Category Archives: Emotional Health

Why Do Christians Beat up Their Own?

By Matt W. Sandford, LMHC I don’t need to go into details supporting my claim that Christians beat up their own, do I? I don’t nee d to recall stories of those who have been shamed and cast out, fired, … Continue reading

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Perfectionism and Christmas: How NOT to Ruin the Holiday – for yourself and others

By Matt W. Sandford, LMHC Perfectionists can really love Christmas. And, perfectionists can really be extra frustrated at Christmas, meaning that those around them may struggle with more stress and frustrations and hurt feelings as well. “We really need to … Continue reading

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Lonely for the Holidays? Try Doing it Different

BY Matt W. Sandford, LMHC There are a lot of possible reasons why someone would be lonely for the holidays. And I suppose there are a lot of strategies for coping with it. But like in all situations, there are … Continue reading

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What to Do with Past Promiscuity?

BY Matt W. Sandford, LMHC Sometimes folks come to me and we are working on something and inevitably their past comes up. It could be about some kind of mistreatment or abuse or of some dysfunction in their past environment. … Continue reading

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The Five Do’s and Don’ts After a Relationship Ends

BY Matt W. Sandford, LMHC When a marriage or relationship is over there is of course a lot of heartache, upheaval, and a strong longing for normalcy. The longing to not be in pain and to have stability again can … Continue reading

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The 8 Worst and Best Ways to Handle Irate and Irrational People: Part 1

By Matt W. Sandford, LMHC People can get very upset and angry sometimes, can’t they? And some people, when they get upset, lash out at others. And some of those who attack or lash out, can get pretty irrational and … Continue reading

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Addressing Road Rage and Other Out of Proportion Reactions

By Matt W. Sandford, LMHC Recently I wrote about the five reasons for road rage, and by the end I acknowledged that some readers may have identified a few descriptions that hit close to home. And so I offered that … Continue reading

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The New (and Better) Use of “It’s Not You, It’s Me”: Five Reasons Behind Road Rage and Other Out of Proportion Reactions

By Matt W. Sandford, LMHC So, I was driving into work today and I took some back roads so to speak. On the way a car in front of me had signaled to turn right and slowed down and then … Continue reading

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Are You Freaking Out? A hot mess? Falling apart? Let me offer some help

By Matt W. Sandford, LMHC We live in a pretty hectic and demanding culture and so stress is just part of the territory. And in moderate amounts stress is not a bad thing, but is a motivator. But this life … Continue reading

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“Work”ing Out: Is you job a “Fit” or a “Fight”

By Matt W. Sandford, LMHC When we were young people probably asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. And I think for most of us, when we think back on how we answered we chuckle about … Continue reading

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