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My name is Dr. Pamela Lubing. I am a licensed psychologist and one of the Clinical Directors at Orchard Mental Health. I have been a part of the practice since 2016. I primarily work with children and adolescents, but work with all age groups. I approach my work with patients from a relational, attachment style, while also teaching cognitive behavioral techniques.

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Letting Go

Letting Go

In therapy, letting go refers to the emotional or mental release of personal attachments, people, places or things that are holding us back or weighing us down.

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Adjust Your Crown: 3 Beyonce Hits to Lift Your Mood and Confidence

Adjust Your Crown: 3 Beyonce Hits to Lift Your Mood and Confidence

As women, we face numerous challenges while traversing through life. Oftentimes, societal expectations can impact our self-perception significantly. We are expected to maintain a certain appearance, speak in a particular manner, dress in ways that please others, and so on. This pressure can often lead to losing our identity and feeling hollow. Luckily, there is a prominent figure in our culture who has openly discussed facing similar struggles. She is known as Queen B, the Queen, or simply Beyonce.

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Mindful Lyrics: Exploring Hip Hop’s Therapeutic Effects

Mindful Lyrics: Exploring Hip Hop’s Therapeutic Effects

In an era of unparalleled connectivity through the internet, social challenges are amplified, leading to unrealistic standards and expectations. In such a landscape, providing an outlet for expression that offers an avenue for young people to connect with others authentically and discover their true selves is crucial.

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Social Media Misdiagnosis

Social Media Misdiagnosis

Many teens and young adults are using social media to search for videos about mental health diagnoses, typically relating to some of the symptoms or stereotypical experiences of the content creator. This, ultimately, leads people to identify with the content creator’s diagnosis. One parent stated, “if [her daughter] sees a hint of herself in someone, she thinks she has it, too.”

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The Strength of Spirituality

The Strength of Spirituality

Although religion and spirituality have been synonymous throughout history, in the last couple of decades spirituality has detached itself as a separate entity and therefore can sometimes be overlooked.

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Avoidance of Pain

Avoidance of Pain

As human beings, our survival instincts lead us to avoid pain. While it makes sense to avoid pain in the sense that touching fire would hurt and burn us, we have begun to apply avoiding pain too broadly.

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The Act of Appreciation

The Act of Appreciation

As we step into the Holiday season — a season marked by warmth, giving, and the promise of a new year — let us reflect on the profound value of appreciation.

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What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, called ACT (said like the word “act” rather than A-C-T) is a type of therapy that was created by Steven C. Hayes. It is deemed the “cousin” of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) because it has some similar underpinnings to CBT in that it incorporates both cognitive and behavioral aspects, but looks at behavior and cognitions through a different lens. ACT also finds inspiration through Buddhist teachings.

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A Sense of Mattering

A Sense of Mattering

In the intricate web of existence, amid the challenges and uncertainties, the concept of mattering shines brightly. Mattering is the profound recognition that our lives are intertwined with each other and more connected than we think.

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Grief and the Holidays

Grief and the Holidays

While the holidays may bring celebration and joy, they can also be a difficult time for others, especially those who are in the midst of grief.

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Models of Disability

Models of Disability

A model of disability means a way of conceptualizing disabilities. While there are many models of disability, there are three main models of disability that are used today. These include the Medical Model, Functional Model, and Social Model.

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Practicing Social Skills with Children

Practicing Social Skills with Children

Social skills are very important for a child’s development. Strong social skills assist a child in developing strong language skills, creativity, social intelligence, and confidence, but social skills are tough!

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Living With an Invisible Illness

Living With an Invisible Illness

October is Invisible Illness Awareness Month. In honor of this, let’s dive into what invisible illness means and work to understand how it impacts one’s lived experience.

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Therapy and Medication Combination

Therapy and Medication Combination

Medication and therapy both help people relieve and manage psychological wellbeing. There are many reasons why a person may choose to only use medication or only participate in therapy

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Understanding Loneliness

Understanding Loneliness

Loneliness, as described and explained, by Dr. Jeremy Nobel (2023) is defined as the uncomfortable feeling of a perceived gap between the connections we want with others and the connections we feel we have. He categorizes loneliness into: psychological loneliness, societal loneliness and existential lonelines

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Men and Masulinity

Men and Masulinity

It’s up to us to instill a broader view of what being a man means in our culture, across all racial, sexual, and other social identities, so that we can create a healthier view of masculinity.

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What exactly is ADHD?

What exactly is ADHD?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is most often diagnosed in childhood (symptoms must be present prior to age twelve) and can persist into adulthood.

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How to Get the Most Out of Therapy

How to Get the Most Out of Therapy

So, how do you get the most out of your therapeutic experience during and after you’ve connected with a therapist? Here are four things you can do to make sure you are getting the most from your experience.

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Understanding Grief

Understanding Grief

Because loss is to be expected, it is important to acknowledge and identify grief and its many faces. The popularized belief follows a five-stage model of grief.

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True Relaxation

True Relaxation

There are a few different ways we can tap into our parasympathetic nervous system. Practicing present focus without judgment, otherwise known as mindfulness, is a great way to regulate your nervous system.

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Practicing Self Compassion

Practicing Self Compassion

As you practice saying these things to yourself, focus on the feelings of comfort and soothing that arise. Sometimes, you may experience sadness or longing to hear this from others at the same time.

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Using Values to Make Choices

Using Values to Make Choices

Values are what makes life meaningful and our values can motivate and help us make choices. Values, as I mean here, are not “goals”, instead they are guiding principles.

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Welcome to Our Blog

Welcome to Our Blog

Each week we will work to provide relevant psychology information, including but not limited to, applying psychology to current events, understanding mental health diagnoses, utilizing psychology practices in everyday life, and more!

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