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Self-Care During Covid-19 Part 2. Apr 15th, 2020

It’s OK to be a little Bit Selfish In today’s world, it is so hard to escape reality. I’ve been trying really hard to not watch the news, as I am much more sensitive to visuals knowing I will be sitting with someone in crisis, listening to their story and...

Self-Care During Covid-19 Apr 9th, 2020

During this Covid19 Pandemic, we are all experiencing added stressors, making life even more challenging. Working around trying to juggle work and home, attempting to levy worries about the future with mindfulness of this day, take care of our mental health and physical health with restrictions and changes to our...

A Guide On How To Deal with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Apr 2nd, 2020

Now that we are all learning to live with our “new normal,” with the Covid-19, it is so important to take this time to self-reflect. Ask yourself, “how am I doing?” and make sure to take notice and act when your stress level is beyond where it should be. Many...

Tele-psychiatry now available at Strategies for Success! Oct 10th, 2016

We at Strategies for Success are excited to announce our new Tele-psychiatry program. Medication evaluations and medication management is available from our Chandler Office via video conferencing with highly qualified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. Call today to schedule! (480)252-5152, or email us, at appointment@saptherapist.com. Book An Appointment

Introducing Life Coaching Services to Strategies for Success! Dec 21st, 2015

We are very excited to announce this exciting new addition to our Wellness Center! Professional Life Coaching Services! This is a perfect option for someone who’s life is in transition, to give that extra boost in support, motivation and accountability to realize your greatest potential! More information coming soon, but e-mail appointment@saptherapist.com for...

Strategies for Success Counseling and Wellness Center is on the Move!!! Dec 3rd, 2015

We are very pleased to be able to continue to be a premier resource to the South East Valley Community for Counseling and Wellness services. Our new location is a Wellness Center and will eventually offer all types of wellness services, including: Massage Therapy, Hair Services, Retreats, Acupuncture, Chiropractor Services and...

Our Thoughts of Care and Concern go to the Victims of Today’s Terror in San Bernardino Dec 3rd, 2015

When witnessing an event with as much magnitude as on the news today as the terror attack in San Bernardino, CA, its time to stop what you are doing. PERIOD! Take a mental break, take a self assessment, drink some tea, well, you get the idea, no? Next, determine either...

New Counselor Starts in March Mar 2nd, 2015

Strategies for Success is excited to welcome Regina Robison to the practice starting March 23, 2015. Regina’s strengths as a clinician include being compassionate, non-judgmental, and utilizes a strengths-based approach to care. She believes it is important to look at each individual as a whole, taking into account each person’s...

Listen to SFS’s Elizabeth Rahamim on Pulse Radio! Sep 19th, 2014

Our own Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP, was recently interviewed on Pulse Radio! Click this link to listen! If you or a friend/family member needs the assistance of a licensed counselor or psychiatrist, we offer quality over-the-phone and in person sessions to help fit any personal needs. Book An Appointment

New Events Happening at Strategies For Success-Reserve your Spot Now! Jun 5th, 2014

Women’s Connect Group Saturdays 1:00PM Women’s Connect Group—Forming Now! Do you ever feel overwhelmed, lonely or worried and have no one to just VENT to? Does everyone you tell just want to give you advice, but won’t just listen??? Join Professional Facilitator Linda Davis, LPC, for a private, safe place...

Understanding The Nurtured Heart Approach Jun 4th, 2014

By Janine Stanley, Licensed Professional Counselor I have been asked several times to explain this “Nurtured Heart Approach” by many friends, co-workers, parents and clients. I often struggle to find my own words at times because it is represented in a visual image for me. Imagine having the land to...

Under Construction Feb 9th, 2014

We appreciate your patience as we work on some major updates to our website. You may find links that are not working and things of that nature. We are restructuring our site and so we are slowly going thorugh and checking all of these things to make sure they are...

