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What Pushes Your Buttons? Understanding Triggers

Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, NCC

Triggers are stimuli that cause a response. In a psychological sense, triggers are people, events, or conditions that cause an undesirable psychological effect or reaction. The term trigger may have come into wider use with the advent of addiction treatment. Alcoholics and addicts must learn their triggers, the things that “trigger” them to drink or use, if they are to be safe.

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The Fourth Step of AA: A Key to Personal Transformation

Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, NCC

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves

Sometimes it is very difficult to decide what to think or what to do. Life is filled with quandaries. Should I look for another job? Would I be happier if I moved closer to my family? Should I continue in this marriage, or is it time to think of ending it? What is the truth of my current relationship? Why don’t I get along with my brother? Why does my life seem unfulfilling?

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Dangerous Drugs: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Written by: Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, NCC

Illegal drug use is so common in our society that many of us take it for granted. My teenage Clients rattle off the list of illegal substances that they have tried or that they were invited to try. They mention classmates who became dealers. A Northwest Atlanta homemaker told me that she does “polite drugs”. A health professional of my acquaintance, a competitive athlete who would never inhale smoke of any kind, bakes marijuana in brownies. I have known ballerinas who used cocaine for high energy and low weight. Drugs are bought and sold in wealthy neighborhoods and in grammar schools. Are these things important? They are to me. I am a therapist, and I frequently work with Clients who used and cannot stop. This could be my longest blog ever if I allowed myself to give full expression to my concerns; but I am going to keep this short for now and only talk about two possible consequences of illegal drug use.

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Ray of Hope Counseling Services IconRay of Hope Counseling Services

4255 Wade Green Road Northwest #414, Kennesaw

3.4 43 reviews

  • AvatarDanielle P★★★★★a week ago
    Jamie Jenkins is great! I feel like she is the perfect therapist for me. Validating and open-minded. She knows I like my conversations to be more casual and she is accommodating in that way because formality makes me shut down.
  • AvatarNelli Vergilis★★★★★a week ago
    I loved my tele session. It was easy to connect and talking to my therapist felt even more productive, as I was not stressed by traffic. Ms.James made me feel supported and heard. And I learned how to handle my hurdles better at the … More very first session. I recommend this practice. You can live anywhere and have a wonderful therapist at your fingertips. THANK YOU.
  • AvatarWaeni Watuma★★★★★a week ago
    I have been going to Ray of Hope for a year now and it has changed my life honestly - everyone there is so nice and I love my therapist she is amazing ! Misty is honestly heaven sent.
  • AvatarPhoenix Bray★★★★★a week ago
    Love Ray of Hope Counseling. Meghan Michalewicz has helped me through some tough stuff and I am so appreciative of the advice.
  • AvatarErica★★★★★2 weeks ago
    Ray of Hope has been really great for myself and my kids to have an outlet you talk about life and the challenges we face. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for someone to talk too. It is well worth it.
  • AvatarMichaela Estes★★★★★2 months ago
    I see Mrs Gianna and she is Absolutely AMAZING!!
    By far the BEST counselor I ever had. She genuinely cares and she shows it every session... I had a rough past before I got to her, and she makes the progression to a better you, much more
    … More easy.. she walks you through how to better yourself and never fails to remind you she is there. I’d give her 10 stars if I could. DEFINITELY WOULD RECOMMEND
  • AvatarNina Cantrell★★★★★3 months ago
    Giada Martini is a very genuine, kind person that makes you really feel she's there for you personally & not just professionally. Her office is very easy space to be in to boot!
  • AvatarVictoria Thomas★★★★★a year ago
    This place is such a tranquil respite if you need somewhere safe to unwind, process grief, heal, or feel strengthened on your journey. Gianna Martini has been an absolute godsend, and I don't think you'll find anyone more caring, … More empathetic, and compassionate. She's kindhearted, an intuitive listener, insightful, and wise. Gianna truly cares about her clients, and I've so appreciated her support and wisdom.
  • AvatarAnonymous Anonymous★★★★★8 months ago
    Lane Gormely is the absolute best. Her experience is undeniable-hands down.
  • AvatarCasey Graebner★★★★★8 months ago
    Great counseling service for my son who is dealing with some hard problems. Very helpful.

Ray of Hope Counseling Services
2.5
Based on 15 Reviews
Ashley T.
Ashley T.
2020-01-14 12:03:44
I can't attest to the qualifications of the therapists, but the office staff isn't the best. I left two messages (because no one ever answered the phone) to...
Vicki T.
Vicki T.
2019-07-26 22:36:28
I love this place and feel especially grateful for Gianna Martini who has been a godsend to me. A very intuitive listener, she's kind, caring, and...
Shelly K.
Shelly K.
2019-03-22 11:46:51
Receptionist extremely rude and unhelpful, needs some training on customer service.
Lisa S.
Lisa S.
2018-05-01 09:56:20
I am going here for a multitude of reasons. Mainly for my almost 9 year old to have someone to talk to. Lauren Sanders is AMAZING. We both love her and...
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