Author Archives: Samantha Wakach, LCSW

The Holiday Season: Strategies for Coping When you are Feeling Less Than Cheerful

This time of year there are images of family and holiday “cheer” all around us.  I started seeing Christmas decorations at my local CVS the day after Halloween, so the season as it were, seems to be several months long. … Continue reading

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Resilience can be learned, cultivated, and practiced.

There’s a line is a song by Pink: “We’re not broken just bent” that always strikes a resonant chord deep within me.  The song is all about a couple who is going through rough times and the perspective of the … Continue reading

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Social Media’s affect on self perception

The idea of having a quick and relatively easy way to both find and reconnect with friends and colleagues sounds harmless. And for some, perhaps it is. However, here’s my experience that I later started to observe in my clients, … Continue reading

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The Body as an Emotional Barometer

How often have I heard a new client say to me something like, “I don’t know. All of the sudden I felt this wave of panic and my heart started racing, I felt dizzy, and I felt like I was … Continue reading

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Personal Growth is Not a Linear Process.

My experience, both personally and professionally, has shown me that it is a “combing through” of tangles in our lives that leads to lasting change. We often desire an easier and less painful process, but when we are really in … Continue reading

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Alarming Trend: Prescription pills in our schools

In recent months, I have become increasingly alarmed and truly pained by the rising incidence of prescription pill use in middle schools and high schools all over Los Angeles. It seems to be particularly rampant in many of the private … Continue reading

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Is my child a liar, or just a good storyteller?

When a parent comes in with a chief complaint being that their child seems to compulsively lie its time to pause and consider how to think about this issue in a different and more constructive way.  Any problematic behavior, be … Continue reading

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Panic attacks and their impact on our relationships

  In my practice, I often get people coming in describing the abrupt onset of a panic “attack”.  This is a perfect description of what these escalated anxious episodes feel like for the sufferer: as if they are suddenly and … Continue reading

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Healthy Boundaries in Relationships

Having “Healthy Boundaries” is a concept I hear thrown around a lot by people who’ve had experiences in therapy, my fellow clinicians, and even pop culture/media these days.  It is also, unfortunately, an often misrepresented and misunderstood concept, in my … Continue reading

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Anxiety Management: A Case for Doing Your Homework

  When someone comes to me in the throws of a full-blown Panic or Anxiety disorder, I usually start with the most troubling symptoms and begin an immediate dialogue to help reduce these symptoms as soon as possible.  This is … Continue reading

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