The Spirit of Passover and the Healing of Trauma

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Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, NCC “Why Is It Different?” Each year in early spring, many people of the Jewish and Christian traditions join together to commemorate the Israelites’ escape from the Babylonian Captivity and the miracles of their long and perilous journey to the Promised Land. Passover, or Pesach, is the yearly remembering […]

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Addicted to Love (and Other Things): Chemical Reactions in the Brain

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Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, BCC Rock A lot of you are probably too young to remember Robert Palmer’s 1986 mega-hit about the effects that passionate love has on human beings. Entitled Addicted to Love, it contains this description of the person who is passionately in love: Your lights are on, but you’re not […]

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Childhood Drama: Don't Let It Become the Role of a Lifetime

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Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, BCC Case History: A Childhood Drama Gia was raised by unhappy parents. They were unhappy as individuals and unhappy as husband and wife. Her father, a functioning alcoholic with a corporate job, had low self-esteem. He frequently humiliated his wife and children in order to bolster his sagging ego. […]

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What Color is 'Never'? What Rhymes with 'Empty'? What Lies Behind Art?

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Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, BCC Myths of Creativity: Art History, English Lit, Introduction to Classical Dance, and Music Appreciation In many academic courses – especially those taught in this country and in this century – the professors would have us believe that painters paint in order to entertain and instruct us, to document […]

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Step Back from Crisis : The Cognitive and Emotional Benefits of Physical Exercise

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Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, BCCO Extreme Mental and Emotional Symptoms Depression, mood instability, compulsions, constant anxiety, and other mental and emotional symptoms are horribly uncomfortable. Swirling, spiraling, interconnected, intrusive, obsessive thoughts of sadness, anger, fear, and even impending death and disaster can make life seem hopeless and not worth living. The Body Reacts […]

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