Be Here Now Jan 5th, 2014

by Suzanne Northey, M.S. LMFT at Strategies for Success, Chandler location Are you looking for a way to increase your joy? Do you want to learn to have greater appreciation for the people in your life? Do you feel stuck in certain circumstances and can’t seem to find a way to move...

What does a Nurse Practitioner Do? Dec 9th, 2013

by Faith M. Zunner, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC at the Strategies for Success Scottsdale Location Chances are that by this time either you or a loved one have received health care from a nurse practitioner. Many work in doctor’s offices, although nurse practitioners can also be found in any location where health...

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid Dec 6th, 2013

by Amy Morin Article from www.forbes.com For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength—tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail...

Living With Chronic Illness Builds Courage Dec 4th, 2013

by Pauline Salvucci Article from www.healingwell.com The challenge of living with chronic illness isn’t always apparent when you’re first diagnosed. This is just the beginning. It takes time to understand your illness, the treatment options available, and how living with illness will affect your life and the lives of your partner...

Improving Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence, Part 2 Dec 2nd, 2013

by Jennifer Menichello, LPC at Strategies for Success in Chandler, AZ Last month, I suggested some things you can try on your own or with the help of your therapist to help you feel better about yourself. Here are some more tips to increase your self-esteem/self-confidence: – Take an inventory...

The Holidays, Children And Divorce – 5 Things To Do And 5 Things Not To Do During The Holidays Nov 29th, 2013

Written by First Wives World Article from www.firstwivesworld.com A journalist recently interviewed me to discuss the most important things to keep in mind during the holidays after divorce if you have children, and the following suggestions were my recommendations: 5 Things to Do: Be sensitive to the fact that your children are looking...

8 Tips for Surviving Depression and Anxiety During the Holidays Nov 27th, 2013

by Carol W. Berman, M.D., Assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, NYU Medical Center Article from The Huffington Post Ah, the holidays! Most people feel a sense of anticipation and joy as we approach the holidays. Time for family gatherings and other fun activities. However, a considerable number of people, including those people in...

Pet Project Nov 25th, 2013

by Suzanne Northey, M.S. LMFT at Strategies for Success in Chandler, Arizona Do you ever feel unappreciated or unsupported? Do you ever get lonely or bored? Do you have difficulty talking yourself into getting off the couch to go outside and enjoy some physical activity? Do you want to find...

What is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner? Nov 21st, 2013

by Tracy Schelle, Psy NP at Strategies for Success in Chandler, Arizona A psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) is an advanced practice nurse who has an extended scope of practice in psychiatry. A PMHNP has either a Master of Science in Nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree....

Improving Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence, Part 1 Nov 12th, 2013

By Jennifer Menichello LPC, Strategies for Success Healthy self-esteem will help you feel good about yourself and push you to accomplish your goals. Self-esteem is the capacity to feel good about yourself in all situations, even when you don’t necessarily make good decisions. It is important to recognize that what you did might...

Yes, Anxiety can be Treatable Sep 23rd, 2013

by Tracy Schelle, Psy NP, Strategies for Success Anxiety is a feeling everyone experiences. People with excessive anxiety often fear they do not have the ability to cope with stressful situations and may experience chronic worry. Physical symptoms of anxiety may include: rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, restlessness, muscle tension, nausea, and...

Research Reveals How Kids Learn From ‘Sex-Saturated’ Online Culture Aug 20th, 2013

by Kurt Wagner Article and Image from Mashable Is YouTube America’s new sex-ed teacher? It’s starting to look that way. New research from author and clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair has found many teens are turning to Internet videos to educate themselves on topics relating to sexual health, including sexuality, dating, and gender stereotypes....

50 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents Jul 23rd, 2013

by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD Article from www.rootsofaction.com In addition to getting your student ready, back-to-school is also a time when most parents revisit strategies that help support their children during the academic year. What’s your parenting mindset at back-to-school time, or anytime? As a writer and researcher with a passion for positive...

