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Self-Determination

Self-determination. Have you heard this term? If not, you might have heard about self-determination in a different way, choice. But, what does the term really mean? If you Google self-determination it comes up with two choices, one is about a country's statehood, the...

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The Importance of Relationships

Relationships, don't want to live with them at times, but physically can't live without relationships. Human beings are social creatures. Babies like having relationships with people, they watch our every move, they listen to our voice (even before they are born!)....

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Grieving is a Ping Pong Ball

So, I am sure you are asking, what do ping pong balls have to do with grief and loss? I am so glad you asked! Most of us know what happens when we play ping pong and the ball goes rogue. The ping pong ball bounces off the edge of the table, it goes one way, then the...

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Finding Peace When Overwhelmed

Have u ever felt overwhelmed u start to feel some or a lot of anxiety? So much going on at home, getting kids to sporting events, doing laundry for your spouse’s meeting, running to the store to get dinner, having to plan your own meeting for work, etc, ...

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Men and Women Speak Different Languages

I was talking with my husband the other day, and I determined that men and women at times seem like they speak different languages, even if they both speak English! Well, it doesn’t have to be men versus women, but maybe more people who think logically and...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

It's that depressing time of year again... The heats been over for a little while, it's cloudy, it's rainy, it's well, depressing, and to top it all off, we won't see another sunset after 7pm until March! That is a lot of darkness until daylight savings kicks in...

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Change Can Be A Rollercoaster

Change, it’s sort of like a rollercoaster, isn’t it? It can be exciting and scary all at the same time. We don’t always know where the next twist or turn is going to take us. When we finally take the plunge towards change, down that humongous hill,...

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The Devastating Effects of an Affair

If you've ever been through an affair in your relationship, it can have devastating effects. An affair can lead to divorce, loss of relationships (not only the ex-partner, but also loss of relationships with their parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, etc.), anxiety,...

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Let It Go

The longer I live, the more I realize that peace comes to me when I let go, not when I hold on.  The thing to let go of that causes the resulting feeling of peace the most?  Control.  Ya, we human beings hate that don’t we?  Nevertheless, that’s our topic today, so...

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About Therapy

Maybe it feels like Groundhog Day.  A hamster wheel that never stops.  The never-ending rollercoaster ride to Perdition.  You’ve tried and tried and tried to make a relationship work, or to talk yourself into feeling better.  It’s not working.  Can’t I just be happy? ...

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Where does peace come from?

I had a client ask me one time, “Where does peace come from?” You see, I have a mug in my office that has a saying on it about peace, and I think it captures the feeling that most everyone that comes to therapy is looking for…it reads: “Peace. It does not mean to be...

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The Cure For Abandonment

Written by Nancy Eisenman on March 10, 2010 In the waiting room, there are all kinds of tea and coffee, water and Crystal Light packets. We also have a pretty extensive stash of candy. Every once in a great while, I’ll offer a new client that looks a little uneasy a...

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There Is No Substitute

What a beautiful morning!  There is a bird singing outside my window and the sunrise was breathtaking. While it is not my norm, I am more of a night owl, I woke up early this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I thought I’d blog awhile.  The subject I want to...

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Step Four, Check!

 As promised in my post “Step Three, Check!“, this entry is to report, and celebrate, MY GRADUATION!!!!  You may all now call me “Master”, HA HA!  My official moniker is now Nancy J. Eisenman, MSW.  My master’s degree in social work is in the books, diploma on the...

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Intentionally Counter-Intuitive

What?  What the heck does that mean, right?  That’s what I would like to discuss today.  Grab a cup of coffee (I’m having Wild Mountain Blueberry, yummy!) and let’s get to it. One of my many mentors, Jerry Wise, brought up this “Intentionally Counter-Intuitive” phrase...

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Step Two, Check!

Anyone who regularly reads my blog knows that I am a Masters student at Indiana University.  I thought I would take a moment today to update you on my path to becoming an MSW! This year has been such a busy one for me, with many irons in the fire at once.  Besides...

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“Bad It!”

I’m thoroughly enjoying a much needed vacation this week!  I do enjoy blogging very much, but haven’t had as much time as I’d like to do it lately, with the end of the spring semester and all.  I ended up passing both of my classes with flying colors, though, another...

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Self-Care Is Imperative

I thought today I would give you a quick update on what’s going on with me, but I promise to make a good therapeutic point, too, since you went to the trouble to stop by! I am taking my first grad school class.  It’s called Immersion.  (Seems an accurate description...

