Veronica Ingrao, LCSW, LADC, CCS

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Understanding the Difference Between Depression & Sadness

Within the intricate maze of human emotions, sadness and depression frequently intertwine their borders blending, complicating the task of distinguishing one from the other. Each emotion bears a burden capable of tethering us to profound desolation, yet they diverge notably in their persistence, magnitude, and influence on our daily existence. From a clinical perspective, discerning […]

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5 Types of Couples: The Gottman Method

Classifying how a couple behaves can be extraordinarily difficult. Diagnosing a mental health condition in an individual includes discernment of what is circumstantial, what may be physical, etc. so with two individuals, it is doubly hard. While other psychologists have attempted a classification system to support their couples counseling process (i.e. Enrich Marital System) the

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Confidence: Develop Superhero Confidence in Therapy

What is Confidence? Confidence is a skill anyone can develop.  Cultivating a more confident air is much more accessible than you may think. Many people use the terms confidence and self esteem interchangeably, but they are quite different.  Self esteem is relative to self worth.  Confidence, is a state of feeling capable and skillful.  Self

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5 Ways Anxiety Ruins Relationships & How to Deal With It

Anxiety has a maddening way of robbing us of joy in any aspect of our lives, not withstanding intimate relationships. While some signs of strain and worry in relationships may indicate red flags, others are projections of our own unresolved traumas.  Here are some common examples of the latter.   1. Anxiety ruins our ability

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Winter-over Syndrome & 9 Other Psychological Phenomenona

Winter-over Syndrome No, just because you’re in New England doesn’t mean you have winter-over syndrome.  Winter-over syndrome occurs for some who live in the Arctic, where winter is truly 7-8 months long.  The harsh physical environment, plus isolation, can lead to a heightened version of depressive like symptoms as in seasonal affective disorder.  With winter-over

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Trauma Informed Therapy & Therapists: It Matters.

Trauma informed care isn’t a specific therapy technique, it’s a philosophy, or a way of practice.  I’ve noticed the words “trauma informed” being thrown around with increased frequency like “narcissism” and these trends make me nervous.  Being trained in trauma informed care (TIC) means that your therapist is aware of the potential for trauma to

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Polyvagal Therapy: Trauma Healing Beyond Glimmers

Polyvagal theory is applied to the world of therapy by Maine’s own, Deb Dana.  I’ll do my best to offer a brief summary here, but if you are more of an auditory learner, please watch one of Dana’s many Youtube’s here. Polyvagal Overview Polyvagal theory looks at our remarkable nervous system and how it’s evolved

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