Website Report


We hope you like our new website. It was redone in 2009 with a new design and features. Our blog now can be read or listened to as a podcast. A new software tool called odiogonow takes text to speech so you can read or listen to the blog. Try it out and let us know what you think.

The graph on the right represents the traffic to our website for the past few months. We are glad to see the increase in traffic and time on the site. Google Analytics is the program that let's us track utilization. A 74% increase in viewing our site is great.

Negative Stress Cycle


If you have ever wondered about the cycle of stress, this diagram will help you. When stress hits, some automatic thoughts kick in that are usually negative or even catastrophic. These thoughts affect your mood in a negative way. The negative mood and emotions release very powerful stress hormones which create anxiety or depression or worse. If your life is out of balance or you do not have good, positive coping skills, maladaptive behavior sets in. 

Maladaptive behavior could be anything from anger or rage to drinking or drug use. Ultimately and over time, you will experience negative physical symptoms such as headaches, problems with blood pressure, more frequent colds or flu since your body is run down.

What is the answer? Learn to relax! Other options are well documented as helpful including exercise, good sleep, fun, yoga, massage, walking, prayer, meditation and a good social life. If you are experiencing symptoms of stress, it may be time for a mental check up. About 80% of all visits to a general practice doctor are stress related symptoms and problems. Get ahead of the curve and get your life in balance. Of course, psychotherapy can help.

Marriage or Relationship Counseling


What can be gained from marital/relationship counseling? What if you are not able to foster a culture of praise in you relationship? Counseling can help. Check out some of the possibilities.

Couples can learn how to:

1) Foster respect, affection and closeness.
2) Turn toward your partner in an affirming manner.
3) Build a deeper emotional connection.
4) Learn to repair emotionally after conflict.
5) Gain new insights to enhance intimacy.


Give counseling try before repairs and negative sentiment take over and make it impossible to recover.

Conference Presentation


In March, I will be headed to Washington D.C. to present at the Psychotherapy Networkers Conference with a friend and colleague, Marina London. Below is a brief description of the workshop. It will be an all day program.

Workshop #: 117 - The Joys of Social Networking
Marina London and Michael Klaybor

You know there are a lot of new social-media technologies out there and suspect you really must learn them, but it’s just all too overwhelming. Help is here! If you can power-up a laptop, surf the Internet, and send an e-mail, you can easily learn to use these and other platforms to make new contacts, influence people, and increase your professional visibility. In this workshop, we’ll review--from a therapist’s perspective--the current social media, including Web 2.0, and the most important platforms--Twitter, Skype, Ning, blogging, etc. You’ll get hands-on practice at setting up a blog and leave the workshop having posted your first one! You’ll also learn how to set up an effective and professional Twitter presence. We’ll discuss the ethical, legal, and practice guidelines for these activities as well. Participants who want to learn how to Twitter and blog must bring their own laptops and be able to connect to the Internet.

Marina London, M.S.S.W., is the author of iWebU, a weekly blog about the Internet and new media for technophobic mental health professionals.

Michael Klaybor, Ed.D., a professional counselor for more than 25 years, has developed an online treatment program for women with high-risk pregnancies.

Meditation


So, you have thought for some time about learning how to meditate. Meditation is a mental discipline. There are many forms of meditation. Meditation is a self healing process, any form of stress is a sign of our negative thinking and Dis-ease within our mind. If we don't attend to dis-ease in the mind we may find that chronic stress can lead to disease of the body.

Some different forms of meditation include: Guided Meditation, Buddhist Meditation and Mindfulness, Zen Meditation, Walking Meditation, Transcendental Meditation, Habbalah Meditation, Yoga Meditation and many more. Finding the right system for you is essential. Tai Chi, Martial Arts, Qi Gong, and Yoga all incorporate meditation in their practice. So much depends upon your purpose.

The fundamental principle is one of reflection and deliberation, bringing about a state of rumination. In this state, the idea is to reach a higher self by moving into a deep state of relaxation or awareness.

To get going, find a meditation teacher, take a class, read about it, talk to friends about their experience with meditation and try different forms. The right one will emerge for you.