Abigail Maher, M.A.

Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern Abby earned her Masters degree from Northwestern University where she specialized in working with the LGBTQIA+ population. In addition to her clinical work Abby is an active volunteer with The Trevor Project, a national organization dedicated to suicide prevention for LGBTQIA+ youth. She is a volunteer member of the Human …

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Tips on Taking Care of Mental Health

Mental health issues affect nearly 15% of the population. This data can be alarming, considering that 2/3 of those diagnosed with mental disorder remains untreated. While mental disorders are sometimes caused by chemical imbalance in the brain, some of these are caused by the experiences that we need to deal with, such as death of …

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Two Herbs that Help with Mental Distress

We often hear of how well plants, especially herbs, can help increase the effectiveness of the body’s immune system. Mental distress is often caused by an imbalance in part of the brain. While no herbs can completely cure a mental disorder, there are some that can help alleviate the most distressful symptoms. Following are two …

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Overview of Mental Health Counseling

Mental health counseling or clinical counseling is a practice in psychology that helps relieve psychological disorders or distress by promoting personal development. It also practices psychotherapy, consultation, forensic investigation specifically forensic testimony, formulation, implementation and evaluation of plans and programs for treatment of psychological dysfunction and research. Because of the nature of this field, it …

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Stress Management Through Aromatherapy

Stress management is very important especially to those people who get stressed easily. Today, there are so many techniques of managing stress. Some of which include cognitive therapy, meditation, autogenic training, exercise, deep breathing, conflict resolution, and relaxation such as fractional and progressive, effective time management, listening to certain relaxing types of music, and using …

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What Causes Poly-Behavioral Addiction?

The reasons for initially trying different socially acceptable legal drugs (e.g. alcohol, cigarettes, etc.), and/ or illegal drugs, or for that matter any addictive behavior involvement (e.g. gambling, binge-eating, etc.) are multi-factored (e.g. peer-pressure, boredom, etc.). In the twentieth century approximately 65% (Helzer et al., 1990) of healthy American individuals (born in a family–free from …

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Sexual Attraction – Addiction or Intimacy?

Megan asked the following questions in one of our phone sessions: Over and over, when Iím really attracted to a man and I sleep with him fairly early in the relationship, I discover that he is not good husband material. What am I doing wrong? Am I just attracted to the wrong kind of men? …

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Signs of an Addiction

Addictions come in many forms. Itís important to recognize the signs of addictions in order to seek out help before the problem becomes to large. Some different types of Addictions are: Caffeine addiction, nicotine addiction, drug addiction, Alcohol addictions, and gambling addictions. Like mentioned above itís very important to recognize the symptoms of addictions in …

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Love Addiction and Approval Addiction

In my experience as a counselor for a number of years, I have found that love addiction and approval addiction are far more prevalent than any other substance or process addictions. We live in a love-addicted, approval-addicted society. What does it mean to be love/approval addicted? Below is a checklist for you to see if …

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