Therapy

Dr. Ahmadinia offers therapy to adult individuals, adolescents and couples. Recommended treatment may be short or long-term, based on each client’s specific needs. Services Offered: I have special interest and experience in working with: Acculturation difficulties Anger Anxiety Bereavement and…

Mindfulness

  Mindfulness for Stress Reduction and Wellbeing Mindfulness is an evidence-based, simple, and very powerful practice of training our attention. It is often described as practicing a moment to moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment…

Workplace Wellness

Why We Need It: In a world of busy schedules, digital overload, pressure to perform and strained work-life balance, individuals today face a higher levels of chronic stress than ever before. Though our stress response exists to protect us, this wiring unfortunately…

Mindful Living

8 Tips for Everyday Mindfulness

For those of you who may be newer to mindfulness, it may be defined simply as a moment to moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. It is this present moment awareness that helps us accept and experience reality (internal and external) just as it is occurring to decrease stress and anxiety.

Alone Time: Self-Care For A Healthy Mind & Body

This time of year can be quite stressful for many of us: we stretch our budgets for holiday gifts, students take finals and family members get on each others nerves at the dinner table. Most of the time we are…

The Mindful Response to Relationship Conflict

More often than not, we react from a surface emotion without understanding it, knowing where it is coming from and without taking a moment to pause. That surface emotion typically is anger. However, if we look at the anger iceberg, we see that anger is a secondary emotion, with primary emotions, such as hurt, embarrassment, rejection, fear, etc lying below the surface.

Make America Kind Again: A Loving-Kindness Meditation Practice

One mindfulness practice, called “Loving-Kindness”, helps us take a different approach by cultivating an attitude of open, unconditional friendliness. This practice entails sending kind, compassionate, or loving intentions to several different categories of individuals: (1) one- self, (2) a cherished person or “mentor,” (3) a friend, (4) a neutral person or stranger, (5) an “enemy” or difficult person, and (6) all living beings (Salzberg, 2006). (For briefer introductory practices, see Audio.) The beauty of this practice is that you can adapt the phrases so that they resonate with you. “It counteracts the loneliness and sense of separation that comes from not feeing connected to other people. It is a powerful practice that can change how we respond to difficult situations over time. We can learn to turn down the volume on the internal, snide monologue of self-judgment and be kinder to ourselves” (Wolf & Serpa, 2015, p. 137).

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Enhancing Wellbeing in the Face of Traumatic Media Exposure

Sadly, the news of the last few months has been riddled with devastating stories of terrorist attacks, police brutality, murder, rape, racism, and injustice, leaving many of us struggling with difficult emotions. With technological advances, we are receiving  unrelenting minute to minute graphic coverage…

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Early Shame: When Ruptures Aren’t Repaired

For better or for worse, children remember. A child’s early interactions with their caregiver are one of the most influential factors in determining a child’s well-being and future functioning as an adult…As children are continuing to develop, the way our parents react to us and see us is the way we learn see ourselves. So, when a parent yells, ignores, or calls the child names rather than opening lines of communication and teaching the child, this sends them the message that “I am bad, “I am inadequate,” and “I am unlovable.” This can be particularly harmful if these interactions are repeated without repair, leading these beliefs to become internalized as truths for the child.

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