May 15, 2019

Depression

Posted in cognitive behavioral therapy, Compassion, Mindfulness, Well-being tagged , , , , , , at 1:53 pm by kellyfdennis

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Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely,and scared. These feelings are normal reactions to life’s stressors. Most people feel low and sad at times. After a good cry or talking with a friend, we usually feel better.

However, in the case of individuals who are diagnosed with depression, the manifestations of the low mood are much more severe and they tend to persist. Crying does not help and talking with a friend is hard because one tends to feel alienated, because others can’t seem to understand why they can’t just “snap out of it.”

Major Depressive Disorder is a debilitating illness. Those suffering describe feelings of hopelessness, emptiness, despair, isolation and lonliness. One of the most difficult parts of treating depression is the negative cycle in which sufferers engage. Feelings of low self worth, negativity, and hopelessness beget more of the same thoughts and the cycle sends the person into despair.

Fortunately, when the individual learns to distance themselves from the cycle of negative thinking, he/she can begin to see a glimpse of light and hope. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Meditation are awesome tools to help begin the process of distancing.

Check out my YouTube video for a Cognitive therapy-based mindfulness mediation designed to help you begin to learn the process of not engaging with every negative thought.

Be well and have a wonderful day!

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May 6, 2019

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop

Posted in Compassion, Mindfulness, Well-being tagged , , , , at 1:42 pm by kellyfdennis

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Saturday, June 22, 9:00 am-11:00 am

Counseling office: 304 N. George St., Millersville, PA 17551

This 2-hour workshop explores the concepts of mindfulness and mindfulness strategies in a purposeful way in order to facilitate the integration of mindfulness into your daily life.

“The range of what we think and do
Is limited by what we fail to notice
And because we fail to notice
There is little we can do
To change
Until we notice
How failing to notice
Shapes our thoughts and deeds.”
– R.D. Laing –

As we learn to create purposeful present moment awareness, we begin to see the changing of things in our lives that cause us stress. We learn to relate to our difficulties in life with more openness, compassion, and acceptance.

Mindfulness concepts and Meditation practices covered will include:  Mindfulness and the scientific research; Mindfulness of the breath and body; Obstacles to mindfulness; Sensory mindfulness; Mindful self-compassion

Each session will be a combination of practice, lecture, and group discussion. Each session is taught in a supportive environment with no more than 8 people. Cost: $75

Kelly F. Dennis MS LPC is the facilitator. Please contact Kelly to sign up or for further information: (717) 951-0266 or kelly@kellyfdennis.com

April 10, 2019

Self-Compassion for Moms & Caregivers

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:36 pm by kellyfdennis

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Taking care of others can be one of the most rewarding and yet simultaneously stressful undertakings any of us will ever experience.

A caregiver’s responsibilities can seem overwhelming at times. It is vital that caregivers don’t neglect their own needs when taking care of others.

This 2-hour Workshop will teach you how to nurture yourself during the care-giving process so that your own capacity to care not only survives but thrives.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9-11am. Counseling office: 304 N. George St., Millersville, PA

You will learn skills based in mindfulness meditation and self-compassion that help you:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Ease depression
  • Improve overall health
  • Practice self-care more effectively
  • Support and strengthen your care for a loved one

Each session will be a combination of practice, lecture, and group discussion. Each session is taught in a supportive environment with no more than 8 people.

Kelly F. Dennis MS LPC is the Facilitator.

Contact Kelly@kellyfdennis.com to reserve your space.  Cost: $75.00

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March 17, 2019

Using Self-Compassion to Increase Resilience

Posted in Compassion, Mindfulness, Self Image, Well-being tagged , , , at 3:39 pm by kellyfdennis

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Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 9-11am. Counseling office: 304 N. George St., Millersville, PA

Resilience is the ability to recover readily from adversity. This 2-hour workshop will help you create more adaptive coping strategies, create the shifts that can change your behaviors, and help you learn how to rewire your brain thereby increasing your resilience.

In this workshop you will learn self-compassion strategies to help you:  Manage stress more effectively; heal toxic shame and rewire the inner critic; strengthen and foster resilience; deal with feelings of anxiety, depression, loneliness, and guilt; come to more clarity with decision making; prime your brain for learning and growth

Each session will be a combination of practice, lecture, and group discussion. Each session is taught in a supportive environment with no more than 8 people.

Kelly F. Dennis MS LPC is the Facilitator.

Contact Kelly@kellyfdennis.com to reserve your space.  Cost: $75.00

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February 6, 2019

Eating Disorders…Much More Than Food

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:50 pm by kellyfdennis

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Eating Disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder are serious disorders that can strike across all barriers, making sufferers miserable and robbing them of joy and satisfaction. Join Kelly F. Dennis MS LPC and Mountville Mennonite Church for a seminar discussing the various types of Eating Disorders and their treatment. Kelly is a Licensed Professional Counselor with an office in Millersville. She has experience in helping individuals and families work through mental health issues including, eating disorders, anxiety, & depression.

Kelly uses an approach that combines genetic, cognitive, social, spiritual, and cultural factors in assessing behavior. Participants will learn about various forms of Eating Disorders, their treatment and the role that community plays in recovery. During our time together, we’ll learn how to moderate the effects of Eating Disorders through psychoeducation, mindfulness meditation, cognitive therapy, and breathing techniques.