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Dealing With An Affair, Part 3

We’ll make this the last post of this short series about affairs.  I promised you titles of some good books on the subject.  There are a couple that we recommend frequently where I work.  “Surviving An Affair” by Willard Harley is a good one.  A newer one that is for...

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Dealing With An Affair, Part 2

Welcome back for Part 2 of a quick series on affair-related issues.  I thought today we could look at the other side of the coin.  We talked about the person whose spouse strayed, but what about the person who did the straying?  Are they really the devil incarnate as...

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Dealing With An Affair, Part 1

Thank you for stopping by the Waiting Room today. I’m so glad you did! Today’s topic is actually inspired by request…I have a few friends who read my blog who are either close to folks who are dealing with affair issues or are in an affair themselves, etc. I’m deeply...

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That Dangerous “E” Word

I have had the same word coming up over and over in my mind, crossing my path in several different situations and contexts, for the past few months. For whatever reason, it’s just been a glaring theme that keeps popping into my head. To me, that says it’s time for a...

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We See Things As We Are

I have another quote today that spoke to me, and I just wanted to say a couple of quick words about it. “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”                                                                    – Anais Nin Here’s another quote that...

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The Meaning of Life

Whoa!  Pretty deep, huh? The meaning of life, really? We’re talking no small potatoes for a blog topic. We’re going to go deep today, guys.  Would you believe a 36-year-old wannabe therapist who works as an assistant in a waiting room would think she knows anything...

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“The Secret”

I watched a movie called “The Secret” yesterday.  It is sort of a documentary type film that wants to teach us how to think and feel so we can attract good things in our lives.  It was really interesting, and I liked it.  Sometimes stuff like that seems a little too...

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When We Know Better

OK, I know I’ve talked about this before, but it’s something that I struggle with, so I’m going to blog about it somemore, and preach some more to myself.  I need to talk myself into some things, so you can come along for the ride, and hopefully learn and heal from my...

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Infidelity Statistics

I recently saw some statistics on infidelity in a magazine in another waiting room, and I felt compelled to share.  The numbers were absolutely staggering!  I didn’t check the scientific methods of this particular website, but just googled infidelity statistics and...

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How To Get Respect

Did you catch it?  If you did, I’m thoroughly impressed.  If you’ve been keeping up with my blog and read the one I posted entitled “Drop Your Pen” not too long ago, you might be saying to yourself “what is she talking about, ‘how to’…I thought it was all about...

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Don’t Tackle Addictions Alone

I recently met a woman with a couple of very powerful addictions, we’ll call her Denise (not her real name).  Denise was quite guarded with me at first, but she confided in me that she has had 2 addictions in particular for almost her entire life.  She is a...

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Drop Your Pen

I have to give props to my friend and co-worker Jerry Wise for today’s topic.  It has been something that was a profound insight for me in seeing things in myself and others; not only helping me accept people for where they are in their journeys (including myself),...

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Hidden Stuckness

When I read an article, book, or blog, I always try to find truths about myself, my own situation, and the world in general. I am a die-hard truth-seeker. I ask myself, how can I learn and grow from this information? This time though, the truth is that I’m really not...

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Smell The Roses

I’m back!  Woo! If you were missing me, I just got back from a week-long vacation.  It was totally relaxing, as all vacations should be.  We did go to a theme park for a couple of days, but the rest of the time was spent doing a whole lot of nothing much, except one...

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Step One, Check!

So I found out late last week that I’ve been accepted into the graduate school program at IUPUI!  I’ll be attending at the IU School of Social Work, studying toward my MSW, or Masters of Social Work.  The application was lengthy, and they were careful to tell us that...

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“Quite Unwilling”

I got tickled last night at my Bible class.  I’m doing a Beth Moore study called “Breaking Free.”  Wow, is it good.  I’m really enjoying it. Beth quoted 1 Corinthians 16:12 that tells of Paul “strongly urging” Apollos to go somewhere, and Apollos being “quite...

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Come Down From Your Tower

A friend of mine the other day was talking about a woman she was working with on a volunteer project.  This other lady was talking down to her, insulting her, and basically “being snotty” for no visible reason at all.  (My boss just blogged about why this lady may...

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What To Do?

So I signed my divorce papers yesterday.  Whew, that was really not an enjoyable experience.  Simply feeling ten different emotions at the same time, most of them contradicting each other, is just flat-out overwhelming.  Sadness, relief, anger, happiness, abandonment,...

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Dude, Just Puke It

Back in the day, when I was a member of a therapy group, I had a saying that became the norm for our little troupe when it was time for someone to just “get real.” One of the members of our group would be in pain that week, and would be upset and wanting to vent or...

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