I want to lose weight …after I eat this pint of ice cream

This blog was written as a contribution for Primal Athlete Why is it so difficult to kick old habits? Thrive Therapy just wrapped up the third session of their 12-week Weight Loss Group Therapy program. In this group setting, each woman has expressed the desire to lose weight and feel more comfortable in her own… Read »

The Main Course: You vs. Food

Guest Contribution By Reid Peterson, Primal Athlete Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the main course: good vs. evil, underdog vs. hero, David vs. Goliath. You vs. Food Has food beaten you down for months, years, or decades? Has it become your biggest enemy? Have you become immune to the effects it has on your body that… Read »

Don’t give mean words so much power

“Why can’t people just be nice?” I’ve heard this a few times this week, in session and from friends. While I can agree with the saying, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” I am also aware that I cannot control anyone, only myself. I simply can’t force anyone… Read »

Get your point across without shoving it down their throat

By Ashlee Secord The following blog is a taste of what I will be speaking on  at the women’s health event, How to Make 2014 the Best Year Ever! on February 8 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Chart House in Lakeville. For more information on this event and registration go to www.lakevillefitwomen.com!… Read »

Why we second guess ourselves

Why we second-guess ourselves By Ashlee Secord Self-doubt, self-criticism and self-judgment are so commonplace in our lives that when we come across someone who is confident, assured or comfortable making mistakes we consider them “self-centered” or even “arrogant.” If not these things something must be wrong with them! We have gotten away from stepping out… Read »

My addiction saved my life

By Ashlee Secord When you break your leg, foot or dislocate your knee it’s likely are you’re going to need a crutch or two to get around. Without that crutch your mobility will be limited to hopping to and from your bed and bathroom and possibly the couch. The crutch, albeit new and awkward, is… Read »

Why our actions fall short of our intentions

New Years Day is just around the corner and with it the wave of New Years Resolutions. The first of the year seems to do at least 2 things to us, Assess: Where was I this time last year? Am I better or worse? Plan: I WILL be “better” this time next year! So help… Read »

Why its so important to face your fears

By Ashlee Secord, LMFT When I begin working with a new client I try to get an understanding of where they’ve been, what they’ve experienced and how they think and feel about themselves. Sometimes I will come right out and ask, but usually I am just listening to their stories, what makes them anxious, happy… Read »

Grow Up

By Ashlee Secord, LMFT Do you remember being a teenager and being so eager to grow up? I recall beingi n such a hurry to be an adult. Look at all the freedom they had! They could come and go as they pleased, they had no one to answer to, no curfew or bedtime and… Read »

A Case for Suffering

Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape. ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Pain is great motivator. Rather, avoiding pain is a great motivator. We avoid pain like… Read »