Feel Like a Good or Bad Parent? How To Be a “Good Enough Parent” May 31st, 2013

by Janet Lehman, MSW Article from: www.empoweringparents.com Dear Parents, As the year draws to a close, I wanted to reach out and invite you to talk about something we often don’t bring up with others—the hard times we all experience as parents. The moments when you were at the end of your rope, when...

Simple Keys to Effective Communication May 27th, 2013

How to be a great communicator. Published on July 26, 2011 by Clifford N. Lazarus, Ph.D. in Think Well Article from: www.psychologytoday.com Everyone communicates in one way or another, but very few people have mastered the skill of truly effective communication. Breakdowns in communication occur all too often and usually lead to a wide...

Living Through and Surviving Traumatic Events May 21st, 2013

by Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FAAETS, FACW, NCBF, CW Article from www.medicalwellnessassociation.com Suffering breaks our world.Like a tree struck by lightening —splintered, shaken, denudedOur world is broken by suffering, and we will never be the same again. …Nathan Kollar In just the past few months, we have witnessed two major hurricanes...

9 Simple Chores Your Preschooler Could Be Doing Right Now May 17th, 2013

by Adriana Velez Article from: www.thestir.cafemom.com Got a lazy kid? Of course you don’t! Kids are NEVER lazy. Har har. Everyone seems to have a different opinion about how much responsibility kids should have, and at what age. I remember being surprised to learn a friend of mine had already taught her 3-year-old...

Aurora Behavioral Health Care in Tempe May 14th, 2013

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP Today I toured Aurora Behavioral Health Care’s Tempe location. This three year old facility is beautiful and very well designed to meet the inpatient and outpatient needs of adolescents and adults in the East Valley. Aurora Behavioral is the largest voluntary psychiatric hospital system in...

The Naked Truth May 8th, 2013

by Geneen Roth, www.geneenroth.com Back in the last century, I weighed almost twice as much as I do now—and I desperately wanted to be thin. So desperately that if a genie had appeared (and I’m not exactly proud of this fact) and offered me one wish, it would have been to...

How Do You Determine the Health of Your Marriage? May 7th, 2013

by www.marriagecounselingblog.com Have you ever considered how to determine how good or healthy your marriage is? There isn’t a lab test or a thermometer that gives you a reading to tell you how you are doing. So, how do people know if their marriage is healthy or not? Unfortunately, for some...

What will happen to me if I violate a DOT drug & alcohol rule? May 3rd, 2013

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP Below you will find information taken from the United States Department of Transportation website (www.dot.gov) regarding Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance (www.dot.gov/odapc) for DOT employees (www.dot.gov/odapc/employee). I am a SAP and am available to assist DOT employees in need of evaluation, counseling, prescription &...

Daughters of Unloving Mothers: 7 Common Wounds May 1st, 2013

by Peg Streep in Tech Support. Article from www.psychologytoday.com Taking stock is often the first step in healing. In the years since I researched and wrote Mean Mothers, I’ve talked to women about our shared experiences. Every woman’s story is different, of course; perhaps the greatest commonality is the discovery that each of us is...

SAD in the summer? Sunshine depression rare, but real Apr 30th, 2013

Article by Cari Nierenberg from http://bodyodd.nbcnews.com/ Many of us can hardly wait for summer to arrive, but a small number of people are much happier when it’s over. You’ve no doubt heard of Seasonal AffectiveDisorder, the wintertime mood disorder — but some get SAD in the summer. As hot weather approaches, those with...

But my Physician prescribed them… A look at Pill Addiction Apr 24th, 2013

By Brooke R. Tangen Huus, MA AC/ESS Counselor Article from www.valleyhope.org Addiction Recovery: Unfortunately pill addiction is becoming more and more predominate in today’s society. There are many complexities that are contributing to this uprising and concern today and both the why and how can it be prevented. According to the...

