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How to Trick a Four-Year-Old

How to Trick a Four-Year-Old

A study by Patricia Brosseau-Liard, Tracy Cassels, and Susan Birch of Concordia University and the University of British Columbia explores how children aged 4 and 5 differ in how they approach authority. The study found that four-year-olds were more likely to trust an adult providing information if they sounded confident and authoritative. When confronted with […]

Carmel, IN Therapist

Carmel, IN Therapist

At Touchstone Counseling, our comprehensive and solution-focused approach to therapy helps you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. How can I tell if a therapist is right for me? Therapists in Carmel and the surrounding area have broad skills and are able to work with a wide range of […]

Indianapolis Area Therapist

Indianapolis Area Therapist

At Touchstone Counseling, our comprehensive and solution-focused approach to therapy helps you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. How can I tell if a therapist is right for me? Therapists in Indianapolis and the surrounding area have broad skills and are able to work with a wide range of […]

Carmel, IN Therapist

Carmel, IN Therapist

At Touchstone Counseling, our comprehensive and solution-focused approach to therapy helps you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. How can I tell if a therapist is right for me? Therapists in Carmel and the surrounding area have broad skills and are able to work with a wide range of […]

Carmel, IN Therapist

Carmel, IN Therapist

At Touchstone Counseling, our comprehensive and solution-focused approach to therapy helps you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. How can I tell if a therapist is right for me? Therapists in Carmel and the surrounding area have broad skills and are able to work with a wide range of […]

Indianapolis Area Therapist

Indianapolis Area Therapist

At Touchstone Counseling, our comprehensive and solution-focused approach to therapy helps you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. How can I tell if a therapist is right for me? Therapists in Indianapolis and the surrounding area have broad skills and are able to work with a wide range of […]

Behavior Therapy

Behavior Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a common type of mental health counseling. With cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a […]

Indianapolis Counseling

Indianapolis Counseling

At Touchstone Counseling, our comprehensive and solution-focused approach to therapy helps you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. How can I tell if a therapist is right for me? Therapists in Indianapolis and the surrounding area have broad skills and are able to work with a wide range of […]

Child Therapy

Child Therapy

Is your child exhibiting new behaviors that are out of character for them?  Are they having difficulty or sudden changes in school with behavior or academics?   Have they gone through any recent trauma or major life changes?  Every child is unique; physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. There are many factors, such as environment, relationships, stressors, etc., […]

Christian Counseling

Christian Counseling

Christian counseling is a type of counseling that draws upon psychology as well as Christian beliefs and approaches. Therapists approach psychology through biblical teachings and faith-based methods. Whether you’re in the north Indianapolis area, Carmel, Noblesville, Fishers, or Westfield, consider that you have many counseling and therapy options right here in Hamilton County.

Can therapy help me?

Can therapy help me?

Making the decision to find a therapist is a very personal process…a process that often requires internal speculation and self-honesty. Perhaps you are seeking counseling for your marriage, help dealing with grief, or are struggling with management of your anger. Many times, unexpected changes in one’s life can present the need to seek clarity and […]

Do I really need counseling? I’ve got my problems under control…

Do I really need counseling? I’ve got my problems under control…

Life changes and challenging times happen to all of us. Sure, you’ve gotten through things fine in the past, or have you? What lingering questions and concerns do you have beneath the surface? When you find yourself in need of extra support, finding the right therapist can supplement your life in a very positive way! Consider […]

Asking Open-Ended Questions

Asking Open-Ended Questions

From John Gottman, whom we have talked about previously as one of the foremost researchers into relationships, comes an interesting tip: if you want intimacy, ask open-ended questions. Gottman warns that by asking questions with “yes” or “no” answers, we’re potentially missing out on opportunities for intimacy in a relationship. Within relationship conversations, it can […]

Discipline vs. Child Abuse

Discipline vs. Child Abuse

The NFL has had a rash of controversial issues in recent weeks from domestic abuse with the Ray Rice elevator incident to the most recent issue with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson child abuse controversy. This begs for the question as to what place violence has in our society at addressing conflict, demonstrating discipline, […]

Belonging vs. Fitting In

Belonging vs. Fitting In

“Fitting In” There are many of us, both adults and kids alike, that spend an exorbitant amount of time and energy trying to gain acceptance from others whose approval we desire. Many times these efforts cause individuals to be less then their true selves in some instances and in more extreme cases completely abandoning self […]

What Can I Expect at Therapy

What Can I Expect at Therapy

Every counseling session is tailored and designed to each individual and their specific needs and goals. It is the norm for therapists to focus on the most important issues and concerns in your life. It is often most beneficial to engage in therapy once a week, each session usually lasting around 50 minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific […]

Can medication take the place of therapy?

Can medication take the place of therapy?

