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A Therapists Response to Netflix “13 Reasons Why”

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Michael Reed MA, LMHC



As a therapist who has been working with adolescents and teenagers for the better part of the last ten years, a significant portion of my work has focused on issues which teens struggle with such as suicidal thoughts, cutting, anxiety and depression. So when the new Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” was released, depicting the […]

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Mind Wellness

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Shana Perrucci, PhD



Familly Counseling Associates of Andover Read Dr. Perrucci’s latest article “Mind Wellness” on Newburyport Daytripper Blog

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Negative Versus Positive Thinking

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Alton Eckel, LMHC Family Counseling Associates of Andover



Have you ever wondered why when something goes wrong you play it over and over again in your head while an accomplishment is forgotten in one night? Or why a great date can be overshadowed by one slightly embarrassing moment? It turns out that humans are neurologically wired to focus on negative thoughts. When we […]

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The Thoughts and Feelings Behind Anger

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Shana Perrucci, Ph.D. Family Counseling Associates of Andover



We’ve all had those days when our fuse is a little too short whether it’s with our kids, our partner, or the cashier who’s scanning just a little too slowly at Market Basket. As a clinical psychologist, one of my specialties is anger management. I have helped many people deal with this issue at Family Counseling Associates. Anger […]

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Mindfulness and Mental Health

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Tara Dunham MA, LMHC Family Counseling Associates of Andover



Most of you have heard of it: Mindfulness. What the heck is being mindful? The term is everywhere nowadays. I first heard of mindfulness in one of my classes at Lesley University over 10 years ago. We watched a video showing Jon Kabat Zinn helping a group of people in severe pain. These people had gone to multiple pain […]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

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JIll FitzGerald MSW, LICSW- Family Counseling Associates of Andover



The official dictionary definition of winter is: the coldest season of the year, characterized by misery and barrenness. Well, that’s comforting. And for those of us that live in New England, we know that this is only the beginning. Many of us are keenly aware of what the next few months will likely bring (insert here mental […]

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4 Simple Ways to Reconnect with Your Partner

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Jill FitzGerald, LICSW-Family Counseling Associates of Andover



Starting in our formative years, most of us are taught that achieving the things we dream for in life will take hard work. Whether it is attending college, getting that dream job, or buying our first house, we have been told that these milestones cannot be realized without determination and perseverance. What often gets overlooked is […]

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Holiday Stress: 3 Ways to Cope this Holiday Season

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Jill FitzGerald MSW, LICSW



Is holiday music already permeating your favorite radio station? Have you begun to notice the mass exodus to your local mall on Saturday mornings? Maybe you are wondering why Home Depot and Lowes now resemble Santa’s Village? As the holiday season quickly approaches, so can holiday stress. And stress can cause just about anyone to feel off […]

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Benefits of Empowerment Therapy Groups for Girls

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Jill FitzGerald MSW, LICSW



I often wonder what my daughter will be passionate about, what her goals will be, and how she will feel about herself as she continues to grow as a young girl into a woman. As a mom, I do my best to provide an emotionally supportive and encouraging environment. That being said, there are and […]

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Can Yoga Decrease Depression and Anxiety?

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Jill FitzGerald MSW, LICSW- Family Counseling Associates of Andover



Let’s face it, finding the time and energy to do something solely for ourselves is a rarity. Wearing the multiple hats of mom, wife, psychotherapist, and amateur house renovator, I too understand the seemingly impossible task associated with securing an hour of time to “relax.” Trying to find this time can be the opposite of […]

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