10 Tips to Help You Deal with Your Ex Apr 18th, 2013

I found this article by Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D. on www.psychologytoday.com. It really gives some good tips on dealing with an ex. Holding on to anger and resentment will bring everyone down. Most of us have at least one former partner in our lives. Sometimes these relationships are smooth and sometimes the lines between ex...

Coping with Horrific News Apr 16th, 2013

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP Sadness fills my heart as I think about the participants who were victimized in the bombings today in Boston. As a country, since 9/11, we have experienced one major tragedy after the next. It is easy to become desensitized, numb and closed off emotionally from the reality of the...

Helping Children After a Natural Disaster: Information for Parents and Teachers Apr 12th, 2013

Article from: www.nasponline.org by Philip J. Lazarus, NCSP, Florida International UniversityShane R. Jimerson, NCSP, University of California, Santa BarbaraStephen E. Brock, NCSP, California State University, Sacramento PDF version Natural disasters can be especially traumatic for children and youth. Experiencing a dangerous or violent flood, storm, or earthquake is frightening even for...

6 Tips for What to Do When You Feel Exhausted by Life Apr 10th, 2013

Article from: http://www.psychologytoday.com/ by Alice Boyes, Ph.D. in Practice Six tips to help you feel better when you feel exhausted by life. Here are six tips to help you feel better when you feel overwhelmed by stress and exhausted by life. 1. Avoid the “Belief in a Just World” Trap. “Belief in a just world” is...

Factors that Make a Difference in Marital Success Apr 9th, 2013

Article from: http://strongermarriage.org/ by Thomas R. Lee, PhDDepartment of Family and Human DevelopmentUtah State University Most couples enter into marriage expecting to succeed. They look at the divorce statistics and believe those figures won’t apply to them. And yet, somewhere between 40 and 50 percent of those marrying today will become...

How to find the BEST Therapist for you Apr 5th, 2013

Seven tips on finding the best therapist for you. Published on February 15, 2011 by Tracey Cleantis, LMFT in Freudian Sip Article from: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freudian-sip The first time I went to therapy, my parents chose a psychotherapist quickly (an easier decision than which mechanic they took their car to). The way they found this nutter-butter-can-of-cashews was that...

Resources, Links and Referrals Apr 3rd, 2013

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP Having resources, links and referrals available during tough times can be critical to helping an individual attain the help they need. With the internet the way it is today, luckily such resources are available at any time to offer an opportunity to research and gain...

Newly Born, and Withdrawing From Painkillers Apr 2nd, 2013

Article & photo from: http://www.nytimes.com/ By ABBY GOODNOUGH and KATIE ZEZIMA Published: April 9, 2011 A nurse administered methadone to Matthew, 4 weeks old, at a medical center in Bangor, Me., while he was held by his father. BANGOR, Me. — The mother got the call in the middle of the night: her 3-day-old...

Growing Concerns over the Use of Molly Mar 29th, 2013

Article from: www.theriversource.org If you’ve heard those around you talking about Molly, but you have yet to meet her, it may be that there is no real Molly after all. With posters asking “Where is molly?” and the speculation over Madonna’s concert last year when she asked, “How many people...

Being a good therapist and being a good parent require the same skills Mar 27th, 2013

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. in Compassion Matters Being a good parent is like being a good therapist. The qualities that are manifested by a good parent are the same as those that are characteristic of a good therapist. This is because parents and therapists are involved in a similar pursuit: supporting and encouraging...

Grief and Loss Support Network for Parents who have lost their Child to Addiction Mar 25th, 2013

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP Offering parents a safe place to grieve the loss of their child to drug or alcohol addiction can be so important in their healing process. Strategies for Success has an ongoing support group for parent(s) who have lost a child to drug or alcohol addiction....

Balancing Work & the Kids’ Spring Break Mar 22nd, 2013

by Lorraine C. Ladish Living in Florida, I kind of dread spring break. My beloved beach, where I go running to unwind after a hard day of work, is out of bounds for the entire month of March. Partying spring-breakers lie on the sand, surf the waves and mingle in bars,...

