that requires hard work. Getting some advice is a great way to start, but don’t forget Allen area therapists that can further augment your path toward positive change. Here are a few principles to work into your daily thought patterns that can help you progress toward positive change. Redefining Optimism Optimism isn’t a static principle or emotion, and changes with different situations. However, what optimism consistently provides is the will to continue to survive. Thrive Global talks about the idea of

“Facebook Official” Love: A Healthy Approach to Sharing Relationship News on Social Media

Whether you’re a social media maven or barely log onto Facebook, social media is a reality of everyday life in the 21st century. As a platform, it tends to be innately voyeuristic, which can be both a good and bad thing when you’re dealing with relationships. While you want to share these parts of your life with your followers, there’s also such a thing as over sharing which can have damaging consequences. Sticking to healthy ways of sharing relationship news on social media is absolutely key to survive in a world that’s already over saturated with information. Here are a few tips about how and what to share on social media to maintain a healthy relationship. Beware the Over Share Much like having a TMI

The ONLY Way to Communicate with a Spouse or Loved One Who Does Not Share Your Political Views

Photo by Jared Sluyter on Unsplash Managing conflict is a huge part of being in a relationship. Given the current political climate, that skill has become so much more important now more than ever. The past election has proved so divisive that it’s making friends and family choose sides and unfriend each other on Facebook and in real life. If yours and your spouse’s or loved one’s political views are on opposite sides of the fence, here’s how you can communicate and talk to each other without doing damage to your partnership or marriage. Communication is key Sometimes, just saying what you feel can be enough to open the floor for a meaningful discussion, says the Huffington Post. If you have never tried

What if Your Better Half Doesn’t Want to Join You for Couples Therapy?

Disagreements are normal in every relationship. You’re never going to agree on everything, and that’s all right. That kind of dynamics can add to the unique nature of your relationship. That said, there are going to be days when you both will feel out of step with each other. There will be passages of boredom and times when you’ll stomp your feet in frustration or throw yourself out the window. However, if you think the fights are getting worse, if it’s turning into disengagement and alienation, one that’s getting out of hand fast, thinking about ways to reconnect can help. A couple’s therapy might just be the perfect solution. One major hurdle that could stand in the way, though, is this: your spouse or partner

Dwelling on Emotions vs Honoring Your Feelings?

Photo by Natalia Figueredo on Unsplash While the desire to let go of negative emotions might be strong, understanding the difference between suppression and true closure can be difficult. A lot of it is found in the approach to feelings you need to work through. Suppression is a gut reaction for many people. The logic is that if you deny the feeling’s validity and push it away, eventually it will disappear. The exact opposite is true, however, and the feeling will inevitably rear its ugly head again. Here are a few ways to help you get past the dwelling phase, and move on to learning to honor feelings that you’re ready to let go of. With a few tactics and a visit to

How Much News Should Your Children Watch?

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash The world can be a very scary place, and today’s non-stop news being transmitted in every medium imaginable, whether on social media or TV, it can be a challenge deciding how, or if, to let your child see it. As a parent, you need to be the filter through which information is delivered. This requires a solid approach of how to discuss upsetting real world events with your children while also providing reassurance. Finding Allen family counselors who specialize in children’s therapy such as the ones at I Choose Change can also be extremely helpful. Planning for Self Awareness By the time children hit 7 or 8 years old, Kids Health says that what they might see

Don’t Be a Zax: How to Deal with Stubbornness in Kids

Stubbornness is a common complaint from parents, especially those with children either in middle or high school. For these parents, it may seem like the defiance they face from their children is designed simply to push their buttons. This can lead to a shut-down in communication – which only worsens the issue.   How can parents with stubborn children deal with their oppositional behavior? What are some ways to keep that opposition from becoming a problem in school? How does dealing with that youthful stubbornness affect their development as an adult? You might be able to get a few pointers from a classic short story by renowned author Dr. Seuss. The Story of The Zax The fictitious tale of “The Zax” focuses on two unrepentantly

5 Tips to Prepare Your Overanxious Kid for the New School Year

For most families, the slide from summer to autumn is a time of excitement and perhaps a bit of sadness at the coming end of the carefree vacation days. For a growing number of children, though, the days leading up to school are racked with dread. Why such fear, when most of their peers are excitedly browsing backpacks and lunch boxes in the crowded stores? The simple answer is anxiety. Anxiety in Children Anxiety was once considered to be a purely adult affliction. What could possibly cause children to have anxiety? Today, the answer might surprise you. Some common fears children express about attending school include: Being the target of bullying or harsh judgement by peers Separation from their parents and/or families Separation from the

Using Online Counseling in College

"Struggling to meet the rising demand for mental health services on campuses, colleges turn to online platforms and text messaging services. Experts are divided on the effectiveness of these approaches." At I Choose Change, we are able to help families both online and face-to-face. We utilize doxy.me, a HIPAA compliant, safe platform to meet with clients from all over the United States. Is online counseling right for you? If you've tried it before, leave your comments in the comment section below!   Source: Colleges turn to online, text messaging services to help with counseling demand

Why I Love Couple’s Therapy

My mom died exactly three weeks ago today. It's hard for me to move forward with even the most mundane of tasks. I'm knee-deep in grief and can't really put myself in a position to help others through their loss just yet. But, what I love most is couple's therapy and it gives me joy to be back in my office giving of my time. It is a practice that, for me, helps spouses have the tools they need to support their partners through life's biggest and most traumatic happenings. Like, when your mother dies. To honor mom, please let me tell you about her. She was young, only 67 years old. She was an absolute HOOT! Everywhere she went, she made people laugh; it was part of

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