Grief

6 Strategies for Managing Stress in Challenging Times

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / August 15, 2016 / 0 Comments

I’ve been in a bit of a funk these past months.  Significant stress within the family and at work have  increased demands on my time and energy.  Summertime brings many positive stressors, yet these, too, can add to the load.  So I feel tired frequently and am having a hard time getting anything done. Many of us go through stressful times-it…

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Acceptance and Dropping the Agenda

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / September 14, 2014 / 1 Comment

If you find yourself in the midst of a conflict between what you had expected/planned and what is actually happening, you might be feeling pretty miserable.  The quickest way to feel better is to find acceptance of what is already here and give up the struggle.  Here is an example of what I mean:  …

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My Favorite Mindfulness Master

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / June 29, 2014 / 1 Comment

I am just returning from a short retreat with my favorite mindfulness master. Every eight weeks or so, I travel  to spend time with this ancient and wise being, immersing myself in the calm, understated energy that emanates from him. I let go of my life’s agendas and practice just being, opening up to whatever is…

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Why I don't take insurance for the mental health services I provide

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / April 1, 2013 / 2 Comments

People sometimes ask me why I don’t take insurance as payment for the mental health services I provide.  I thought I might explain the reasons having to do with you, the client,  here in my blog as well as on my website.  (I’ll take up the ethical issues for counselors in a future post.) It…

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Mental Health Counselor Rochester Hills

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / February 4, 2013 / 0 Comments

Awakening Health Counseling, located in Rochester Hills, MI and the Torch Lake area, specializes in mental health counseling services. Whether you are experiencing life transitions, aging issues, mood and anxiety concerns, relationship problems, chronic illness and pain, addictions, grief or loss, or want to further your professional development, we can work together so you can…

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My Awe-full Christmas

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / January 1, 2013 / 2 Comments

It could have been an awful Christmas.  It was the first since my mom died and the first spent without my children.  I had little money to spend on gifts and assumed I would get none.  I had been feeling the heavy sorrow of all the tragedy and heartbreak of the past several weeks and…

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Plan "B"

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / August 3, 2009 / 1 Comment

In the summer, I normally spend long weekends and an occasional week at our family cottage in northern Michigan. As my parents age, I have increased the amount of time I am there, because I want to be with them as much as possible before they return south for the winter. This year, I arranged…

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