Strategies for Success in the San Tan Sun News Mar 18th, 2013

If you pick up the March 16th issue of the San Tan Sun News you will find Strategies for Success ‘Doing Business’ profile on page 19. You can also download a digital .pdf copy here: http://www.santansun.com/pdfs/031613/3.16.2013STSNAllLO.pdf

Support Groups and Educational Seminars offer Strategies for Success in Chandler Mar 11th, 2013

[Chandler, AZ] Strategies for Success is pleased to announce that it now offers Educational and Informational group learning Seminars and Support Networks in its Chandler-based offices. “Seminars are a wonderful way to gain confidence in the area of focus that you attend,” says Strategies for Success founder Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP....

About Group Therapy Mar 8th, 2013

By MICHAEL HERKOV, PH.D Group therapy provides psychotherapy treatment in a format where there is typically one therapist and six to twelve participants with related problems. Sometimes a therapist may recommend group therapy over individual psychotherapy for a variety of reasons. It may be that the group format is better suited for the...

Substance Abuse & Your Teen Seminar Mar 5th, 2013

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP Are you concerned that your teenager may be experimenting in drugs or alcohol? Learn what’s out there right now that many teens may be exposed to. With modern technology, information is so readily available teens and parents have a naive sense of security and safety...

Reflections on Love Feb 16th, 2013

By Lisa M. Vallejos, MA, LPC, NCC, Existential Psychotherapy Topic Expert Contributor February 14 provokes many feelings in people throughout the world. For some, it is the official day of romance. For others, it’s a commercial holiday, one more way for consumers to be exploited. Others experience this day as a painful reminder...

Death in the Workplace Feb 14th, 2013

Dealing With the Death of a Co-Worker By Dawn Rosenberg McKay, About.com Guide The death of a colleague leaves both a personal and professional void in a workplace. We spend many hours of our lives with our co-workers. We form relationships with them, even if those relationships consist of merely saying hello as...

Strategies for Success Seminars Feb 12th, 2013

Strategies for Success is now offering multi-session seminars designed to educate and inform through group learning and support networks. Register online at saptherapist.com/seminars.

Watch Out, is that a DUI on your record, can I keep my job? Feb 8th, 2013

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP at Strategies for Success Here in Arizona, we have some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation. Getting a DUI is a very serious act, and is far more common than one may think. A DUI on your record will affect your job if your company has...

Treating postpartum depression Feb 6th, 2013

By Melissa Lee Phillips Psychotherapy, rather than medication, should be the first line of treatment, research suggests. After Christina Hibbert gave birth to her first child 14 years ago, she knew something was wrong. “I felt like I was the only one who could take care of him,” she says....

8 Things to Do After a Lay-off Feb 4th, 2013

by Alisha Tillery You’ve been working on a job you either love, hate, or feel indifferently about when you find out you’re being laid off. What happens then? Jobseekers are unemployed for an average of nine months, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Finding a job can...

How to Report Drug Abuse in the Workplace Jan 29th, 2013

By Juanita King, eHow.com Contributor There is evidence of drug abuse when a coworker comes to work smelling of liquor, makes too many trips to the restroom or smells of marijuana during work hours. Another indicator that an employee abuses drugs is arriving to work late with a litany of...

What makes them relapse? Jan 22nd, 2013

What makes them relapse? RIA research teams look to literature on addictive behavior Published: April 20, 2006 By KATHLEEN WEAVERReporter Contributor Two research teams at UB’s Research Institute on Addictions recently explored the scientific literature focusing on relapse to addictive behavior. The first team reviewed studies of relapse to driving under...

My New Boss has Asperger Syndrome Jan 17th, 2013

BY: Leslie Ayres, The Job Search Guru Tips and insights for working with the special gifts and limitations of Aspies in the workplace. A friend of mine is a scientist and just began working in a new job where she says that her biggest challenge is that her new boss has...

