Stillness and Tranquility: Recovery and Restoration

Carlos Durana Ph.D. practices counseling and therapy in Reston, Va and Bethesda, Md. Developing the virtues of stillness and tranquility is essential for recovery and restoring our strength and energy after stress, illness or surgery. Like deep nurturing sleep, stillness and tranquility allows the parasympathetic nervous system and other self-healing mechanisms in the body to ... Read More
 

Coping with Our Suffering: Grounded Mindfulness

Carlos Durana Ph.D. practices Counseling and Therapy in Reston, Va. Mindfulness can be defined as a quality or a skill of mind and heart characterized by an open, compassionate and non-judgmental attitude to the contemplation of reality. Practicing mindfulness has been shown in research studies to have positive effects in coping with stress, illness, negative ... Read More
 

Coping with Chronic Illness and Pain

Carlos Durana Ph.D. practices Counseling and Therapy in Bethesda, Md. And in Reston, Va. Chronic illness and pain often cause challenging and difficult life adjustments, decisions and demands. We may experience: ·       Grief and sadness over the loss of function and quality of life, ·       Anger and frustration about our new situation, ·       Loss of ... Read More
 

Love and Intimate Relationships

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. offers couples and relationship therapy in Reston, Virginia and Bethesda, Maryland. Love is a fundamental aspect of human experience. What is love? What is love in intimate relationships? Efforts to understand love abound over thousands of years of recorded human history, from those of poets to theologians to philosophers, for the ... Read More
 

Daily Temperature Reading

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. offers couples and relationship therapy in Reston, Virginia and Bethesda, Maryland. 1. Appreciations 2. Information 3. Puzzles 4. Complaints with requests for change 5. Hopes, wishes and dreams
 

Listening to the Body

Carlos Durana Ph.D. practices Counseling and Therapy in Reston, VA. One of my therapy specialties is to work with individuals with physical health issues that are influenced by stress, coping mechanisms, posture, unresolved personal or relationship issues, self-defeating ways of thinking, depression or anxiety. I teach clients practical tools for connecting and listening to their ... Read More
 

Exercise and Mental Health

Carlos Durana Ph.D. practices Counseling and Therapy in Bethesda, Md. Exercise can help prevent or manage a wide range of diseases; these may include methodic syndrome, cardiovascular diseases, certain types of cancer, arthritis, and others. Exercise can also help boost energy, control weight, and improve sex life and sleep. The importance of exercise is often ... Read More
 

Our Emotional Intelligence: purpose and tasks of emotions

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. offers counseling and therapy in Reston, Virginia and Bethesda, Maryland. Our emotional life is the foundation of our interpersonal intelligence, our capacity to relate to others in creative and fulfilling ways. As a form of intuitive knowledge, our emotions play a vital role in communication, fulfillment of needs, intimacy and reasoning. ... Read More
 

Beliefs (Exercise for self-exploration)

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. offers counseling and therapy in Bethesda, MD and Reston, VA. Make a list of the positive and negative beliefs in any or all of the following areas of your life: sexual behavior, ideas about right and wrong, beliefs about your role(s) in life, your self-worth, your work, friends and recreation, intellectual ... Read More