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. If you’re in Noblesville seeking therapy, consider working with your medical doctor to determine what’s best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely […]

Courting the Muse: Pictionary Research Reveals Creativity Tip

Courting the Muse: Pictionary Research Reveals Creativity Tip

Having trouble getting into the creative mood? Research how says that you may be thinking a little too hard about it. Dr. Manish Saggar suggests maybe the key is not to concentrate too hard on it, stating “The more you think about it, the more you mess it up.” Saggar and the other researchers on […]

Control and the “Good Life”

Control and the “Good Life”

How does one remain calm when life is tough? There are two ways that people have to try to fix things, primary control and secondary control. Primary control is when you use goals and action to take control of a situation. Secondary control is when you attempt to make sense of a situation in the […]

Rats, Empathy, and Chocolate

Rats, Empathy, and Chocolate

Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal, Jean Decety, and Peggy Mason at the University of Chicago may have found that rats experience empathy, too. The scientists placed rats in a cage with a button that released a door in another cage. When a second rat was placed in the other cage, the first rat would release the second […]

Relationship Counseling

Relationship Counseling

Relationship counseling is the process of counseling the parties of a human relationship in an effort to recognize, and to better manage or reconcile, troublesome differences and repeating patterns of stress upon the relationship. This can be marriage, dating, or even business partnerships. This can even help with anger management, and other situational behaviors. Whether you’re […]

Confidentiality and Privacy Involving Therapy

Confidentiality and Privacy Involving Therapy

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. With Noblesville counseling, information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include: Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. Indianapolis counseling, the therapist is […]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the therapies we can use here at Touchstone Counseling. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, was originally designed to treat depression, but it is now used to help with several conditions, and also as a method for helping a patient with unhelpful thinking or behaviors. Some studies have looked at […]

Mischel’s Marshmallows

Mischel’s Marshmallows

Lean Winerman recently interviewed Walter Mischel for the American Psychological Association about marshmallows. Yes, marshmallows – more specifically, an on-going study he lead years ago about delayed gratification.   According to the article, Mischel was inspired by watching his daughters, especially around the ages of 2 to 5, when they began to learn self-control. This […]

John Gottman’s Last Three Principles

John Gottman’s Last Three Principles

Last week we talked about Gottman’s Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work and the first four principles. The entire list can be found below: Enhance/make love maps. Nurture fondness and admiration Turn towards each other instead of away. Allow yourself to be influenced. Solve solvable problems. Overcoming gridlock. Create shared meaning.   This week we […]

How to Trick a Four-Year-Old

How to Trick a Four-Year-Old

A study by Patricia Brosseau-Liard, Tracy Cassels, and Susan Birch of Concordia University and the University of British Columbia explores how children aged 4 and 5 differ in how they approach authority. The study found that four-year-olds were more likely to trust an adult providing information if they sounded confident and authoritative. When confronted with […]

What is a Touchstone?

What is a Touchstone?

A “touchstone” is a figurative standard of value or quality against which something is measured. The word comes from ancient times when a special stone was used to guard against counterfeit money. The gold or silver content of coins wasn’t well governed, so phony money was often mixed with other metals and passed off as […]

Empathizing With the Good and the Bad

Empathizing With the Good and the Bad

A new study by Dr. Shiri Cohen(1), published by the American Psychological Association, explores empathy in relationships. The study had some expected and some interesting results. The expected results are what one would expect when considering empathy in relationships – men and women both want to feel like their partners can empathize with their happiness. […]

Nudge

Nudge

In March’s issue of Monitor on Psychology, Tori DeAngelis explores some of the ways Nudge has been implemented over the past seven years.   Nudge is an approach developed by Thaler and Suntein to encourage people to make choices without force. “[They] call those who study and implement nudge “choice architects” because they test, craft, […]

How Did We Get Here?

How Did We Get Here?

When we find ourselves in committed relationships in which we are no longer happy, especially if it has lasted a long time, we often ask ourselves the question, how did we get here? For those of us lucky enough to experience that high of infatuation or “feeling in love” in the first stages of a […]

Virtual Weight Loss

Virtual Weight Loss

Writing for the American Psychological Association, Lorna Collier explores a study by the University of Kansas Medical Center. The study explores maintaining weight loss by use of virtual reality, specifically the game Second Life which allows you to create a three-dimensional avatar and explore a world and perform tasks such as shopping at a virtual […]

John Gottman’s First Four Principles

John Gottman’s First Four Principles

John Gottman’s research and findings were not just limited to the “Four Horsemen” that mark predict divorce. Gottman also has seven principles for making marriage work.  Gottman’s principles are as follows: Enhance/make love maps. Nurture fondness and admiration Turn towards each other instead of away. Allow yourself to be influenced. Solve solvable problems. Overcoming gridlock. […]

John Gottman’s Last Three Principles

John Gottman’s Last Three Principles

Last week we talked about Gottman’s Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work and the first four principles. The entire list can be found below: Enhance/make love maps. Nurture fondness and admiration Turn towards each other instead of away. Allow yourself to be influenced. Solve solvable problems. Overcoming gridlock. Create shared meaning.   This week we […]

Confidentiality and Privacy Involving Therapy

Confidentiality and Privacy Involving Therapy

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. With Noblesville counseling, information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include: Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. Indianapolis counseling, the therapist is […]

Can medication take the place of therapy?