Teaching Teens about the Emotional Aspect of Intimate Relationships Jan 15th, 2013

by Esther Boykin, MFT We are all familiar with the public service announcements encouraging parents to talk to their children about drugs and alcohol, internet safety, and sex. I even saw one recently about safe driving habits like not texting or eating behind the wheel. But have you ever wondered...

4 Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Relationships Jan 10th, 2013

By Dr. Rachna Jain One main facet of social media is its emphasis on creating and maintaining relationships. All the content you create, all the following you build, each of these is designed to create and foster more intimate relationships with people, in some cases, people you might not have met any...

Shoppers Use ‘Retail Therapy’ to Ward Off Stress Dec 26th, 2012

By: Jeanette Mulvey, BusinessNewsDaily Managing Editor  Perhaps you’ve heard a friend say they’re headed out for a little “retail therapy” and thought they were being a tad dramatic. As it turns out, people really do shop to relieve stress. And, it’s not just after a stressful event that people tend to hit...

Fa-La-La: How to get along with difficult family members over the holidays Dec 25th, 2012

By Dr. Lawana R. Lofton, PsyD How do you get along with difficult family members? Of course we love [ all ] of our relatives, right? Even the relationships with in-laws, but sometimes getting along with everyone during the holidays is not an easy task. Communication expert, Sandra A. Crowe, MA., author...

Commentary on the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Dec 22nd, 2012

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP, Strategies for Success In light of the mass shooting last Friday, I feel it is important first to acknowledge the tremendous loss that not only has been felt within the affected community of Sandy Hook, but for all of the moms and dads out across the...

Holiday Party Planning in the Diverse Workplace Dec 20th, 2012

By Heidi LaFleche, Monster Contributing Writer Holiday party planning can get dicey when companies add diversity to their merrymaking mix. How do you appeal to all without leaving someone out in the cold? “Put the emphasis on celebrating,” advises workplace diversity consultant Sondra Thiederman, PhD, author of Making Diversity Work, founder of Cross-Cultural Communications...

7 Tips For Beating The Holiday Blues Dec 18th, 2012

by Lisa Angelettie MSW, www.girlshrink.com I’m sure you can feel in coming on like clockwork. Much like a seasonal cold or flu, except it feels worse and it comes every year – The Holiday Blues.Feeling depressed during the holidays is not unusual for people who feel stressed by the upcoming dinners, parties, shopping,...

How to Deal With Personal Issues at Work Dec 14th, 2012

by Dawn Rosenberg McKay, About.com Guide Personal issues including family problems, life changing situations, emotional difficulties, illness, and even one’s sexual orientation, can impact your job and ultimately your ability to advance your career. Try as you might to keep your private life separate from your work life, inevitably one may begin to run...

I’m confused when looking for a new therapist, what’s the difference? Dec 14th, 2012

I’m confused when looking for a new therapist, what’s the difference? Masters, PhD, Md, DO or Psych NP? by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP What is the Difference between all of these different credentials? I cannot tell you how many times clients have asked me what the differences are between the...

Detox and Rehab Dec 10th, 2012

by Beth Aileen Lameman What is detox and rehab?Detox describes the cleansing that happens to your body when you stop an addiction or compulsion. The best way to successfully detox is to join a Rehab program, which is usually done in a rehabilitation or treatment center. Your experience will vary...

Are you Frustrated with Life! Don’t let your frustrations hold you back! Dec 8th, 2012

Written by Larry Lewis My life sucks and I’m sick and tired of watching it pass me by. I’ve never been so frustrated with life as I am now and I just want to get out of this rut. I hate, hate, hate my life. I’m just so fed up of...

Love and Romance in the Workplace Dec 6th, 2012

by Harvey Meyer www.businessknowhow.com Romance in the workplace is nothing new, and neither are the problems that can result. But not all workplace romances cause problems, and in many cases they actually improve productivity and morale. So how should your business handle this touchy subject? Here are some guidelines to...