Equip yourself to cope with an Eating Disorder, either in yourself or in someone you care about by attending this informative 2-hour seminar on Saturday, March 30, 2019, beginning at 9am. Contact Mountville Mennonite Church for more info: 717-285-3610.

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January 29, 2019

Relating to Our Bodies with Self-Compassion

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:30 pm by kellyfdennis

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Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 9-11am @ the counseling office: 304 N. George St., Millersville, PA

This 2-hour workshop will help you address body image dissatisfaction by helping change the way you think about your body. Shifting focus from evaluation and critique to care, appreciation, and compassion.

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Put media images into perspective
  • Stay in tune with physical states such as hunger and fullness, pleasure and pain
  • Appreciate your body more fully
  • Support yourself during those times when you feel shame due to suffering, perceived failure, or feelings of inadequacy
  • Relate to your body with compassion
  • Distance from self-comparison/competition with others

Each session will be a combination of practice, lecture, and group discussion. Each session is taught in a supportive environment with no more than 8 people.

Kelly F. Dennis MS LPC is the Facilitator. Contact Kelly@kellyfdennis.com to reserve your space.  Cost: $75.00

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January 17, 2019

Living Skillfully With Self- Compassion

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:15 pm by kellyfdennis

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This 2-hour workshop will help you learn and use the skills of self-compassion, while exploring your core values, so you can respond to difficult times in your life with kindness and care.

Sat., Feb. 9, 2019 from 9-11am-Counseling office: 304 N. George St., Millersville, PA

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Practice compassion and kindness toward yourself and others in your daily life
  • Explore your core values and bring them into your daily life
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Support yourself during those times when you feel shame due to suffering, perceived failure, or feelings of inadequacy
  • Relate to your body with compassion

Each session will be a combination of practice, lecture, and group discussion. Each session is taught in a supportive environment with no more than 8 people.

Kelly F. Dennis MS LPC is the Facilitator. Contact Kelly@kellyfdennis.com to reserve your space.  Cost: $75.00

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December 31, 2018

The Psychology of Awe: Why You Should Seek More Mind-Bending Experiences

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:53 am by kellyfdennis

The experience of awe doesn’t just change how we feel, it can also change how we behave.
— Read on www.theemotionmachine.com/the-psychology-of-awe-why-you-should-seek-more-mind-bending-experiences/

December 19, 2018

Do You Struggle with Making Decisions?

Posted in cognitive behavioral therapy, Well-being tagged , , , at 10:06 am by kellyfdennis

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Try This:

STEP 1: Identify the decision to be made. You realize that a decision must be made. Your awareness may be triggered by a variety of things: the need to declare a major, pressure from friends and family to make a vocational choice, or a general sense of dissatisfaction or unease. You then go through an internal process of trying to define clearly the nature of the decision you must make.

STEP 2: Gather relevant information. Most decisions require collecting pertinent information. The real trick in this step is to know what information is needed, the best sources of information, and how to get it. Some information must be sought from within yourself through a process of self-analysis; other information must be sought from outside yourself-books, people, and other sources.

STEP 3: Identify alternatives. Through the process of collecting information you will probably identify two or more possible paths of action. You may also use your imagination and information to construct new alternatives.

STEP 4: Weigh evidence. Draw on your information and emotions to imagine what it would be like if you carried out each of the alternatives to the end. You must evaluate whether the problem or need identified in Step 1 would be helped or solved through the use of each alternative. Eventually you are able to place the available alternatives in priority order, based upon your own value system.

STEP 5: Choose among alternatives. Once you have weighed all the evidence, you are ready to select the alternative that seems to be best suited to you. You may even choose a combination of alternatives.

STEP 6: Take action. You now take some positive action that begins to implement the alternative you choose in Step 5.

STEP 7: Review decision and consequences. In this step you experience the results of your decision and evaluate whether or not it has “solved” or helped to solve the problem in Step 1. If yes, you may stay with the decision. If no, you may repeat certain steps of the process in order to make a new decision.

November 28, 2018

Managing Stress With Self Compassion

Posted in Compassion, Mindfulness, Self Image, Well-being tagged , , , , , at 9:55 am by kellyfdennis

cornandcloudssideSaturday, January 19, 2018 9-11am

Counseling office: 304 N. George St., Millersville, PA

In mindfulness meditation, individuals strive to cultivate a greater awareness of the present moment. By increasing their mindfulness, participants in this stress management workshop aim to reduce their overall arousal and emotional reactivity and to gain a deeper sense of calm.

This workshop also adds the component of self compassion in the management of stress. Self compassion is being aware in the present moment when we are experiencing moments of fear, confusion, inadequacy and other similar stressors, and responding to those feelings with kindness and understanding.  This practice helps in letting self-instilled stressors go, and brings you kindly to focus on the present moments. Highly recommended for those that tend to lose self-focus to past and future possible stressors.

In this workshop you will learn/experience:

-How to make stress your ally

-What is lovingkindness and participate in a lovingkindness meditation

-Breathing Space Meditation

-Gratitude, the antidote for stress

-How to cultivate self appreciation

Each session will be a combination of practice, lecture, and group discussion. Each session is taught in a supportive environment with no more than 15 people. The sessions are open to all ages, backgrounds, and religions.

Kelly F. Dennis MS LPC is the Facilitator. Contact Kelly@kellyfdennis.com to reserve your space

Cost: $75.00

 

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