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Practicing Therapy, Practicing Yoga

By Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, NCC

image source: www.bombayroomyoga.com/what-is-yoga

image source: www.bombayroomyoga.com/what-is-yoga


The Practice of Therapy

You are already engaged, or are thinking about engaging, in a practice called therapy.  I am impressed and touched by your willingness to do this most difficult thing – to look within yourself in a conscious attempt to face and to release pain.  I never asked you and would never ask you to do it.  It is too difficult.  I am grateful, though, for your courage, transparency, patience, honesty, and humor.  Sitting with you enables me to engage in one of my own practices, that of the clinical therapist.  Being your therapist is not simply my profession.  It is my purpose and, of course, my challenge.  You interest and exhaust me, make me laugh, try my patience, and push buttons I didn’t know I had.  You are my truest teachers, and I have great reverence for you and for your practice.

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A Mindful Perspective: Life at the Center of Self

A Mindful Perspective: Life at the Center of Self
Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, NCC, BCC

I talk a lot with my Clients about centering, the act of living in the center of oneself. It is so very difficult not to be pulled off balance by thoughts and emotions. Unless we are mindful, unless we continually examine our own thoughts and feelings, we might fall prey to unhappy or stressful ideas and/or feelings about ourselves, our relationships including family and friends, our work or the behaviors of colleagues, addictive substances, and about life in general. People and things push or pull us, and we stumble. It happens to me, and it happens to my Clients.

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Somatic Symptoms: Messages from the Mind-Body

by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC

In Greek, sōma means body. Somatic symptoms are physical symptoms that appear to be caused by mental or emotional factors.

The psychiatric/psychological literature contains many theories and many questions about the link between mental/emotional pain and physical discomfort or illness. Current research on this subject can be found in online journals as well as in libraries. It is more or less widely agreed, for example, that depression often manifests in the body as exhaustion, aching back and limbs, anorexia or weight gain, insomnia or hypersomnia, headaches, and/or other bodily discomfort.

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Life is a Journey

Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, NCC

There are moments in most people’s lives when they hit a stumbling block, hope diminishes, and the future looks bleak. Whether in emergencies or during prolonged periods of the blahs, it is easy to get “stuck” and imagine that there is no way out and that things are always going to be this way. At times like this, it might help to think of life as a journey.

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The Practice of Mindfulness: A Stress Management Technique for Difficult Times

Written by: Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, NCC

Have you ever stopped and considered how many things compete for your attention? Do you ever lie in bed at night with thoughts that won”t stop? So many problems and challenges can spiral through a restless and fragmented attention span: a friend”s or relative”s illness, the grocery list, watering the grass, the possible solution to a computer problem, prom dresses, cut-backs at work, the uncertain Dow Jones, deadlines for paying fees and school enrollment, getting the dog to the vet, final exams, an aunt”s birthday… The thought stream seems essential, repetitive, and unstoppable. Things to worry about remind us of other things to worry about. The last thought loops back to the middle or beginning one. Some Eastern thinkers call this unfocused, jumpy thinking the Monkey Mind, and mindfulness is one way to calm and focus it.

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4255 Wade Green Road Northwest #414, Kennesaw

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    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.
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    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.
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    Love Ray of Hope Counseling. Meghan Michalewicz has helped me through some tough stuff and I am so appreciative of the advice.
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    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.
  • Avatar Nina Cantrell ★★★★★ 7 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!
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    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.
  • Avatar Anonymous Anonymous ★★★★★ a year ago
    Lane Gormely is the absolute best. Her experience is undeniable-hands down.
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    Great counseling service for my son who is dealing with some hard problems. Very helpful.

Ray of Hope Counseling Services
2.0
Based on 16 Reviews
Nadine M.
Nadine M.
2020-12-16 09:44:07
I called on behalf of my son to book an appointment. He has a generalized anxiety disorder and we are looking for a new psychiatrist for him. Many offices...
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...
Brad C.
Brad C.
2017-02-08 11:26:06
Despite all the bad reviews all over the internet of this place, I decided to give them them a go anyway. MISTAKE. The billing system and the way they...
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