Co-Parenting After Divorce Dec 4th, 2012

by Sam Margulies in Divorce for Grownups Co-parenting after divorce has become an increasingly attractive and sought after arrangement. In contrast to the conventional sole custody in which the mother typically has all the responsibility for the children, co-parenting emphasizes an equal (or nearly equal) role for fathers. Co-parenting fathers have the children with them...

Working a DOT Job – what does that mean for me? Dec 1st, 2012

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP DOT is short for the Federal Department of Transportation. If you are considering a position in any of the 6 areas of DOT, such as Airline Industry, Transportation, ie trucking, Bus Driver or in the Train System, you need to make sure you are able...

Working Smart Nov 29th, 2012

by Dr. John C. Maxwell Being successful is not about how hard you work – it’s about how smart you work. Michael LeBoef said, “Devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing.” In a leader’s life, there’s a big difference between activity and...

Organized Habits Nov 26th, 2012

by Charlotte Steill, www.simplyputorganizing.com Habits are behavioral routines that occur subconsciously. One way to remove a bad habit is to eliminate it’s triggers (change your routine) or add a reminder to do things differently (a bright post it note to yourself). Most homes I work in have one thing in common....

The Empty Shell – Dealing with those feelings now that you are sober Nov 24th, 2012

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP For those who never use may not understand what the attraction to substance abuse is. For many it is an escape from seemingly unbearable symptoms of anxiety, depression or other psychological symptoms. Often, it is a form of self-medicaton of symptoms the person does not...

Rise Above the Fray: How to Deal With Difficult People at Work Nov 22nd, 2012

By Susan M. Heathfield, About.com Guide Difficult people do exist at work. They come in every variety and no workplace is without them. How difficult a person is for you to deal with depends on your self-esteem, your self-confidence and your professional courage. Dealing with difficult people is easier when the...

20 Anger Management Tips Nov 20th, 2012

by Julia Barnard, Counsellor & Author at makethechange.com.au The term ‘anger management’ is used to acknowledge that anger is an inevitable, natural human emotion. It is not about getting rid of anger; rather it is about dealing with those emotions so you can express your anger more productively. Consider the following tips and...

Balancing Work and Family: I know, you never knew it would be so hard!! Nov 17th, 2012

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP Ughh, the baby has a fever, Riley has to bring snacks for her Girl Scout Meeting that you completely forgot about until today! And, you’ve got your boss sending you e-mails every hour asking you about how that report is coming along because they really...

Expert Parenting Tips for Parents in Recovery Nov 14th, 2012

Posted by Elements Behavioral Health As addicts, we like to believe that our behaviors only damage ourselves. What we do is nobody else’s business. But this is a delusion crafted by the disease of addiction. In reality, our behaviors affect friends, relatives, co-workers and everyone we come into contact with. And...

Parenting Responsibilities: 10 Things You Are (and Aren’t) Responsible for as a Parent Nov 13th, 2012

by Sara Bean, M.Ed. These days, we’re bombarded with mixed messages about how to parent “the right way.” It’s easy to buy into advice from the media, relatives, and other parents and start to worry that we’re doing something wrong. Part of the reason this is happening is because adults, just...

How Depression Affects all Stages of Life, Childhood through Adulthood Nov 9th, 2012

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP Depression is a mysterious thing. In younger children and pre-teens, the child does not appear to be depressed typically, but irritable, unmotivated and seemingly disrespectful. As the body grows into adulthood and the shift from concrete thought processes to more abstract thinking occurs, people can...

Workplace Depression Nov 7th, 2012

By SCOTT WALLACE, PH.D., R.PSYCH. Workplace depression is an area of increasing concern. When an employee is depressed, it can affect not only that employee’s productivity and happiness, but the entire mood of his or her co-workers and their productivity too. Luckily, depression in the workplace is not inevitable or hopeless. Steps can...