Can medication take the place of therapy?

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. If you’re in Noblesville seeking therapy, consider working with your medical doctor to determine what’s best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely […]

What Can I Expect at Therapy

What Can I Expect at Therapy

Every counseling session is tailored and designed to each individual and their specific needs and goals. It is the norm for therapists to focus on the most important issues and concerns in your life. It is often most beneficial to engage in therapy once a week, each session usually lasting around 50 minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific […]

Belonging vs. Fitting In

“Fitting In” There are many of us, both adults and kids alike, that spend an exorbitant amount of time and energy trying to gain acceptance from others whose approval we desire. Many times these efforts cause individuals to be less then their true selves in some instances and in more extreme cases completely abandoning self […]

Discipline vs. Child Abuse

The NFL has had a rash of controversial issues in recent weeks from domestic abuse with the Ray Rice elevator incident to the most recent issue with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson child abuse controversy. This begs for the question as to what place violence has in our society at addressing conflict, demonstrating discipline, […]

Do I really need counseling? I’ve got my problems under control…

Do I really need counseling? I’ve got my problems under control…

Life changes and challenging times happen to all of us. Sure, you’ve gotten through things fine in the past, or have you? What lingering questions and concerns do you have beneath the surface? When you find yourself in need of extra support, finding the right therapist can supplement your life in a very positive way! Consider […]

Can therapy help me?

Can therapy help me?

Making the decision to find a therapist is a very personal process…a process that often requires internal speculation and self-honesty. Perhaps you are seeking counseling for your marriage, help dealing with grief, or are struggling with management of your anger. Many times, unexpected changes in one’s life can present the need to seek clarity and […]

Indianapolis Area Therapist

Indianapolis Area Therapist

At Touchstone Counseling, our comprehensive and solution-focused approach to therapy helps you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. How can I tell if a therapist is right for me? Therapists in Indianapolis and the surrounding area have broad skills and are able to work with a wide range of […]

Relationship Counseling

Relationship Counseling

Relationship counseling is the process of counseling the parties of a human relationship in an effort to recognize, and to better manage or reconcile, troublesome differences and repeating patterns of stress upon the relationship. This can be marriage, dating, or even business partnerships. This can even help with anger management, and other situational behaviors. Whether you’re […]

Behavior Therapy

Behavior Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a common type of mental health counseling. With cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a […]

Indianapolis Counseling

Indianapolis Counseling

At Touchstone Counseling, our comprehensive and solution-focused approach to therapy helps you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. How can I tell if a therapist is right for me? Therapists in Indianapolis and the surrounding area have broad skills and are able to work with a wide range of […]

Child Therapy

Child Therapy

Is your child exhibiting new behaviors that are out of character for them?  Are they having difficulty or sudden changes in school with behavior or academics?   Have they gone through any recent trauma or major life changes?  Every child is unique; physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. There are many factors, such as environment, relationships, stressors, etc., […]

Christian Counseling

Christian Counseling

Christian counseling is a type of counseling that draws upon psychology as well as Christian beliefs and approaches. Therapists approach psychology through biblical teachings and faith-based methods. Whether you’re in the north Indianapolis area, Carmel, Noblesville, Fishers, or Westfield, consider that you have many counseling and therapy options right here in Hamilton County.

Marriage Counseling

Marriage Counseling

Marriage counseling, also called couples therapy, is a type of psychotherapy. Marriage counseling helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through marriage counseling, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding your relationship. Marriage counseling is often provided by licensed therapists known as marriage and family therapists. These therapists have […]

Confidentiality and Privacy Involving Therapy

Confidentiality and Privacy Involving Therapy

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. With Noblesville counseling, information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include: Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. Indianapolis counseling, the therapist is […]

Can medication take the place of therapy?

Can medication take the place of therapy?

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. If you’re in Noblesville seeking therapy, consider working with your medical doctor to determine what’s best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely […]

What Can I Expect at Therapy

What Can I Expect at Therapy

Every counseling session is tailored and designed to each individual and their specific needs and goals. It is the norm for therapists to focus on the most important issues and concerns in your life. It is often most beneficial to engage in therapy once a week, each session usually lasting around 50 minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific […]

Indianapolis – Is Therapy Right For Me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. Here in Carmel Indiana, there are many reasons why people come to therapy. Marriage counseling, couples, or dealing with grief…sometimes it is for help with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a […]

Indianapolis – Is Therapy Right For Me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. Here in Carmel Indiana, there are many reasons why people come to therapy. Marriage counseling, couples, or dealing with grief…sometimes it is for help with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a […]