Treating for Depression Can Prevent Teen Drug Abuse Nov 5th, 2012

By JANICE WOOD Associate News EditorReviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on June 5, 2012 Treating adolescents for depression can reduce their chances of abusing drugs later on, new research has found. Researchers at Duke University found that only 10 percent of 192 adolescents whose depression receded after 12 weeks of treatment later abused...

Substance Use and Depression Nov 2nd, 2012

Depression and Substance Abuse People with depression may turn to drugs or alcohol to medicate their pain. By Dennis Thompson Jr. Medically reviewed by Christine Wilmsen Craig, MD Mood disorders like depression and substance abuse go together so frequently that doctors have coined a term for it: dual diagnosis. People who have suffered recent...

Different Clients, Different Solutions Oct 31st, 2012

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP It is interesting how referrals come into the practice. Ironically, I always seem to get clusters of clients who are facing very similar issues at a given time. Last summer, I saw quite a few teens who were suffering from the disease of Substance Dependence. After the...

Significance of REM Sleep in Depression: Effects on Neurogenesis Oct 24th, 2012

Significance of REM Sleep in Depression: Effects on Neurogenesis by Laura Palagini*1, Angelo Gemignani2 and Mario Guazzelli1 1Department of Psychiatry, Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Biotechnology, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy School of Medicine, Via Roma 67 Pisa 56100, Italy 2Department of Physiological Sciences, University of Pisa, Extreme Centre, Scuola Superiore Sant’ Anna...

Link Between REM Sleep and Depression Oct 23rd, 2012

Press Release from: University of Rochester The search for the genetic roots of depression has led scientists to the bedroom, where they’ve discovered that people with a particular type of sleep pattern and a family history of depression are twice as likely to become depressed as relatives who don’t sleep...

Insomnia & Depression: Bedfellows Oct 19th, 2012

Article By Psychology Today Sleep disturbances are a hallmark of depression, but insomnia can actually unleash the mood disorder. Treating sleep disturbances might help prevent depressive episodes. By Hara Estroff Marano Sleep disturbances and unipolar depression are such intransigent bedfellows that troubled sleep is considered a hallmark of the mood disorder....

Article: Self Esteem and Anxiety in Teens Sep 13th, 2012

When people ask me, who do I see in my practice, it seems to go in cycles. Lately, I have been seeing a lot of teens for a whole host of issues, mainly surrounding the issue of anxiety. With so many pressures within social, academic and family realms, it kind of seems...

Find SFS and More at Chandler.com Sep 8th, 2012

I am delighted to announce that Strategies for Success has been profiled on Chandler.com at http://www.chandler.com/story/Strategies-for-Success/1289267. In addition, it is a pretty great resource for finding other local businesses of all kinds.

BAD BEHAVIOR: 5 Things You Can (and Can’t) Control Sep 8th, 2012

I recently received this article from a school counselor and am posting it for its great insight for you parents. This is good feedback regarding managing resistance from the younger set in the house. -Elizabeth “What can you do when your child just refuses to get up and go to...

Therapist(s) Wanted! Jul 24th, 2012

We are already expanding our award-wining practice! Strategies for Success is looking to hire licensed therapist(s) for evening and weekend hours in a private practice setting, and to be on call for Critical Incident Stress Debriefing’s (CISD). Employee Assistance Program (EAP) experience is a plus, and Substance Abuse assessment skills...

Best of Chandler Award 2012 May 28th, 2012

Wow, I am grateful to announce that I was nominated for the Best of Chandler Award for 2012 for Mental Health Services category from and won! Thank you to whomever nominated me. I take very seriously what I do and strive to provide the best services possible when working with my clients....

Welcome to Strategies for Success! Apr 23rd, 2012

Hello and welcome! I am thrilled to be posting on my Blog for the first time! I have recently moved my office to South Chandler, with the expectation that I will be meeting a great need for counseling services in the South Chandler community. My current caseload is about 60%...